Apprentice of the Year Award 2020/21

Last week, our Apprentice Oliver Duck was awarded Derwent Training Association ‘Class of 2020/21 Apprentice of the Year’.

Oliver was one of five apprentices nominated, and received the following citation from his trainer:

“Oliver moved employers part way through the first year of his Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship. He has since shown a big improvement with the work that he is submitting and has shown determination to do well and progress with his studies.”

Presenting the award to Oliver was Sue Jefferson, Chair of the Business Board at the York and North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership.

This is the third Apprentice we have had in recent years who has won this prestigious award – huge well done to Oliver for his dedication and hard work.

DAM Structures to offer steel buy-back scheme

Steel by its inherent nature is endlessly recyclable with no compromise of quality. In the UK, the British Steel Construction Association (BSCA) outline that the average end-of-life recovery rate for steel buildings is 96%. This not only makes steel a useful building material but also one that clearly promotes circular economy and environmental savings.

Here at DAM structures, we work closely with our clients to offer a buy-back scheme, wherever possible, for any temporary propping that is supplied. The buy-back scheme is especially beneficial – in terms of both lowering carbon emissions and acquiring further points for our client’s green certification schemes such as BREEAM.

Throughout 2020 we have purchased 150 tonnes of steel from project sites via the buy-back scheme, of which 120 tonnes were returned to our stock for reuse. In addition to this, 387 tonnes of steel has also been reused on new contracts. This brings about carbon savings of roughly 968 tonnes (using the UK average figure for hollow sections). Our previous returned stock levels have been as high as 511 tonnes (2017).

By working alongside DAM structures, our clients can share the environmental and cost savings benefits of this buy-back scheme, whilst promoting the reuse and circularity of steel, creating a sustainable future for our businesses and the world around us.

Integrated Management System certifications

DAM Structures are pleased to announce that the company has been re-certified to ISO 9001:2015 for its Quality Management System.

We have also attained certification for ISO 14001:2015  (Environmental) and ISO 45001:2018 (OH&S) for our combined Integrated Management System

These certifications validate the excellence that all of our employees work so hard to maintain each and every day. It reflects our devotion to providing our customers with quality bespoke structural steel solutions, while working to continuously improve our processes.

Certificates available for all of the above are on the downloads page.

Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey

An atmospheric picture of our acoustic shed and steel crane beam/rail for two 60T overhead bridge cranes for the Thames Tideway Tunnel construction works.

2017 Apprentice of the Year

DAM Structures are proud to announce that their apprentice, Billy Carter, was awarded Fabrication and Welding Apprentice of the Year 2017 by Derwent Training Association.

The awards ceremony, held on Thursday 19th October at Malton & Norton Rugby Club in front of over 130 guests including SEMTA Chief Executive Officer, Ann Watson, celebrates the success and achievement of apprentices undertaking advanced and higher apprenticeships in Engineering.

Derwent Training commented, “Billy’s tutor nominated him for the award as his level of work and welding is always consistently high and he had kept this high quality work up since day one as well as being an extremely hard worker throughout his two years as an apprentice.”

Phil Cook, Managing Director of DAM Structures stated, “I am delighted for Billy he has been with the company since leaving school and this award is greatly deserved. These apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and DAM Structures are pleased to be part of the Derwent Association training partnership programme.”

 

The Dumont, Albert Embankment, London

Dam Structures were commissioned to detail, supply, fabricate and install two levels of temporary propping to support the secant piled wall during the 3 tier basement excavation at The Dumont residential development in the centre of London.

The installation could not be carried out by the site tower crane as approximately 50% of the work area was located under a concrete logistics slab. In these areas the props were placed on machine skates and voids were cut in the logistics slab to allow a chain block access to draw the prop into position.

Once excavation is completed the propping will be removed and recycled as part of DAM Structures buy back option for clients.

Supporting role in London’s largest ever hole

DAM Structures are delighted to have designed, supplied and installed the temporary propping to facilitate the 5-storey basement excavation for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s world-class high energy proton beam therapy centre.

The excavation was to a depth of 28.5 metres, large enough to contain the Royal Albert Hall, and required 4 levels of temporary propping.

The original consultants’ steelwork design was subjected to a value engineering exercise by DAM Structures and the amount of steelwork needed was reduced from the original 1570 tons to 1150 tons.

A closer look at the excavation can be obtained by clicking on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaPVqhedr_A

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

DAM Structures are pleased to announce that the company has once again been awarded certification for its Quality Management System. This latest certification means the company has officially transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to the new version of the standard, ISO 9001:2015.

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system that demonstrates an organisation’s ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system.

This certification validates the excellence that all of our employees work so hard to maintain each and every day. It reflects our devotion to providing our customers with quality bespoke structural steel solutions, while working to continuously improve our processes.

Battersea Power Station safe & secure

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DAM Structures are putting the finishing touches to the nine temporary façade retention towers to allow work to start on the dismantling and rebuilding of the Grade II listed Annex A at Battersea Power Station. The towers were fabricated and trial assembled in house at the companies Carnaby workshop prior to being installed on site.

Steel is the best solution

Designers consistently speak of steels cost effectiveness compared to concrete or other alternatives, its flexibility, the potential for accepting late design changes in a fast moving development market, a host of sustainability benefits, and the fast construction programmes made possible only because of offsite fabrication, and quick, safe, erection.

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