ANYWELD https://anyweld.co.uk Steelwork & Glass Specialists for Balconies, Balustrades, Staircases & Structural Components Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:26:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://anyweld.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ANYWELD-AW.png ANYWELD https://anyweld.co.uk 32 32 Computer Aided Design (CAD) Advantages https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/10/27/computer-aided-design/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/10/27/computer-aided-design/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:12:49 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1369 In this post we’ll be looking at how Computer Aided Design (CAD), benefits a project, whether it be for structural steel or architectural metalwork. With technology taking over, traditional drafting methods are becoming a thing of the past. CAD helps with not only the design aspect of a project but benefits each step throughout. “You […]

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In this post we’ll be looking at how Computer Aided Design (CAD), benefits a project, whether it be for structural steel or architectural metalwork. With technology taking over, traditional drafting methods are becoming a thing of the past. CAD helps with not only the design aspect of a project but benefits each step throughout.

“You can use an eraser on the drawing table or a sledgehammer on the construction site.” – Frank Lloyd wright

Computer Aided Design (CAD) modelling bespoke balcony

Advantages

CAD lets bespoke projects be modelled in either 2D or 3D, and includes dimensions, materials, and tolerance. Allowing designers to consider different elements means targeting potential problems before it’s too late. If a problem does occur, designers can amend designs to evolve with the project itself.

Computer Aided Designs have the benefit of being very detailed. These details can be passed to engineers and contractors promptly and worked on further. Being able to share work and make it accessible to all those necessary means projects can reach completion faster. Plus, the accuracy that is provided with CAD means less problems further down the line, saving time and money.

CAD produces high quality work. Having accurate, detailed drawings to show to clients will allow them to understand how a project is progressing and modifications are able to be made if needed.

The design stage of any project is extremely important. Not only is it the first step that needs completing, but it is then referred to by others throughout a project. If any elements aren’t accurate then further stages will be compromised. Luckily, CAD reduces human error and allows different parts needed for a project to be focused on in detail.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) of steel frame

At ANY Weld we have an in-house team of designers who can help in the process of bringing your ideas to life, for either domestic or commercial projects. For any further information or enquiries call us on 01271 860794 or email enquiries@anyweld.co.uk today.

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The benefits of off-site manufacturing https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/10/20/the-benefits-of-off-site-manufacturing/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/10/20/the-benefits-of-off-site-manufacturing/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:25:26 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1361 Many in the construction industry have adopted and are favouring off-site manufacturing. To reach needed levels of sustainability, plus the cost and productivity targets desired by the Government and the Construction Leadership Council, off-site manufacturing seems the way to go. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the benefits of off-site manufacturing and how the […]

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Many in the construction industry have adopted and are favouring off-site manufacturing. To reach needed levels of sustainability, plus the cost and productivity targets desired by the Government and the Construction Leadership Council, off-site manufacturing seems the way to go. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the benefits of off-site manufacturing and how the use of steel compliments this process.

Cost

Throughout the off-site manufacturing process, costs will be cut down over time. Off-site manufacturing speeds up a whole operation, so straight away this is going to save money when it comes to working hours.

Less waste, less vehicle and equipment use, and less errors being made as a result of increased precision, all help keep costs to a minimum.

Speed

Many elements of off-site manufacturing aid the time it takes to complete work. In factory and workshop settings, there are less set backs such as poor weather conditions, which may disrupt on-site work. Deadlines are met far more efficiently when workers can avoid unpredictable and uncontrollable conditions.

Safety

Health and safety are of great importance in building/construction settings. Being able to reduce risks wherever possible is a huge advantage. Working off-site in a factory environment means less hazards such as falls and equipment accidents. There is also a lot less vehicle movement, and again, no working in poor weather conditions. Both of these factors reduce risks as well.

Sustainability

We’re always striving to make all aspect of life more sustainable. In the construction industry, off-site manufacturing is a great way in which we can help reduce our carbon footprints. Off-site manufacturing requires reduced usage of heavy machinery and produces a much smaller amount of waste. Additionally, construction sites produce much less pollution making them considerably less disruptive.

