Steel Manufacturer Submits Proposals For Forge Building
A steel company in Sheffield has submitted plans to build a new forging press at its current site.
Sheffield Forgemasters wants to construct a 144,000-square-foot building on Brightside Lane, where its existing forge building is currently situated.
The application, which was sent to Sheffield City Council, said: “The proposed development represents the first stage in a significant investment for Sheffield Forgemasters.”
Within the new building will be a 13,000-tonne forging press, which will be able to press larger ingots. It will also have offices and a water pumping station.
The steel manufacturer also claims the development will boost the local economy and provide at least 600 skilled jobs.
If the plans are approved by the local authority, it hopes the press will be fully operational by 2025.
In addition to this, it has also submitted proposals for a new footbridge, which will connect the two buildings, reducing the number of pedestrians having to cross the road between them.
Site project engineering manager Michael Channel said: “This will significantly improve safety measures on a busy road and should go some way to improving traffic flow.”
The company hopes to fit the footbridge, which will be lit up with LED bulbs in the evenings, in September.
Sheffield Forgemasters originated in the 1750s, when it was set up as a small blacksmith forge. The business slowly expanded and has been linked with the biggest names in the steel sector ever since, including English Steel, British Steel and River Don Castings.
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