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In almost every country in the world, people working in a REIDsteel Factory Buildings are adding value and creating wealth. REID steel have been making large industrial buildings since the 1920s and there are constantly projects on the drawing board.

REIDsteel Structural Engineers

The Company

our officesFounded in 1919 by Colonel John Reid, the firm is still family owned and occupies a 4 acre site at Christchurch in Dorset

We have a modern computer equipped structural design office and our engineers are able to design almost any type of structure. We specialise in INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS of every type, as well as SPORTS STADIA, AIRCRAFT HANGARS, WAREHOUSES, GRAIN STORES and BRIDGES, etc., which are made in the seven workshops at Christchurch. We also provide cladding, insulation, overhead cranes, gantries, doors, windows, ventilation and all the accessories needed for the complete structure.

steel yardSince 1919 we have shipped our work all over the World. Even now a large proportion of our production is exported to places as far apart as Iceland near the Arctic Circle and Raratonga in the South Pacific; to Russia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean countries, some of the mid Atlantic Islands and almost all the Caribbean Islands and Central and South America to its southernmost tip. About half of this work has been erected or supervised by company engineers.

RQSC Certificate

We are permitted to print this Logo having submitted to a Capability & Capacity AUDIT by the British Constructional Steelwork Association which amongst other things takes into account our assets, plant, skills, experience, turnover, financial status, contract references, Product & Public liability insurances etc. Because of our VERSATILITY we were given an A rating (highest) which qualifies us to design and make every form of structural steelwork, from light architectural steel to the largest aircraft hangars and heaviest industrial plant, as well as bridges.

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Michael Reid
Rollo Reid
Simon Boyd


F.I.Struct.E, M.I.C.E.
Chartered Engineer
World Wide Civil
and Structural engineering
experience on all
types of structures


Peter Reid
Timothy Reid
mobile crane

Purchasing and Marine Department

Drawing Office

One of our mobile cranes


Corus steel rolled to British Standards is used by us almost exclusively

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Computers in the Office & Works

computerComputers are used so widely nowadays that they are hardly remarkable.

What is important is the software. We first started storing non-variable data on magnetic card twenty five years ago to improve our design and estimating service. When micro computers first became available in the 1970s we searched for suitable software. Finding none to suit our requirements, our engineers worked for some years to produce their own, with the result that we can now produce optimised structural designs and quotations in 10 minutes instead of 10 days, subject to contract.

What we have today is a system which is unique not only in the U.K. and Europe but in the whole world.

cad cam systemWe have continued developing our software to deal with most of the repetitive, time consuming drawing office detail work and can now operate the latest computer controlled drilling lines and punching and cropping lines in our works, directly from disks programmed in the Drawing Office. This cuts out the usual three operations of measuring out and centre punching, known in the old days as "plating". Drilled and punched steelwork is produced at a rate so phenomenally fast and with such accuracy as to make the old methods appear positively archaic. A beam which a few years ago would take 1½ hours to mark out and drill, now takes about 6 minutes or less - 15 times faster and much more accurate!

We CADDED and CAMMED before the catchwords came and our work on developing programs continues apace.

Archspan Patent

REIDsteel have been designing, manufacturing and exporting wide span steel buildings for -1811 years. You will understand that this entails making pieces that are small, easy to bundle and export pack; rugged to survive shipment; simple to bolt together on site; with excellent dimensional integrity so that everything fits in exactly the right way. In this way we could make grandstands with straight facias; hotels with windows that fit; and in particular wide span hangars with correct tolerances for doors to fit and operate. This requirement coupled with all the export requirements led, through generation after generation of trial and adjustment, to the evolution of the REIDsteel Archspan frame. This revolutionary frame type is so successful that it has been patented (proof that it was indeed a new structural concept).

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This Archspan truss has proved a winner worldwide, where the ease of fabrication, transportation, galvanising and erection has made REIDsteel unequalled at home and abroad for the design and build of hangars (and high bay warehouses, Arenas and other like structures).

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Certificates & Awards
Queens Award for Enterprise International Trade 2006 2008 2009
Register of Qualified Steelwork Contractors Category A1
The Steel Construction Institute
British Constructional Steelwork Association
British Airport Services and Equipment Association
British Safety Council