Kumasi Central Market Phase 2

Our steel structural sections going through BHC's workshop

A market in the rainforest region of West Africa is being transformed using steel from British Steel’s Teesside Beam Mill.

Kumasi Central Market is an open-air market in the city of Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti. It's a major trading centre which is visited by up to 800,000 people daily from Ghana and the surrounding countries of Benin and Togo.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has provided £70.3 million of support to develop and modernise the market on the requirement that a UK-based company was awarded the contract.

BHC was named as the structural steelwork subcontractor by British firm, Contracta Construction UK, in association with UKEF.

BHC is fabricating the structural steelwork for the project in its 55-acre fabrication facility in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, which is then being shipped from Grangemouth to the Port of Tema, Ghana in containers.

Kumasi Central Market is designed to promote economic growth, to boost tourism and to encourage socio-economic development by improving connections to the north of Ghana.

The market will feature 6,500 market spaces to lease, 5,400 cold stores, 800 kiosks, 50 restaurants, 210 stalls for fishmongers and butchers, 40 livestock stalls, a police station, fire station, post office and a hospital.

British Steel is manufacturing and supplying 8,000 tonnes of structural sections to BHC as part of the development.

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This project is a wonderful example of the importance of circular relationships, which on this occasion were established with UKEF and Contracta Construction UK, ensuring that British Steel was fully involved with all key stakeholders from the outset.

UKEF provides valuable opportunities to UK manufacturing companies seeking to export goods and services. Through this relationship, we were able to influence the design specification early on and switch to British standards, thereby facilitating the likelihood of the project being awarded to a UK steelwork contractor.

BHC is a long-term customer of British Steel’s. We are delighted that our service and quality has contributed to BHC being able to deliver a successful project for their client. 

Ben Cunliffe, Commercial Director, British Steel