Higher quality of work

With all factors considered, the working conditions off-site are much better. They’re safer and more predictable, meaning the quality of work gets completed to a higher standard. Factory-based work can allow multiple people involved to work closely together. Manufacturers can work directly with designers and in-turn ensure complete precision of work.

The benefits of using steel in off-site manufacturing

Steel is a popular material for many reasons. It’s strong, durable, sustainable, and is a great choice for off-site manufacturing. The design software used makes processes efficient and accurate. Steelwork manufactured off-site produces minimal waste compared to other materials. Storage isn’t required when steelwork arrives on site on time and gets erected straight away.

Here at ANY Weld, our in-house teams work on every stage of a project from design to installation. We have a 15,000 sq/ft workshop on site where all fabrication takes place.

We can take on both domestic and commercial jobs, for any information email enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or call 01271 860794.

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Safer environments are being created all over the world following the novel coronavirus outbreak. We explain how introducing antimicrobial touch surfaces into different environments can help create safer spaces.

The world we live in now is very different to how it was a year ago. Instead of the normal ‘keys, wallet, phone’ check we all do before leaving the house, it’s now ‘mask, sanitizer, am I sure I don’t feel ill?’

Despite everyone calling it ‘the new normal’, we know it can still be easy to forget to wash and sanitize your hands after everything you touch. Maybe you’re rushing through a train station and hold onto a handrail. By the time you’ve made it to your train are you going to think about what you’ve touched? Would you have already spread those germs anyway?

During these times it makes sense to everyone to try and make the environments we find our selves in as safe as possible. Places have one-way systems, hand sanitizers at every door, and face mask policies. However, the materials used on high touch surfaces that we constantly find ourselves coming into contact with can harbour bacteria and germs, and viruses can live on them for days.

According to new research by Australia’s National Science Agency, the CSIRO, SARS-CoV-2 can survive on some surfaces for up to 28 days. They also found that the virus survived much longer at lower temperatures, including room temperature. Although, the research was carried out in dark conditions when UV light is known to help kill COVID-19.

antimicrobial handrail

Different touch surfaces and their antimicrobial properties

An antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth, including bacteria and viruses.

Some materials that we use for touch surfaces can have antimicrobial properties, but which ones work best?

First there’s stainless steel, the material that we find most used for things such as door handles, handrails, push plates, etc. Stainless steel has no inherent antimicrobial properties and can harbour deadly bacteria and viruses for days.

Secondly, silver has started being used to make antimicrobial infection control products. However, in regular situations it is not going to be at all effective. Silver’s antimicrobial properties are only measurable once you reach a temperature of 37C and a humidity of 95%, neither of which are going to be likely in any environment we find ourselves in on a day-to-day basis.

Silver can also be used in antimicrobial coatings, which over time can and will wear and weaken. It cannot kill MRSA on dry touch surfaces either.

What can we offer?

At ANYWeld, we can offer HYGI-Rail products from HYGI-Group Ltd. Some HYGI-Rail products include handrails, balustrades, balconies, and gantries. Additionally, bespoke products can be made for you at your request. HYGI-Group makes all their products from their antimicrobial metal alloy that looks just like stainless steel. It’s been clinically proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria in minutes and is not a coating so will never weaken.

If you are interested in ANYWeld helping to provide, design and install any HYGI-Rail products for you then get in touch at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

If you want to find out more about what HYGI-Group can offer, visit www.hygi-group.com

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The benefits of using structural steel https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/10/07/the-benefits-of-using-structural-steel/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/10/07/the-benefits-of-using-structural-steel/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:44:01 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1331 There are a range of materials used in construction today, all with their pros and cons and different benefits. As structural steel experts, we’ve put together this post highlighting some of the advantages of this versatile material. Cheap and durable Steel can be a cheap option, and because faster to erect, it can reduce additional […]

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There are a range of materials used in construction today, all with their pros and cons and different benefits.

As structural steel experts, we’ve put together this post highlighting some of the advantages of this versatile material.

