Sheffield shines in the capital

Bright new look: Leicester Square balustrade.
Bright new look: Leicester Square balustrade.
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Stainless steel from Sheffield is giving a central London landmark a bright new look.

New balustrades and gates, made from stainless steel from Outokumpu in Sheffield, have been installed around the gardens at the heart of busy Leicester Square.

Outokumpu supplied around 80 tonnes of sheets, which were polished by a sub-contractor and then cut to form panels at its Plate Service Centre in Sheffield before being sent to leading architectural fabricator Midas Technologies (GB)

Danny Crossley, from Outokumpu Plate Service Centre, said: “This has been a complex project requiring close cooperation between Outokumpu and Midas to meet a very tight schedule of six months, whilst also providing the customer with flexibility to change specification as the unique design evolved.

“The project has been a prime example of Outokumpu’s capabilities to provide a set of products, added value services as well as project management coordination.”

Outokumpu’s work won the praise of Mark Lock, managing director of Midas Technologies.

He said: “Outokumpu provided us with a seamless extension to our own facility and high quality customer service ethos.

“This was an extremely difficult project technically and the combination of different skills of all the staff involved, ensured that the specification and delivery were met. We look forward to working with Outokumpu again as this team work approach must be capitalised.”