Teesside steel is being used to build a multi-million pound base for Cleveland Police and partners in Middlesbrough – in a significant boost to the beleaguered steel industry.
Around 100 tonnes of Teesside steel – along with a further 140 tonnes from other British sites – is being used by Esh Build in the construction of the Community Safety Hub at Hemlington.
Overall the steel used in the project is worth £300,000.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner specified that suppliers should provide British steel to the building. Esh went one step further by providing Teesside steel.
The move is seen as a significant boost to the local economy following the closure of SSI’s Redcar steelworks.
Paul Redman, divisional director of Esh Build, an Esh Group company, said: “The construction of the Community Safety Hub is both economically and socially important to the Cleveland area.
“As build partners Esh is determined to drive maximum value for the local supply chain – and that means buying local products and services.
“It’s exciting to be using steel produced on the doorstep. Doing so has the added benefit of protecting jobs on Teesside, reducing the carbon footprint of the project and guaranteeing we have quality products to use.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The best steel in the world comes from Britain so it’s fantastic that such an important building will be using materials from the local area.
“The Community Safety Hub will leave a lasting legacy for local people and by using Teesside steel, it will boost the local economy and manufacturing in the area. I’m pleased that Esh has given a commitment to ensure that 85% of suppliers are within a 25 mile radius of the area.”
The steel – which comes from British Steel’s Lackenby beam mill facility – will be used in the frame of the Safety Hub, the building’s main structure.
Last year Tata Steel’s Long Products Europe division, which operates the Lackenby site, was sold to Greybull Capital and renamed under the British Steel banner.
Paul added: “Buying local also extends to our building materials, and on Teesside we’re fortunate to have a high quality steel producer, capable of supplying superior products that are integral to this type of project.”
Esh Build will also use 100 tonnes of steel from British Steel’s Scunthorpe site, and 40 tonnes from its Corby facility.
The 3,600 sq ft Community Safety Hub will provide a base for Cleveland police officers and staff as they tackle complex and life threatening issues using the latest technology.
As the flagship building for policing on Teesside the Safety hub will house the police control room, in which major decisions take place.
Along with procuring local products and services, Esh will boost local skills by offering site visits and work experience opportunities on the site.
The firm’s Added Value team will also support surrounding schools through its Building My Skills initiative – a year-long employability programme that puts industry professionals in front of school children to introduce them to the world of work.