Cheap and durable

Steel can be a cheap option, and because faster to erect, it can reduce additional costs too. Steel possesses the highest strength-to-weight ratio compared to any other building material. Being able to use less material to create stronger buildings also helps keep costs down.

Steel is a durable material to use when properly constructed and designed to tolerate and be protected against corrosion. Coatings can be applied to steel to separate it from water and oxygen, so it doesn’t corrode. Steel can stand firm against different conditions, it’s strong and thoroughly resistant to most elements.

Sustainability

Because of its strength and durability, steel can be used repeatedly. Recycling this material doesn’t affect its quality or strength, in fact this can even be improved on throughout the recycling process, plus it only uses about a third of the energy required for making new steel. There is also minimal waste produced by manufacturers and contractors during fabrication and erection.

Off-site fabrication

There are many benefits of offsite fabrication. Reduced costs, increased productivity in a controlled factory environment and safety are just some of the few reasons.

Offsite fabrication allows for more predictability. The environment is always the same, and in turn this means that the time taken to complete jobs will decrease. Working in a well known environment makes work safer for the workers and less disrupting to clients.

Versatility

Steel is a very versatile material. It can be fabricated to suit any space and design which makes it very easy for architects and designers to work with. It can also offer different aesthetic options and be used for features or exteriors of buildings as well.

There are many more benefits to using structural steel than we’ve mentioned here. At ANY Weld we can offer a wide range of steel products for both domestic and commercial projects. To discuss and arrange any work, or for any more information on the benefits of using steel for your next project, email enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or call 01271 860794 today!

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What to consider before installing balustrades https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/09/29/what-to-consider-before-installing-balustrades/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/09/29/what-to-consider-before-installing-balustrades/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:32:53 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1321 Now a popular feature in lots of architecture, and over the years being used for buildings exteriors and interiors, the first application of balustrades to buildings was in the early 15th century, for balconies on palaces in Venice and Verona. Balustrades have two primary purposes; to give stairs, balconies, and landings, for example, a safety […]

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Now a popular feature in lots of architecture, and over the years being used for buildings exteriors and interiors, the first application of balustrades to buildings was in the early 15th century, for balconies on palaces in Venice and Verona.

Balustrades have two primary purposes; to give stairs, balconies, and landings, for example, a safety barrier, and to provide buildings decorative finishes.

Having been made from clay and wood traditionally, we’re now used to seeing more modern features made from glass and steel. These styles allow more light in certain areas, and create a more contemporary feel.

Adding a safety feature to your building doesn’t mean that it can’t look good. Today we’re able to design and manufacture balustrades that compliment different types of architecture easily and become the perfect finishing touch to a home or commercial space, rather than a necessity that ruins a design.

glass balustrade

But which type of balustrade is going to be best for you?

Glass balustrades are perfect for outside areas, such as balconies, by windows, or around gardens or pools, as they don’t block any of the views and allow light to pass through. Glass balustrades are also a great option if you have a small area that you don’t want to give the illusion of appearing any smaller. For example, a cosy landing or narrow staircase. There are certain types of glass that must be used for safety reasons, and that will be put through impact tests.

Steel balustrades are great for commercial areas as the metal is durable, strong, and very low maintenance. For domestic use, steel balustrades are a great option if you are after a more contemporary, modern look. Steel balustrades can come in a variety of designs, including square, round, thin or thick railings, and different colours to add personality where desired.

Wooden balustrades are great for houses with a more traditional style. Different woods can be used for different effects, whether you’re looking to create a warm, homely feel or a natural, calming environment. However, wood does take some maintaining, and over time it will degrade.

glass and steel balustrade

What next?

Once you’ve decided which balustrade style is going to work best for you, there’s going to be some regulations that you will need to meet. One of these is the height of the balustrades. For internal use, around stairs or landings, the balustrade needs to be 0.9 meters. For external use, this increases slightly to 1.1 meters.

Luckily, there are no restrictions regarding the use of materials for balustrades. However, any materials used need to be sturdy and able to take the pressure.

