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This page provides links to the most recent Steel Construction related articles, features and supplements that appear regularly in the key UK construction press.

[top]New Steel Construction magazine

New Steel Construction (NSC) magazine is provided free of charge ten times a year by the BCSA and Steel for Life, designed to keep you up to date on key developments in steel construction with a blend of industry news, current project reports, interviews with key industry figures and technical features from the SCI.

The magazine is available free of charge in a paper format for the UK and Ireland as well as in a digital format for use on tablets, smartphones and desktop computers. A regularly updated website also carries news of steel construction issues and projects, as well as the NSC digital library containing the current issue and archives.

The Advisory Desk or AD Notes published in every issue have been brought together and are available here.
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[top]NSC Annual Review

This NSC Annual Review brings together a number of projects featured in NSC magazine throughout 2016 that highlight the benefits of using structural steelwork for construction projects. These case studies are real proof of the cost, programme, safety and performance benefits of using steel framing.

Each article tells a different story from the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ commercial buildings at The Embankment, Salford to the speedy delivery of the new retail and leisure destination of The Lexicon in Bracknell. While they may be very different projects, in all cases the use of steel framing has delivered a suite of benefits to the design team, the construction programme, the building owners and its users.

This publication also showcases the wider benefits of steel under a number of headings – such as safety, speed of construction, cost, quality, sustainability, innovation, offsite manufacture, and key performance attributes such as vibration and acoustics.

Previous NSC Annual Reviews:

NSC Annual Review Jan15
NSC Annual Review Jan16

[top]NSC Technical Digest

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This NSC Technical Digest brings together all of the Advisory Desk Notes and Technical Articles from the steel construction sector published in NSC magazine throughout 2016. All of these articles can also be found on www.newsteelconstruction.com but we have responded to requests to bring them together in a separate format with this publication, the first in what is intended will be an annual series of Technical Digests.

AD Notes reflect recent developments in technical standards or new knowledge that designers need to be made aware of. Some of them arise because a question is being frequently asked of the steel sector’s technical advisers. They have always been recognised as essential reading for all involved in the design of constructional steelwork.

The longer Technical Articles offer more detailed insights into what designers need to know, often sparked by legislative changes or changes to codes and standards. Sometimes it is simply felt that it would be helpful if a lot of relatively minor changes, perhaps made over a period of time, were brought together in one place, so a technical update is needed. We hope you find this new publication of value.

NSC Technical Digest 2016

[top]Architecture Today – Steel Solutions

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The monthly magazine produced for the architectural community included a bi-annual supplement in 2014-15, Steel Solutions, covering steel construction project case studies and current topics of interest to Architects and others involved in design and construction with steel.

Steel Solutions 1 – Splashpoint Leisure Centre, Engineering & Computing Building (ECB) at Coventry University, Thermal Mass, July 2014
Steel Solutions 2 – The Francis Crick Institute, Slough Cultural Centre, Calculating Embodied Carbon, February 2015

[top]RIBA Journal – Steel Intelligence

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The official publication of the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA Journal includes a quarterly supplement, Steel Intelligence, covering steel construction project case studies and current topics of interest to Architects and others involved in design and construction with steel.

Steel Intelligence 1 - Derby Arena, Monument Place, Thermal mass and Stansted Airport, June 2014
Steel Intelligence 2 - 6 Bevis Marks, Merchant Square footbridge, Embodied carbon and Hunstanton School, October 2014
Steel Intelligence 3 – Reading Station, Costing steel, Stonehenge Visitor Centre and Gateshead Millennium Bridge, January 2015
Steel Intelligence 4 – St John Bosco Arts College, BIM, 199 Westminster Bridge Road and Leadenhall Building, June 2015
Steel Intelligence 5 – Leeds Station Southern Entrance, Long spans, 5 Broadgate, and the Royal Albert Bridge, May 2016
Steel Intelligence 6 – Ashton Old Baths, circular economy, University of Cambridge Primary School, and Exchange House, January 2017

[top]Building magazine – Costing Steelwork

‘Costing Steelwork’ is a new series in which Cost consultants AECOM provides guidance on the key elements of costing structural steelwork. These articles, which will be published in Building magazine every quarter, will examine the key cost drivers for different sectors, provide a building type specific cost comparison and include a cost table with indicative cost ranges for various frame types. These cost ranges can be used to act as a comparative cost benchmark. Subsequent articles will include cost comparison updates for each sector to ensure the cost data remains current.

