14 March 2018
Corporate News

Tata Steel makes surgery safer with minimised floor vibrations at new Orkney Islands hospital

Tata Steel is helping surgeons perform delicate life-saving surgery at a new hospital being built in the Orkney Islands.

The hospital, said to be the biggest construction project on the Orkney Islands since St Magnus Cathedral was completed in the 12th Century, will feature 14,000m2 of composite steel floor deck playing a central role in minimising vibration in areas accommodating wards and operating theatres – a major consideration for hospitals.

The wards and operating theatres at the new hospital are located on the first floor and, to minimise vibration, there is a composite steel floor deck with a reinforced concrete floor slab. Supporting the thicker slabs, the design also required the use of short-span heavy steel beams and two additional lines of columns, further negating the potential for vibration issues.

Gary Culbert, Commercial & Business Development Manager at BHC, the structural steelwork contractors who specified the premium Tata Steel product, said: “We’re really pleased that a top-quality product has enabled us to satisfy a crucial requirement for the hospital.”

Martin Shackell, UK Sales Manager, Structural Products at Tata Steel, said: “The team at Shotton in North Wales is very proud to have produced steel which has made a vital contribution to the construction of an important new healthcare facility for the Orkney Islands.

“We worked very closely with BHC to ensure the stringent technical requirements were understood. Our technical capability to manufacture composite steel decking is well proven, and I am confident this was a key consideration in the tender evaluation. Tata Steel has a global track record of managing complex project packages.

“Tata Steel has executed projects of this nature in the past with extreme precision and accuracy, ensuring achievement of project objectives and client goals.”

Healthcare in Orkney is set to be transformed by the new £64 million hospital and healthcare facility which will provide a state-of-the-art clinical environment for the delivery of health services. The introduction of new technologies and facilities will reduce the number of people having to travel to the Scottish mainland for routine care.


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About Tata Steel’s European operations

Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, 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 that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the top global steel companies, with an annual steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes and almost 74,000 employees across five continents. The group’s revenue in the year ending March 2017 was $18.1 billion.