The weight and pressure that balustrades need to withstand vary depending on where they’re being installed. The amount goes from 0.36kN/m for domestic, internal balustrades, but this increases for external fittings, and again for use in commercial, public spaces.  

steel balustrade

Here at Any Weld, we carry out projects all over the UK and Channel Islands. Using the finest materials, we can design, manufacture, and install balustrades to any indoor or outdoor area. If you’re looking to add a balustrade to a part of your home, or as part of a commercial project, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation.

Email enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or call 01271 860794.

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8 Workplace Hygiene Tips https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/07/06/8-workplace-hygiene-tips-blog/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/07/06/8-workplace-hygiene-tips-blog/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:29:32 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1310 The workplace should be a safe place where all employees feel protected while working. With COVID-19 affecting businesses across the world, let alone the whole of the UK, ensuring that the work environment is abiding by government regulations has never been more critical. With so many aspects of the workplace to consider, here at ANY […]

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The workplace should be a safe place where all employees feel protected while working.

With COVID-19 affecting businesses across the world, let alone the whole of the UK, ensuring that the work environment is abiding by government regulations has never been more critical.

With so many aspects of the workplace to consider, here at ANY Weld, we choose our top five, which we feel are the more likely to ensure worker safety.

The Importance of Workplace Hygiene

What hygiene procedures are required and how the hygiene equipment is used will vary in each workplace and will also depend on the types of operations taking place.

However, some basic hygiene principles should be implemented in all work places, and encouraged across industries even without the threatening presence of COVID-19.

The Impact of COVID-19

In terms of the coronavirus, it is essential to keep up to date with the government advice and guidelines issued on their website. Each industry will vary on the necessary procedures to ensure their business is safely open for employees and other members of the general public.

Here at ANY Weld, our tips are to be used as a general hygiene guide while ensuring that any applicable government regulations are being followed in regards to coronavirus.

Ensure Plenty of Hygiene Facilities are Available

A restroom with hand sanitiser

Let’s begin by ensuring all employees in the work environment have access to adequate hygiene facilities. For anyone returning to the work environment, it is integral that all parts of the building offer sanitising stations. This means upon both the entrance and exit of the site, as well as in the workspace itself.

Any onsite toilets especially need to ensure that they have these sanitising facilities, as well as supplying soap.

Other readily accessible hygiene products or equipment you may want to consider in the workplace may include:

• Anti-bacterial surface sprays or wipes,
• Face masks or visors,
• Gloves,
• Screens.

Monitor Hygiene Dispensers

It is essential that the quantities of sanitiser and soap, and any other hygiene facilities, are also regulated.

Whether an outsourced cleaning company regularly completes this task, or for smaller businesses, a responsible employee is in charge of ensuring soap and sanitiser are at hand.

Implement Clear Hygiene Procedures

A person using hand sanitiser

Each workplace must implement any suitable hygiene procedures to protect employees while in the work environment. These procedures need to be thoroughly planned and clear for employees to follow.

Again, this will vary from establishment to establishment, and any food businesses will need to ensure food protocols are always thoroughly performed.

Offer Education and Training

Successfully communicating your hygiene procedures to employees is probably one of the most important steps in the process of creating a hygienic workplace.

Creating a fantastic and thorough hygiene plan is useless unless effectively explained to and acted upon by those who matter.

It is essential to offer any necessary training to employees, so they know what is happening, understand why it is vital to the workplace and acknowledge what is required of them.

Training employees is more than just walking through the steps with them and is more effective when the reasons behind the procedures are clearly explained. Without any education or training, any hygiene measures may not be efficiently followed.

Use Posters as Reminders

It is easy to forget small practises, especially when newly introduced to them, so an informative poster can go a long way in ensuring procedures are followed through.

Encourage On-the-Go Cleaning

Keeping on top of hygiene throughout the workday is hugely useful when trying to ensure the general cleanliness of the establishment is maintained. By making cleaning products and equipment readily available, it is a sure way to keep on top of the general sanitation of an area.

Enforce Dedicated Eating Areas

A packed lunch on a table

Desk dining is renowned for being unhygienic. The desk space accumulates many germs, more than you may think. It is estimated that around 21,000 forms of bacteria can harbour on your work surface per square inch.

