Stepping into British Steel is like stepping into a whole new world. To truly understand it, you need to delve into every corner of every product, of every site and of every person that takes pride in being part of our brand. In doing this, you also need to honour the heritage that spans over 150 years and has evolved to become the business we know today.
Every week, I have the privilege of searching through past records holding the history of our sites, to find what I feel would be most appropriate to share with the world on our social media channels - Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
One story that keeps catching my eye is the Anchor Project. Under several phases, the 1960s saw the multi-million pound refurbishment of our Scunthorpe site, including the development of our Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) plant, continuous casting and various mills.
Work started in early 1970s, with the works slowly taking shape over 1,000 acres of land.
Our integral BOS Plant started to form allowing us to turn iron into quality steel on site.
Mills, including the Billet and Medium Section, slowly came into place.
Everyone came together to make sure the job was done and this was the largest ever civil engineering contract at the time, creating 5,500 jobs.
The fixing rollers for the cooling banks got installed in the Medium Section Mill in 1972.
The 9ft gas main linking was erected and secured. It’s bigger than it looks!
High above Burma Road, men work on equipment for the wagon tippler, which will have dealt with trains bringing overseas ore to our site.
Our conveyor belts came together to help transport stocked material from our blending yard.
Piece by piece, the Scunthorpe steelworks came together to become a functioning body for steel manufacturing.
The works officially opened in 1974 by Queen Elizabeth II.