Scottish Galvanizers Ltd rose to the challenge for a major project at an iconic city centre retail complex.
A new entrance to the popular Princes Square shopping centre, in Glasgow, features several tonnes of intricate steelwork.
And designers were naturally keen to ensure the stylish construction will stand the test of time.
It led to a complex brief for Scottish Galvanizers, but staff at the plant came through with flying colours.
Commercial manager Paul Tait explained: “The new entrance is designed to raise awareness of the complex with the thousands of people who pass by on one of the busiest streets in the city every day.
“It’s an intricate design that includes the branding of retailers within the centre and each steel section contained critical parts that had to be protected individually prior to galvanizing.
“We therefore processed sample sections to determine the best method and it was great to see such good results in the end.”
Work on the new entrance, in famous Buchanan Street, was completed in October and all of the steelwork for the project was supplied by Legge Steel Fabrications, based in Fife.
Director Paul Witcombe said: “This was a complex project and we were happy to trust it to Scottish Galvanizers as we have a long-standing relationship with Paul and his team.
“We were looking for a durable and long-life, no maintenance protection system for the hot rolled steelwork and therefore galvanising was the first choice for the surface protection.
“However, our main priority ahead of the process was to ensure a good finish and that support pins on the framework of the structure would not be damaged.
“Paul came over for a pre-galvanizing site visit to discuss the best method and we undertook some sample dipping before the main operation took place.
“We would have been happy to pay a higher rate to ensure the guys took extra care with this one, but they did that anyway and charged just a standard rate, which was great.”
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd