Featured Contractor: Gorge Fabrications Limited
Gorge Fabrications is a structural steelwork specialist, designing, detailing, manufacturing and installing up to 1000 tonnes in a single visit.
Established in 1982, the company are based in the Midlands but supply nationwide.
The business work across a range of sectors including Education, Leisure, Retail, Multi-storey Car Parks, Health, Industrial, Offices, Residential and Refurbishment and are known for their fast response times to providing highly accurate quotes, and provide proactive value engineering advice to help customers meet budgets and strict delivery programmes.
Proud to enjoy nearly 95% of work from repeat customers, they have been preferred suppliers to Morgan Sindall and ISG Retail for many years and count some of the other biggest UK Main Contractors as clients including Vinci, BAM, Sisk and Lakehouse - as well numerous regional based contractors.
“Gorge Fabrications Ltd took over the full design of the structural steel frame and completed it to a very high standard including extensive Value Engineering prior to supplying and installing the frame. Installation team was very professional. I’m actively looking to use them on my next project”.
M. Glanville, ISG Construction
"Gorge Fabrications are one of a small number of “Preferred” supply chain members appointed by Morgan Sindall Northern Home Counties regional office. This is a reflection of the high standard of work they have achieved and level of support they have given us over many years."
G. Norris, Morgan Sindall
"The onsite workers were polite, helpful and kept a very high standard of workmanship and their H&S was excellent. All requests for information were responded to quickly and closed out."
P. Rainbow, Morgan Sindall
Gorge’s capabilities encompass a wide range of categories as defined by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and includes medium/small span portals and low and medium rise buildings up to 15 storey. They also specialise in:
· Large span trusswork
· Tubular steelwork
· Architectural steelwork
· Refurbishment and lighter fabrications such as fire escapes.
Positive about the future
Gorge have a commitment to encouraging future talent into their business and the sector as a whole and are always seeking to cultivate relationship with local education providers to offer students work experience, mentoring or career talks which may hopefully lead to a permanent placement. Gorge believe in giving youth a chance, best highlighted by its own Production Director starting out in the factory 20 years ago as an apprentice and now is a full board director.
They are upbeat and positive about the future:
“Gorge believe its continual ability to innovate and employ the latest technology and standards internally and on-site, has enabled the business to keep sustainably adding customer value. This reputation means the company keeps getting re-instructed on new projects.”
Dr Bali Gill, Managing Director
An eye on innovation
Intellectual Property development and innovation is at the very centre of Gorge’s ability to continually deliver long term value to its clients. An example of this is the software investment the business has made to their internal estimating platform.
Their product (see www.autoestimator.com) is used exclusively for material take offs of both hot rolled and cold rolled steel. It enables a very high level of accuracy and cost control to be delivered by Gorge’s Estimators, ensuring more competitive and faster quotes, and consequently better quality programmes for customers with fewer changes.
Archway House, Canary Wharf, London E14 £1.5m
Office refurbishment and extension using structural steelwork package
Working for Main Contractor Buxton Building Contractors, Gorge were appointed to complete the extension to Archway House in London. They provided design, fabrication, off-site intumescent painting and the installation of the structural steel frame.
Client: Lambeth Council Engineer: O’Connor Sutton Cronin & Associates Ltd Architects: TTSP
Multi storey Car Park, Stoke on Trent £600k
New 2 storey car park
Gorge were appointed on a JCT Design & Build basis for this 2 Storey Car Park Project. This involved the full Design, Detailing (using of CAD), Fabrication and Erection of the core Structural steelwork package. Including the delivery of the metal stair cases, ramps, metal decking, cladding, concreting floors, fire doors and safety barriers.
The project was delivered within programme and cost.
Engineer: HBL Associates
Erdington Leisure Centre, Birmingham £700k
Steelwork for brand new sport and leisure centre
Gorge were appointed by ISG Plc on this brand new sport and leisure facility in Birmingham. The building comprises state of the art gym, a 25m pool, full range of workout classes, modern changing rooms, plus sauna and steam rooms.
Engaged via a JCT contract, Gorge provided the detailing, manufacturing and erection of the hot rolled structural steelwork package. The programme also consisted of cold roll purlins fittings, painting steelwork over the swimming pool, placement of pre-cast concrete blanks, metal decking and 2 precast stair cases over 4 flights of stairs.
Engineer: Nolan Associates Architect: Calderpeel
Tunsgate Quarter - Retail Shopping Centre Development £700k
Tunsgate Quarter offers something new for Guildford. A unique combination of premium fashion shopping and contemporary dining in one destination situated between the historic High Street and medieval castle.
Gorge were appointed to deliver the design, manufacturing and installation of the structural steel frame.
Client: Merseyside Pension Fund / Queensberry Real Estate Main Contractor: ISG PLC. Engineer: Jubb Consulting Engineers Ltd. Architect: Lyons Sleeman Hoare Architects.
Please visit gorgefabs.co.uk for more information.
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