With this information in mind, ensuring employees have a safe and devoted dining space during lunch is in the best interests of them and other work colleagues. During times of coronavirus, this is especially important and ensuring that adequate social distancing measures are put in place in dining areas is also vital.

Consider Surfaces in the Workspace

On the point of ensuring work surfaces are kept as hygienic as possible, it may be worth reviewing what some of the regularly touched facilities are created from. It is known that 80% of infections are shared through touch, and some surfaces can harbour these germs for more than three days.

ANY Weld are established as steel fabricators in the UK and are also responsible for creating and administering infection control handrails. Our HYGI Rail is clinically confirmed to kill 99.99% of bacteria within minutes. For more information, take a look at the benefits of our HYGI rail.

If you are interested in using HYGI-Rail for your current commercial or residential space, or you would like to include them in your future project, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

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Things To Consider Before Installing A Balcony https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/26/blog-things-consider-installing-balcony/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/26/blog-things-consider-installing-balcony/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 10:07:27 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1296 In the UK, there is a growing trend of homeowners transforming their properties with the addition of a balcony. While balconies are particularly popular on properties throughout Europe, they haven’t been a common feature of houses in Britain until recently. However, before you jump straight in and build a balcony, there are a few things […]

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In the UK, there is a growing trend of homeowners transforming their properties with the addition of a balcony. While balconies are particularly popular on properties throughout Europe, they haven’t been a common feature of houses in Britain until recently.

However, before you jump straight in and build a balcony, there are a few things to consider.

A house with metal rail balconies

Why To Add a Balcony to Your Home?

As well as adding an extra element to your home’s exterior, a balcony can also transform the interior by allowing more light in. If you opt to have a larger window or full-height glass door alongside your balcony, the interior room will be brighter and feel more open.

In addition, adding a balcony to your home offers up the opportunity to add more space to your home for relaxation. A balcony is a perfect spot for enjoying the views or people watching from the comfort of your home.

As well as the benefits it brings to your home, balconies can also boost your home’s value! This is especially the case in cities, or built-up areas, where the price of outdoor space is high. In London, for example, having a balcony can raise a property’s value by 12%.

Things to Consider

As mentioned, there are a few things you will need to consider before installing a balcony.

A house with Juliet balconies across French doors

Type of Balcony

The first thing to decide is what type of balcony you would like. When it comes to balconies, there are two main types: Juliet or Full.

A Full balcony, is as the name suggests, the larger option. It adds extra space to your home, and is the ‘classic’ balcony type, offering a platform-like space off the upper floors of your building.

Conversely, a Juliet balcony – so named after the famous balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet, does not protrude from the building but offers a simple rail that sits outside a window. While this doesn’t add extra space to a building, it will give you the opportunity to add French doors to an upstairs room, allowing you to gain extra light and airflow, while remaining safe.

Juliet balconies are typically cheaper, but Full balconies will offer more space and opportunities to improve your home.

Planning Permission

Once you have decided what balcony you want, you will need to work out if you need to gain planning permission or not. It’s a pretty safe bet that you will need to have planning permission to install a full balcony.

It is possible to get a Juliet balcony without planning permission; however, this will depend on your property type, for example, if it is a listed building. You may also need to check in with your neighbours before you begin any works to ensure that they are happy with your plans.

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Metal or Glass?

When it comes to constructing balconies, you’ll have the option to choose the material it is made with. Typically, balconies will be constructed from either glass or metal, as they offer strength while remaining relatively lightweight.

Picking a type is less about the pros and cons of each material, but more to do with which will best suit your property type. For example, if you have a more modern building, then a glass balcony will likely suit it best. If you have an older property, such as a Victorian or Georgian style home, then a metal balcony would likely fit in better.

Choosing a Surface

You will also need to choose what material you would like underfoot. A balcony could have wooden decking on it, but this can bring about issues, as it can get very slippery when it rains. Wood also has the potential to rot or develop other issues which can shorten its life span.

Alternatively, a metal grating could be used, as this offers more grip. As grating has gaps, it will also provide drainage, and won’t block out light from rooms below.

You could also use stone flooring, as while this is a lot heavier, it is usually a lot longer lasting.

