New Street role for Madeley steel products maker

A steel products maker is celebrating a quarter of a century of business by playing a key role in the makeover of one of Britain’s most important railway stations.

New Street
The new-look Birmingham New Street station has benefited from the expertise of Shropshire company Fabweld Steel Products.

Birmingham New Street is undergoing a major transformation at present, giving it a new concourse and redesigned platforms.

And Madeley-based Fabweld Steel Products, which manufactures bespoke steel access covers and drainage products, is marking its 25th year in business with a key role in the flagship redevelopment.

Acting as supplier to building merchants E.H Smith, who in turn supply to subcontractors Birse Rail, FSP has designed and manufactured stainless steel edged block pavers to go on the platforms of the revamped city centre interchange.

Work is ongoing and a further three platforms are yet to be fitted before Fabweld’s involvement in the major project will be completed.

John Tudor
Business development manager John Tudor

Business development manager John Tudor said the appointment was a “major endorsement” of Fabweld’s work.

He said: “To be appointed by a company as well respected as E.H Smith, with whom we’ve worked before, is testament to the fact that we deliver quality products and gain the confidence of those we work with and for.”

Managing director Richard Hilton added: “It is a huge honour to be involved in something as large-scale and high profile as the redevelopment of New Street station – not least of all as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

“Whilst there is always scrutiny around the cost of such projects, a supplier simply can’t earn their role within it on the basis of cost alone without demonstrating significant experience and knowledge and we’re delighted to be working alongside many other significant and prestigious names at New Street.”

Fabweld’s involvement in the New Street station project comes hot on the heels of another major project completion that saw them supply vented lid covers to the £8 million overhaul of the outdated Pyle electricity substation in South Wales – a project led by National Grid.

Richard Hilton
Managing director Richard Hilton

Mr Hilton said: “Strong relationships with the likes of National Grid and E.H Smith are based on our open and collegiate approach to client relationships.

“We often welcome those we work with to visit our head office and manufacturing facility in Telford so that they can see first-hand how our design work will suit their specific needs.

“I don’t doubt that this approach has allowed us to build up our enviable portfolio of work over the last 25 years.”