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News - July, 2012

The ArcelorMittal Orbit



Barnshaw’s Hamilton curve one of Britain’s tallest sculptures for Olympics

At 115 meters tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is set to be one of the tallest sculptures in Britain, and a lasting tribute to the 2012 London Olympics. Visitors will have the opportunity to climb the continuous looping lattice of tubular steel via its long spiraling walkway, bent by Barnshaw Steel Bending Hamilton.

The staircase is made up of modules, constructed using spiral box sections up to 300mm deep. The sections had to be mandrel spiraled which was a new tequnique; developed by Barnshaws Hamilton Branch, specifically for the sculpture.


New Wimbledon roof



Staff beaming at new Wimbledon roof

While the nation has been gripped by the tennis on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, a team of Black Country engineers have had their eyes a little higher – they have been watching the performance of the court’s new sliding roof.

Workers at Barnshaw Section Benders in Coseley shaped the beams that give the roof its dramatic shape. Barnshaw commercial director Greg North said: “We curved 66 49ft box sections for the roof structure, so obviously accuracy was very important.”


Trinity Square, Gateshead



Barnshaws exceeds expectations in section bending project for Trinity Square, Gateshead

Through our ongoing relationship with William Hares, as well as our ability to do the impossible and exceed client’s expectations, Barnshaws got awarded with the Trinity Square metal bending project.

The £150m development is a revamp of Gateshead town Centre. The project comprises of a new Tesco Extra, new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, a new 993-room student village, over 750 parking spaces & a new town square.


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