Severfield-Rowan Orbit Tower Constructor



Severfield-Rowen Plc, the market leading structural steel group, is pleased to announce that one of its principal companies, Watson Steel Structures Limited, is providing the structural steel work for the iconic AreclorMittal Orbit Tower at London’s Olympic site. Construction of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic site in Stratford, East London, started in January 2011 and is expected to be complete towards the end of Summer 2011.

Watson’s was chosen for this high profile and prestigious project as a result of its unparalleled expertise in producing precision-made steel structures. Watson’s has an impressive track record in working to complex specifications, on time and to budget, and has been involved in many of London’s best known construction projects. Recent work includes the 2012 Olympic Stadium itself, as well as Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium, the multi-award winning Baltic Millennium Bridge at Gateshead and Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5.

Severfield-Rowen’s chief operating officer Peter Emerson said,

“We are very familiar with taking a drawing board concept and turning it into a reality. It’s what we do and we are the market leaders. However, In the case of the ArcelorMittal Orbit project, the degree of precision required was higher than usual. Its unique design meant that it would not be possible to make adjustments to the structure once construction commenced. We have therefore had to machine the components to their exact specifications, to enable them to fit precisely together. The asymmetric shape also requires far more frequent stage by stage analysis, to ensure full stability. I am pleased that we are equipped for this challenge.”

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower is the brainchild of award-winning artist Anish Kapoor and has been developed in collaboration with one of the world’s leading structural designers, Cecil Balmond of Arup. It consists of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel 115m in height. When completed, it will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York and offer unparalleled views of the entire 250 acres of the Olympic Park and London’s skyline from a special viewing platform.


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