A house with a large protruding balcony

Load Capacity

If you are considering a Full bacony, then you may also need to recruit a structural engineer to help you work out the right load-bearing capacity of the structure. For this, you would need to take into consideration your aims and expectations for this space, such as the type of furniture you want to put on the balcony and how many people you would expect to be using it at once.

For example, if you are a couple who will only be using the balcony to enjoy a morning a cup of coffee as the sun rises, the structural demands will be less than for someone who is planning to throw a party, which would see 20 people stood on the balcony!

Do You Want a Staircase?

If you opt for a full balcony, you may also be able to add a staircase to it, allowing you to connect your balcony and garden together. This is particularly useful if you like entertaining, as you’ll be able to connect the two spaces and allow people to easily flow between areas of your home.

Even if you don’t have much space, a spiral staircase can be a compact solution.

Additional Features

Before you build a balcony, you should consider any additional features you may wish to add. Some love to use their balcony as an outdoor cooking space, so you could add an outdoor kitchen or barbeque features to the space. Alternatively, you may be able to add a hot tub or fireplace as a feature on your balcony.

If you have grand designs for your balcony, then it is probably best to run your plans by a bespoke balcony company to discover what is feasible for your space.

Here at ANY Weld, we can help you with creating the custom balcony of your dreams! As steel balcony manufacturers, we have experience in bringing bespoke designs to life.

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3 Types of Steel Construction https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/23/types-steel-construction-blog/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/23/types-steel-construction-blog/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:10:31 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1288 In construction, steel can be used to form the frame of a building or structure. Typically, a steel structure will be composed of a number of columns and beams which are welded, bolted or riveted together. These beams and columns act as the skeleton of the structure, allowing the floors, walls and roof of the […]

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In construction, steel can be used to form the frame of a building or structure. Typically, a steel structure will be composed of a number of columns and beams which are welded, bolted or riveted together. These beams and columns act as the skeleton of the structure, allowing the floors, walls and roof of the building to be supported by them.

There are many types of structures that will use steel to construct the frame, including industrial, residential and high-rise buildings. This is because steel offers some great benefits for buildings, in particular, its ability to hold a great deal of strength relative to its weight.

 

What Types of Steel Construction Are There?

There are three key types of steel construction:

  • Conventional
  • Bolted
  • Light Gauge

Conventional Steel Constructions

a man welding on a construction

For a conventional fabrication, steel beams and component parts will have been created for a structure and then welded together. Welding is the joining together of metal parts through the act of heating them to the point of boiling. This will typically be done with an arc welder, MIG welder or oxyacetylene torch.

 

Bolted Steel Constructions

bolts on a steel frame

A bolted steel construction will see the required components fabricated to suit a design and then bolted into place on-site. Bolted steel constructions won’t use welding on-site, instead relying on bolts to hold the structure together. Some structures may use rivets instead of bolts in some cases.

 

Light Gauge Steel Constructions

interior steel frame

Light gauge steel fabrications will use thinner steel than conventional or bolted steel constructions. Instead of using larger beams, box sections will be used to create smaller frames. This is for less load-bearing applications, such as interior framework and small sheds. These structures will typically be welded together.

 

Welded Vs Bolted Structures

welding a pole

A structure will typically either be welded or bolted together. Each option has its own pros and cons:

Time

It is usually quicker to construct a bolted structure than a welded structure on-site. This is because the bolt-together components will be ready with pre-punched holes that just need to be assembled. Welding, however, will take a little more time, as the process can be a little longer than simply tightening a bolt.

Cost

The cost element really depends on the scale of your project. This is because the cost of welding equipment is a big up-front cost, but in the long run, would work out cheaper than using bolts. However, if you had a smaller-scale project, it would be more cost-effective to use bolts.

Of course, if you are using a specialised structural steelworks company, such as ANY Weld, this would not necessarily be a factor you need to consider, as they would already have access to all of the relevant equipment.

Strength

Once a structure has been welded together, the components will not be coming apart! Welding is generally considered to be stronger than bolting, as it is a permanent action, whereas the bolts have the potential to loosen over time.

