Vinci lands work on £400m steel scheme

Vinci has won a £70m early works contract on a South Yorkshire steel manufacturing plant.

Sheffield Forgemasters is planning a £400m overhaul of its facility over the next decade and has appointed the contractor to construct a new service road, carry out demolition work and services diversions.

The wider upgrade will include the installation of a 13,000 tonne forge-line.

Vinci Building regional director Chris Winspear said the company was happy to have won the contract to “kick off the first phase of a significant investment into the company and to the wider benefit of the Sheffield City Region”.

The contractor will also carry out intrusive survey works, provide support with scheduling and risk management, supply chain engagement and the development of costs for main construction works.

Sheffield Forgemasters chief operating officer Gareth Barker said: “This contract is a key milestone in our recapitalisation project, which will see up to £400m invested across the site to first establish a new heavy forging-line and to then install 16 new machining centres to increase our capabilities as a world-leading engineering facility.”

Consultants Turner & Townsend, Tetra Tech and JLL are also working with Sheffield Forgemasters on the project.

Sheffield Forgemasters’s new 13,000 tonne Mitsubishi press has been shipped from Japan and is now in secure storage prior to its installation.

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