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New school takes shape with steel

Name of fabricator: REIDsteel
Galvanized by: Joseph Ash Galvanizing
Contractors: Tata SteelNational Tube Stockholders, EurocladAyrshire Metal ProductsBAPPPowell Gee & Co LtdKestrel Liner AgenciesMeachers Global Logistics and Newton Construction Co Ltd
End client: Enis Adams Primary School
Finish provided: Hot dip galvanizing


Project goals
The Enis Adams Primary School in the British Virgin Islands was destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. To help the island and the school community, Dorset based John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) led a consortium of businesses in the UK to help rebuild the school. The company, which has exported to the Caribbean for more than 30 years, rallied its suppliers to provide support free of charge, in kind or at a discounted rate to the total value of £35,000.

Joseph Ash Galvanizing was happy to help.

What happened
REIDsteel – whose specialities include disaster-resistant buildings – designed and manufactured the steelwork for the new school to withstand any future hurricanes and to give something back to the islands.

REIDsteel provided design and manufacturing services on a not for profit basis worth over £30,000.

In total, seven 40’ cargo containers full of steel work were shipped across the Atlantic for the project on the island of Tortola.

Tata Steel helped with the supply of ComFlor® floor decking and provided Colorcoat® pre-finished steel including Colorcoat Prisma®, whilst Cardiff based Euroclad gave finished roof systems.

Thirsk-based National Tube Stockholders gave steel tube and steel hollow sections.

Joseph Ash Galvanizing hot dip galvanized the structural steelwork and Ayrshire Metal Products gave secondary steel – cold rolled purlins.

Barnsley-based BAPP supplied industrial fasteners and bolts, Powell Gee of Shrewsbury supplied fixings for floor decking and the external cladding envelope.

Kestrel Liner Agencies, a global Caribbean shipping specialist which offers weekly sailings from more than 145 ports to the Caribbean basin, helped with shipment and Meachers Global Logistics with shipping services.

Outcome
Much to the delight of the pupils, teachers and islanders, the new school opened in 2019.

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