However, this offers up its own set of pros and cons, as the ability to tighten up bolts or change parts over time, as needed, is also appealing to some. This is because if a component ever needed replacing, it would be far easier to remove the bolt and change the part than it would be to cut out a welded beam and redo it.

Here at ANY Weld, we have expertise in a wide range of both commercial and domestic structural steelwork. From large-scale architectural metalwork installations to bespoke balconies for your home, we have the right welding and steel fabrication know-how for your construction project!

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Four Benefits of Using 3D Printing in Architecture https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/18/blog-benefits-3d-printing-architecture/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/18/blog-benefits-3d-printing-architecture/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:17:10 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1277 Various technologies have impacted the construction industry over the last few decades. Here, we look at how printing has benefited architects in creating models.

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Throughout history, there have been various technological innovations that have transformed how buildings are constructed. Over the last few decades, that speed of innovation and development appears to have been increased further, with various new ideas now being implemented across the world.

One recent innovation that looks like it’s here to stay is 3D printing. Coming into the public eye in the early 21st century, recent developments have meant that almost anything can now be produced quicker and cheaper with a 3D printer.

However, quick and cheap is not something associated with the great architects that have used this innovative tool to further their design capabilities! Here, we look at how architects are utilising 3D printing technology in their work, and the benefits it can provide the whole construction industry.

Modelling

Up to now, the primary use of 3D printers for architecture has been the creation of models and prototypes. While some companies are looking into the potential of building entire structures using 3D printing, this technology appears to be quite a way off yet!

While the creation of models may seem inconsequential to people outside the industry, in reality, it plays a huge role, and 3D printing could open up a wide range of benefits which filter through the entire construction process.

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Faster Concepts

There is a range of benefits that come from 3D printing, but one of the most obvious is its speed. 3D printing is often a much faster way of building quality models and prototypes, especially when you consider the other advantages associated with the technology.

Faster prototype constructions allow architects to spend more time designing the builds themselves. Furthermore, knowing that models can be produced quickly gives architects confidence, knowing a quick turnaround can be completed if required.

More Detailed Prototypes

Blue and yellow gears and cogs made from plastic by a 3D printer

3D printers are not just quick, however. They can also be incredibly precise, allowing for the creation of complex models that would be almost impossible (or, at best, incredibly time-consuming) to reproduce using another method.

A new level of detail accommodated by 3D printing allows architects to create models with more information than ever before. The most precise angles, edges and patterns can be showcased, which aids not only clients but also construction partners.

Beyond the building model itself, 3D printers have been used to build more realistic environments in which the prototype can be presented. Nowadays, entire districts can be showcased, quickly and effectively, through the use of 3D printing.

Increased Design Options

The above points all come together to produce an excellent working environment for the architect during a build’s design phase. A faster model construction process, combined with the added detail of 3D printing, creates a much broader range of options that the designer can explore.

The increased design options available through the use of 3D printing can vary depending on the nature of the build. Firstly, advancements in technology allow for different materials to be used to create the 3D model, which can assist with representing the final build. Also, time saved allows for the addition of added features not possible through 3D printing, such as lights and glass, within a quick timeframe.

Reduced Costs

A tall building being constructed with cranes and metal framework

Ultimately, one of the most significant sticking points with 3D printing in the past has been its costs. Regardless of how quickly 3D models can be produced, the nature of these items means that it cannot be overly expensive.

Thankfully, recent innovations in 3D printing mean the technology has become much more widespread, which has reduced its cost to architects. Nowadays, more and more people can access 3D printers, and we expect them to become more prevalent across construction over the coming years.

Here at ANY Weld, we like to stay at the forefront of emerging technologies across the construction industry. Our HYGI-Rail, a unique metal alloy handrail that reduces the spread of infectious diseases, is just the latest example of how we keep ahead of our competitors technologically. We are also one of the leading steel fabrication companies in the UK, providing our services on projects as diverse as home balconies to luxury apartments.

If you are interested in discovering more about what we do, why not get in contact with us? Alternatively, check out our recent blog on our work at London Southbank for more information.

