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A Visit from Ghana

REIDsteel were privileged to welcome representatives from the Government of Ghana Health Select Committee to tour our five acre site and to view the design and fabrication of the latest hospital for which we are providing the design, fabrication and shipping of the steel frame and roof cladding.

REIDsteel are working as part of the team established by NMSI. This consortium specialises in systems, design and engineering, logistics, procurement and project management. They welcomed the Ghanaian delegation to Britain via London before travelling to Poole and then on to REIDsteel. Working as part of the NMSI team, REIDsteel are designing, fabricating and shipping several district hospitals throughout Ghana for the Ghanaian ministry of health under a $175million contract.

Mike Chappell, REIDsteel’s Sales Manager introduced our visitors to REIDsteel’s company history dating back to 1919 and talked about the vast range of technical expertise that we are able to bring to projects. He then went on to show a time-lapse video we recorded of the parts for the building being packed to be shipped to Ghana’s Tema Port.

Commencing a tour of our drawing offices Tim Reid, company director introduced the Committee to the men responsible for creating the new hospital on paper; Design Engineer, Peter Mrozinski and Draughtsmen, Kevin Williams and Richard Cooper. Peter explained how he made sure the building was suitable for the environment of Ghana, while Kevin and Richard showed how they detail every single nut and bolt to make the building structurally sound.

Andy Davies, Production Manager, later showed the Committee out into the works. Andy described in detail the process from drawing office to fabrication. He showed our visitors the journey of each piece of steel including being shot-blasted, cut and fabricated on site.

80% of REIDsteel’s work is exported, so we do not always get the chance to speak face-to-face with our end clients. It was a pleasure to meet the people who have embarked on the vast mission to provide Ghana with more district hospitals and have employed us as part of the involved team to do so.

Matthew Way, Sales Engineer highlighted this sentiment, “I was thrilled to be able to show the Ghanaian MP’s the results of the hard work that REIDsteel have put into this project, being able to show them how we have arrived at the final design of the hospital was great because it is an important part of the overall delivery of the hospitals scheme being undertaken by NMSI and its partners”.

At Home in Antigua and Barbuda

REIDsteel have been working in the Caribbean for many years and have gained a reputation for designing buildings that go up quickly and stay stable during turbulent weather.

Back in 1995, we worked with Bencorp to build their new corporate headquarters.

When it was erected, the people in St Johns were amazed by the speed with which the building was erected: “a big hole one week, a magnificent building the next week” was how they described the changing landscape.

Measuring 88’ x 64’ x 8’, the Benjamin building (so named after Bencorp’s chain of Benjies businesses) has been through many a face lift and refurbishment.

When Bencorp ceased trading, the APUA (Antigua Public Utilities Authority) bought the building and renovated it to include new glass curtain walling.

With it looking so good it has been photographed for the front cover of the Antigua and Barbuda telephone directory; A statement that identifies it as a signifier of the island and its people.


TAF and REIDsteel

Mustapha Njie has worked with REIDsteel for over 20 years. He has used REIDsteel services to build housing and even a hotel in The Gambia.

He has further expanded to Senegal and Mali. His company TAF Holdings are recognised within the West African sub region for their high quality builds that are executed quickly and accurately.

Recently, TAF has been involved with a joint venture with the River State Government in Nigeria.

This project is collectively known as RIVTAF. Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $268.708billion (World Bank 2012), which has created a huge surge in the demand for affordable housing.

The RIVTAF partnership offers potential buyers a new home and the finance deal to secure it. TAF says that public private partnerships like this are vital in delivering housing across Africa.

TAF has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and works hard to pass on knowledge via an on-site training programme.

TAF’s projects mean an expansion of local jobs for a wide variety of workers, including engineers, electricians, builders and construction labourers.

The achievements of TAF have been recognised; Njie has won many accolades, including being named three times The Gambian Businessman of the Year.

He has also won European Council for Global Business award in 1998 for ‘Quality and Excellence’ and the Africa SMME in Construction award in 2004.

The RIVTAF project creates a whole new town within the Port Harcourt region, The Golf Estate. The development covers 40 hectares and includes the construction of 900 housing units.

The project is valued at $160million and will take just 30 months to complete. The development plan includes a mix of housing, from two bedroom apartments to luxury villas.

Built around a golf course, other amenities available will be a club house, swimming pool, tennis courts, jogging / bicycle track, a sports hall as well as a shopping centre and recreation centre.

TAF has made use of their established relationships with good suppliers and banks. The project has incorporated local materials and labour.

However, it has also used the international market by reaching out to a South Africa-based architects, SVA architects ( and Belgian manufacturers for the roof tiles.

There are also finishing materials from China and steel construction materials from REIDsteel, here in Dorset.

REIDsteel designed and fabricated all the steel for each structure of the project and shipped the loads to Nigeria in 20ft and 40ft containers with all accessories.

This meant that once they arrived TAF’s workmen could easily and quickly assemble the buildings. TAF says of our frames, “They are rigid, earthquake resistant and they look like conventional buildings, but it is a much faster and more affordable method of building”.

TAF Nigeria Homes were responsible for the construction, finance and marketing of the whole project and have done a successful job in doing so. 60% of the new estate has already been sold. In some quarters in Port Harcourt, it’s called the ‘Magic Project’, given the speed that the steel is being erected.

TAF hopes this will encourage other state governments to invest in more such partnership projects; for the good of the local and African-wide economy.

Lido Mar, Montenegro

Concept-sketch1Steel is a fantastic building material, but sometimes steel frame buildings don’t have to look like steel frame buildings at all.

An example is the Lido Mar in Montenegro. The architectural design concept was by Studio RHE Architecture & Design and the structural steelwork design was by REIDsteel.

As you can see from these photos the final results are stunning.


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