The series will build over time to comprise studies into commercial, education, mixed-use, retail and industrial buildings. Each article will also examine the process of cost planning throughout the design stages, and provide a market update on tender price trends.

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Costing Steelwork 1 – Commercial Buildings, April 2017
Costing Steelwork 2 – Education Buildings, July 2017

[top]Building magazine – Steel Insight

Cost consultants Gardiner & Theobald produced a quarterly article from 2011 to 2016, Steel Insight, published in Building magazine, covering the cost of structural steelwork. The series provided guidance across a range of cost-related topics and market sectors for anyone in the supply chain with an interest in the cost of steelwork. Each issue of Steel Insight included a table of indicative costs for structural steelwork and associated products that were current at the time.

Steel Insight 1 – Structural steelwork, October 2011
Steel Insight 2 – Cost planning through design stages, January 2012
Steel Insight 3 – Comparative cost study - Multi-storey offices, April 2012
Steel Insight 4 – Cost planning of steel-framed multi-storey buildings, July 2012
Steel Insight 5 – Education buildings, October 2012
Steel Insight 6 – Industrial buildings, February 2013
Steel Insight 7 – Healthcare, April 2013

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Steel Insight 8 – Multi-storey commercial buildings, July 2013
Steel Insight 9 – Cost planning structural steelwork, November 2013
Steel Insight 10 – Key frame cost drivers, May 2014
Steel Insight 11 – Cost update and case studies: Commercial buildings, November 2014
Steel Insight 12 – Cost update and case studies: Industrial buildings, March 2015
Steel Insight 13 – Cost update and case studies: Retail buildings, July 2015
Steel Insight 14 – Cost update and case studies: Leisure buildings, October 2015
Steel Insight 15 – Cost update and case studies: Education buildings, February 2016
Steel Insight 16 – Cost update and case studies: Commercial buildings, May 2016
Steel Insight 17 – Cost update and case studies: Retail buildings, July 2016
Steel Insight 18 – Cost update and case studies: Industrial buildings, October 2016

[top]Building Design magazine – Steel Focus

The weekly newspaper for Architects, Building Design magazine, included a quarterly supplement from 2011 to 2013, Steel Focus, covering steel construction project case studies and current topics of interest to Architects and others involved in design and construction with steel.

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Steel Focus 1 - Media City Footbridge, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Target Zero, April 2011
Steel Focus 2 - SSDA 2011 - Cannon Place, The Rose Bowl, and The River Suir Bridge, July 2011
Steel Focus 3 - Neo Bankside, Bramall Music Building and Fire Protection, October 2011
Steel Focus 4 - The Shard, and Maggie’s Care Centre, February 2012
Steel Focus 5 - The Crystal urban sustainability centre, Leeds Arena and Thermal Mass, May 2012
Steel Focus 6 - SSDA 2012 - The Velodrome, Peace Bridge, and Olympic Stadium, July 2012
Steel Focus 7 - Ducie Court student accommodation, and Leadenhall, London, November 2012
Steel Focus 8 - Isaac Newton Academy, London, and Co-operative Group HQ, Manchester, February 2013
Steel Focus 9 – Brent Civic Centre, Twin Sails Bridge, Poole Harbour, and Embodied Carbon, May 2013
Steel Focus 10 – 20 Fenchurch Street, University of Winchester, and Cost Analysis, July 2013
Steel Focus 11 – Heathrow Terminal 2, Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station, Fire protection, November 2013

[top]Construction News – Steel Spotlight

Construction News is a leading weekly source of news for the UK construction sector. It includes a regular supplement, Steel Spotlight, covering steel construction project case studies and current topics of interest to everyone in the construction supply chain with an interest in steel construction.