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Structural Engineering Greats: Peter Rice https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/08/blog-structural-engineering-greats-peter-rice/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/06/08/blog-structural-engineering-greats-peter-rice/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:17:34 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1257 One of the 20th century’s leading figures, Rice is responsible for some of the world’s most eye-catching designs, including the Sydney Opera House and Lloyd’s of London!

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As one of the UK’s leading steel fabricators, we understand the immense levels of detail, commitment and skill that go into making the bones of modern architectural design. While we specialise in the design and manufacture of steel and glass products, we also appreciate the fantastic work done by designers past and present who continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

One of the most important structural engineers of the last century, Peter Rice’s works are some of the most recognisable engineering projects in the world. Here, we take a look at his life, work and why his legacy means so much to the industry.

Peter Rice’s Engineering Education

Peter Rice was born in Ireland in 1935. He grew up in rural Ulster, so had little experience with architecture or engineering as a child. However, he was an incredibly smart mathematician, which led him into studying engineering first at Queen’s University in Belfast then at Imperial College London.

The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House roof

After University, he was taken on by Ove Arup, a Danish-English engineer who founded Ove Arup & Partners (now Arup group). Almost at the same time as Rice joined, Arup was chosen as the design engineer for the Sydney Opera House and its iconic roof, a task seen by many at the time as impossible to accomplish.

Peter Rice is credited for having done much of the geometrical work for the gull-beak roofs of the Sydney Opera House. He moved to Sydney to partner with Ian MacKenzie on the roof’s creation, but when he fell ill, Rice took majority control over the process.

The success of the Sydney Opera House not only made the career of Peter Rice but also of his employer Ove Arup. While he would work with the Danish-English engineer many times in the future, the demand for Rice’s mathematical skills and boundary-pushing ideas would see him work with various architectural greats in the future.

Peter Rice’s Other Notable Works

Centre Pompidou

The exterior of the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Rice’s next significant project also came through Arup’s engineering company. Along with architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, with whom he would partner many times, he became the engineer for the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The Centre Pompidou was (and remains) one of the most prominent examples of high-tech architecture in the world. The complex, housing libraries, museums and more, is known as an ‘inside-out’ building, with the structural engineering and pipes appearing on its exterior. The style seen in the Centre Pompidou, where art, design, creativity and functionality are all one and the same, would be synonymous with Peter Rice’s work.

Lloyd’s of London

Lloyd’s building in London, seen in a glass reflection

His most famous work in the UK would be another collaboration with Richard Rogers, this time on the famous Lloyd’s building in London’s financial centre. One of the most famous and eye-catching buildings in the area, it is another inside-out, high-tech design where engineering is at the forefront. As with the Centre Pompidou, the building’s ducts and lifts were built onto its exterior, and the two are seen as vital examples of 20th-century architecture.

Other engineering projects attributed to Peter Rice include Stansted Airport, Kansai Airport in Japan and the Mound Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground. He is also credited for an advisory role in the creation of the Louvre in Paris.

Peter Rice’s Legacy

While Peter Rice was never an architect himself, he was one of the leading engineers in projects that blurred the line between the engineer and the architect. He was only the second engineer to be awarded one of the UK’s biggest architectural honours, the Royal Gold Medal, in 1992 – the first was the man who spotted his potential, Ove Arup.

The Modern Engineer

The Parisian skyline with the Centre Pompidou in the background

Peter Rice didn’t like the old-fashioned English interpretation of an engineer. He viewed the role as much closer aligned to the architect, not restraining them but walking by their side to explore ways of turning ideas into reality. It was this belief in the power and creativity of engineering that saw him produce some of the most notable designs of the last century.

We hope that the story of Peter Rice will help many more people understand the immense levels of passion and ability that go into structural engineering. As one of the leading steel fabrication companies in Devon, we have been fortunate enough to work on a wide range of projects for both commercial and residential properties. If you would like to know how we can help turn your project into reality, get in touch with our team today!

What other engineering greats should we feature? Join in the conversation on our social media channels or browse our blog to discover more greats, including fellow modernist Fazlur Khan.

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