As part of the BBC’s DIY SOS: The Big Build project, Tata Steel has donated structural floor, roof and wall systems as well as technical expertise to an ambitious project to create the North Kensington community centre and rebuild the Dale Youth Boxing Club, which was destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire.
The DIY SOS team galvanised support from local residents and an array of industry experts, to produce the two state-of-the-art buildings, which it is hoped will provide a lasting legacy to the affected community.
Tata Steel supported the BBC team by supplying steel products from Shotton in north Wales and technical advice to those working on the challenging project, helping them to overcome the design problems associated with building underneath the A40 flyover in West London and designing a roof which was able to fit in such a confined space.
Kamal Rajput, Business Development Manager at Tata Steel, said: “As soon as we heard what the BBC was aiming to do we wanted to get involved. The Grenfell Tower tragedy touched all of us and we wanted to help in whatever way we could.
“The project had extremely tight deadlines, with the design stage beginning in March and the whole project having to be completed on time by June. Everyone involved appreciated how important these buildings are for the Grenfell community.”
Lawrence Spreag, Area Sales Manager Building Systems UK at Tata Steel, who also worked on the project, said: “The buildings are both stunning and watching them being unveiled alongside the local community was incredible. The Grenfell Tower fire was truly devastating and it was touching to meet those who have been affected and to be able to give something back. It was an honour to be part of such a poignant project.”
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About Tata Steel’s European operations
Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the Netherlands and the UK, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products which give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the top global steel companies, with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes and more than 65,000 employees across five continents. The group’s turnover in the year ending March 2018 was US $20.4 billion.