Steel Spotlight 1 – SSDA 2011: The Amex Community Stadium, and St Botolph Building, July 2011
Steel Spotlight 2 – Co-operative HQ, Big Yellow and the Mary Rose Museum, November 2011
Steel Spotlight 3 – St George’s Park, and Cheltenham East Fire Station, February 2012

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Steel Spotlight 4 – The Shard, Thermal Mass, and the North East Quadrant Regents Park, May 2012
Steel Spotlight 5 – SSDA 2012: Walbrook Building, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, July 2012
Steel Spotlight 6 – Brent Civic Centre, Trinity Square, and Fire Engineering, November 2012
Steel Spotlight 7 – 20 Fenchurch Street, BREEAM, Royal Greenwich UTC, March 2013
Steel Spotlight 8 – Nottingham Express Transit, 6 Bevis Marks, Mansfield Bus Station, June 2013
Steel Spotlight 9 – Aberdeen health village, Derby sports arena, Sainsbury’s Longbridge, Ardley EfW plant, September 2013
Steel Spotlight 10 – Manchester Victoria Station, Manchester Cancer Research Centre, Hallsville Quarter, December 2013
Steel Spotlight 11 – Aldgate Tower, Swansea University Bay Campus, Redcar Leisure and Community Heart, April 2014
Steel Spotlight 12 – Leadenhall Building, Silverburn Shopping Centre, St. Thomas' Hospital, Embodied Carbon, October 2014
Steel Spotlight 13 – SSDA 2015: Moorgate Exchange, Imperial War Museum and Derby Arena, July 2015
Steel Spotlight 14 – SSDA 2016: Harlech Castle Footbridge, The Memorial Spire, and London Olympic Roof Conversion, October 2016

[top]New Civil Engineer – Structural Steelwork in Action

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New Civil Engineer is the magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers. It publishes a biannual special report, Structural Steelwork in Action, which covers the crucial role played by structural steelwork in the UK construction supply chain.

Structural Steelwork in Action 1 – October 2011
Structural Steelwork in Action 2 – November 2012
Structural Steelwork in Action 3 – November 2013
Structural Steelwork in Action 4 – November 2014
Structural Steelwork in Action 5 – April 2015
Structural Steelwork in Action 6 – November 2015
Structural Steelwork in Action 7 – April 2016
Structural Steelwork in Action 8 – November 2016
Structural Steelwork in Action 9 – June 2017

[top]The Structural Engineer

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The Structural Engineer is the magazine of the Institution of Structural Engineers. It covers news as well as techncial articles and features of relevance to structural engineers involved in steel design and construction.

A comparative embodied carbon assessment of commercial buildings - October 2012

[top]Structural Steel Design Awards

The Structural Steel Design Awards 2016 brochure was produced by the BCSA and Steel for Life in association with Kovic Design Limited.

Five projects were Award winners at this year’s Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA), which were announced at a special presentation held at the Museum of London on 5th October 2016. The winning projects were London Olympic Roof Conversion, Harlech Castle Footbridge, Thames Tower Redevelopment, Reading, South Stand Expansion, Etihad Stadium and The Memorial Spire, International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln. Projects receiving commendations included 6 Bevis Marks Roof Garden, London, Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, Belfast, The Diamond Engineering Building, The University of Sheffield and Land Rover BAR America’s Cup HQ Building, Portsmouth. Two projects received certificates of merit, namely Leeds Station Southern Entrance and Energy from Waste Facility, Ardley.

Television news presenter Emma Crosby presented the awards, now in their 48th year. The judges selected the Award winning projects from a short list of 21, with all entries scoring highly in efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation.

