British Steel expands structural sections range

British Steel has extended its range of “Advance” structural sections for the construction sector by 71 additional beams and columns.

The range provides greater design flexibility due to the inclusion of often difficult-to-find intermediary dimensions, the steelmaker says. Product is available in both standard grades and in British Steel’s premium S460M and weathering steel grades.

“Optimising steel structures by precisely matching often difficult-to-find dimensions has the potential to provide sustainable, efficient and cost-reducing solutions through savings in structure weight, fabrication effort and logistical costs,” says British Steel commercial director construction Ben Cunliffe. The S460M grade allows further optimisation such as wider spans and reduced structure weight, he adds.

British Steel started offering weathering steel structural sections for the construction market last year (see Kallanish passim). The steel is produced at its Scunthorpe works and then rolled into sections at its Teesside Beam Mill. S460M grade was launched in late 2020.

Earlier this year, British Steel secured funding from the UK government for a feasibility study into switching from natural gas to green hydrogen as a fuel source for re-heating furnaces. The study links into the Tees Green Hydrogen project, a green hydrogen production centre to be set up by EDF Renewables UK and Hynamics in the Tees Valley that will, among other local businesses, supply British Steel.

Adam Smith Poland