Bombardier Service Centre

The largest cantilever roofed hangar to be built in the UK for more than 50 years is being achieved using structural sections supplied by British Steel.

Dorset-based structural steel firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) and design and build specialist Civils Contracting Ltd (Civils) are building the Bombardier Service Centre at Biggin Hill in London, with products sourced from British Steel.

REIDsteel has a strong history at London Biggin Hill, with more than half of its hangars having been built by the company. This however, is the most technically challenging to date.

With a 165m long central core supporting two 45m cantilever roofs, the service centre will be the UK’s second largest after a 46.5m cantilever hangar was built at RAF Brize Norton in 1967.

As well as a state-of-the-art hangar, the development will also comprise a workshop, office space and 650,000 sq ft of apron area and surrounds.

REIDsteel is providing the conceptual and detailed design for the project, as well as the fabrication and erection of the steel frame and the full building envelope including cladding, windows, doors, decking and vents.

British Steel is manufacturing and supplying 1,200 tonnes of universal beams, universal columns and parallel flange channels to REIDsteel for the development.


We’re proud to support REIDsteel in the supply of structural steel from Teesside for this prestigious project.

REIDsteel made a strategic decision last year to nominate British Steel as their preferred steel supplier and were the first steelwork contractor to sign the UK Steel Charter in support of UK steel producers. Not only has REIDsteel been vocal in its support for British manufacturing, but it’s also demonstrated this through its continued provision of purchase orders.

I am delighted that our partnership goes from strength to strength, and proud to see steel produced in the UK being used in REIDsteel’s projects around the world.

Ben Cunliffe, Commercial Director, British Steel