Previous commemorative brochures:

SSDA 2015, SSDA 2014, SSDA 2013, SSDA 2012

[top]Steel construction – Commercial Buildings

The Steel construction – Commercial Buildings supplement was produced by Steel for Life and the BCSA and distributed with the main UK construction press in November 2016. The publication gives an overview of the multi-storey office buildings sector and is the latest in a series of publications from the steel sector that aims to keep construction professionals abreast of developments that will help them in design and construction of steel-framed buildings.

Using case studies of real projects that are under construction, the reasons why steel frames are consistently the preferred market choice for multi-storey buildings are explained. Cost data from model studies of the sort of buildings that are actually being constructed in the UK explain why on cost grounds alone steel frames are selected for around 70% of multi-storey commercial buildings.

Case studies also show steel’s inherent on-site advantages, regularly delivering the savings on construction programmes that make life so much easier for hard-pressed construction teams. Just in time delivery of offsite fabricated steel chimes perfectly with the drive towards modern methods of construction, and the recent Farmer Review finding that construction’s survival as an industry may depend on more widespread adoption of such techniques.


[top]Steel construction – Floor vibration

The Steel construction – Floor vibration supplement was produced by Steel for Life and the BCSA and was be distributed with NSC magazine in May 2016.

For most multi-storey commercial buildings, straightforward steel construction will meet the required vibration performance criteria without modification. For more vibration-sensitive applications, such as hospital operating theatre floors or research laboratories, steel’s advantages can be utilised, although stiffer solutions may be necessary. Even if a stiffer floor is required, steel remains the most cost-effective and lightweight solution.

Long-span applications, for which steel is the only option, have been found to offer good dynamic performance, despite common preconceptions that steel composite floors are thought to be livelier than concrete ones. This is because the stiffer beams and large mass of the long-span floor plates, which participates in any motion, reduce the magnitude of the vibration response. The steel sector has extensive experience in designing steel structures to ensure compliance with even the strictest vibration performance criteria.

This guide is an introduction to the subject of floor vibrations. It describes what they are, what levels are acceptable and how they are assessed, and introduces a new web-based simple design tool.

[top]Steel construction – Embodied Carbon

The Steel Construction – Embodied Carbon supplement was produced by Tata Steel and the BCSA in September 2014.

The term ‘embodied carbon’ refers to the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions that occur during the manufacture and transport of construction materials and components, as well as the construction process itself and end of life aspects of the building. In recent years, the embodied carbon of construction materials has become synonymous with the term ‘carbon footprint’.

As the operational energy efficiency of buildings is improved, the relative importance of the embodied carbon impact is increasing. As a consequence, it is receiving more attention by designers.

The purpose of this guide is to give designers an overview of how embodied carbon should be considered, some practical guidance on how to assess embodied carbon on individual projects and some case studies on how structural steelwork compares with other framing materials.

[top]Steel construction – Thermal mass

The Steel construction - Thermal mass supplement was produced by Tata Steel and the BCSA and distributed with the main UK construction press between January and early March 2014.

Thermal mass describes the ability of the fabric of a building to absorb and store heat. Used effectively, it can reduce cooling loads and, in some cases, remove the requirement to provide air conditioning. In most multi-storey buildings, the thermal mass is provided by the concrete in the upper floor slabs.

This guide is an introduction to the use of thermal mass to reduce operational energy use in non-domestic buildings in the UK. It describes thermal mass and explains how it can be used as part of a fabric energy storage (FES) strategy to achieve sustainable, energy efficient buildings.

It dispels the myth that thermal mass is only effective in heavyweight buildings with thick concrete floors and demonstrates that fabric energy storage strategies are equally effective in structurally efficient, steel-framed buildings.

[top]Steel construction – Cost

The Steel construction - Cost supplement was produced by Tata Steel and the BCSA and distributed with the main UK construction press between November 2013 and January 2014. This was updated in April 2014, November 2014, March 2015, July 2015, October 2015, February 2016, May 2016, July 2016 and again in October 2016 to reflect the last set of cost data from Gardiner & Theobald.

The configuration and material of a building’s frame are usually chosen early in the design process – changing them later can have significant programme and cost implications and a consequential impact on the design of other major building elements. It is therefore crucial to support informed decision-making with realistic cost information at the early stages of the project.

Steel frames consistently capture a market share in the multi-storey non-residential building market of around 70% and cost advantages are often cited as a key reason in selection of the framing material. It is therefore very important to understand how to cost it accurately.

This guide is designed to take building professionals through each stage of the cost planning process and it sets out the primary considerations when cost planning during the initial design stages, through option analysis and into detailed design to support informed decision-making throughout the design process.

Whilst the general guidance and cost comparison study presented in this publication are still relevant, for the latest cost data for steel-framed buildings, please refer to the cost table.

[top]Steel construction – Fire Protection

The Steel construction - Fire Protection supplement was produced by Tata Steel and the BCSA and distributed with the main UK construction press in September/October 2013.

More is known about structural steelwork in fire than any other construction material. Its performance has been determined through a series of full-scale fire tests, which are unparalleled for other materials.

Determining the fire protection requirements for the structural steelwork of a building is a simple and straightforward process, consistent across all types of common buildings. The procedure is clearly set out in this document, which is intended to be a reference aid for designers at all levels. Whilst it is a standalone guide, it also points the designer to the wealth of online articles available on this topic.

[top]Steel construction – CE Marking

The Steel construction – CE Marking supplement was originally produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel in association with Barrett Byrd Associates, and distributed with key construction titles during March/April 2013. Since then it has been updated to reflect the passing of time, and most recently a change in the procedure for selecting the Execution Class for a structure. This is version 4.

CE Marking for all construction products, covered by a harmonised European standard or conforming to a European Technical Assessment became mandatory on 1 July 2013. For fabricated structural steelwork, CE Marking became mandatory on 1 July 2014. This represents a major development for engineers, contractors and steelwork specialists and it demands careful attention to the new obligations imposed.

This 20-page publication highlights how the steel construction sector has been working behind the scenes towards achieving CE Marking. Perhaps more importantly, it spells out in detail what it will mean for the rest of the construction sector and what you need to do to comply with the Construction Products Regulation that is the legal basis for the new regime.

[top]Steel construction – education sector

The Steel construction - education sector supplement was produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel and distributed with the main UK construction press in January/February 2013. The publication gives an overview of the education sector, highlights the key design and construction issues and presents a series of project case study reports that highlight how steel delivers first-class, cost-effective and sustainable school buildings.

[top]The surest way is steel

The Surest Way is Steel was produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel and distributed with the main UK construction press in summer 2012. It contains a summary of the benefits of steel construction, including articles on health and safety, sustainability and the cost of structural steelwork, as well as project case studies from the residential and multi-story office sectors.

[top]The whole story – from cradle to grave

The whole story – from cradle to grave, was produced by the publishers of Building magazine and Building Design magazine in association with Tata Steel and the BCSA. It investigates the whole lifecycle assessment of construction materials from sourcing to end of life. It includes a foreword by Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council.

[top]Target Zero – Cost effective routes to carbon reduction

The Target Zero ‘Cost Effective Routes to Carbon Reduction’ supplement was produced by the publishers of Building magazine and Building Design magazine in association with Tata Steel and the BCSA in February 2011. The supplement gives readers an introduction into the Target Zero study, a research project to determine the most cost-effective combinations of materials and technologies needed to make low and zero carbon buildings a reality. It also presents the results and key findings to give clients and designers a clear steer on early decisions for the five different building types studied: schools, warehouses, supermarkets, offices and mixed-use.

Target Zero is the largest and most comprehensive study undertaken to date to assess and compare the sustainability performance of new non-domestic buildings in the UK. All building and alternative structural options, energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies analysed were independently costed.

The study was undertaken by a consortium of leading organisations in the field of sustainable construction: AECOM and The Sweett Group with steel construction expertise provided by Tata Steel Europe RD&T and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI). Full results and guidance from the programme are freely available.