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Steel Buildings in Yorkshire

Our latest completed project was to install a 36m x 12m x 5.5m Steel Framed Building in Yorkshire for a local property developer. The building will be used as a trade counter and workshop...

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Sustainable construction

Springfield Steel Buildings and Sustainable Construction, Keeping you up to date on why steel construction is sustainable. Buildings are responsible for almost half of the UK’s carbon emissio...

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Valet Building in Scotland

Tasked with providing a Valet Building by one of our regular clients, to provide a 40m x 7m x 2.5m valet building in Scotland. The steel framed building was to be the first of a series of 8 buildin...

Steel Buildings in Bury St Edmunds

Topiary Art Designs in Suffolk

Situated just outside Bury St Edmunds, Topiary Art Designs specialise in sculptures by Artist Steve Manning. Topiary Art Designs make custom and bespoke feature topiaries, willow, wi...

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Steel Building Merseyside

Our latest project is to install a 20m x 21m x 5.5m Steel Framed Building in Merseyside for a National Hire Company. The building will be used as a workshop in 50% of the unit and&nb...

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MOT Steel Builiding in Keighley

Our latest project is to install a 30m x 13m x 5.0m Steel Framed Building in Keighley for DLE Construction.   The site was a little unusual with a slopping site of approx 2m ove...

Steel Buildings and CDM 2015

The 2015 CDM Regulations

Springfield Steel Buildings construction projects are always designed and carried out in full to the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. The Construction Design and Management Regu...

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4x4 MOT Workshop

Our latest project is to install a 36m x 12m x 5.0m Steel Framed Building in Shropshire for Mcdonald Landrover. The building will be clad in 60mm Kingspan KS1000RW wall sheets and 80mm Kingspa...

Steel Buildings and CDM 2015

Steel Buildings and CDM Regs 2015

Springfield Steel Buildings welcomes new changes to CDM regulations. All projects are carried out to the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. If you are a client you shoul...

Groundworks underway at Penistone

Starter Business Units complete

Our brief was to offer a Design and Build full turnkey package for 5 new starter business units in Penistone. Scope of the completed works included, floor slab design, construction and drainage wor...

Starter Business Units in Penistone

Cold vs Hot Rolled

Cold rolled steel is more economical than hot rolled steel when used as a portal frame design, due to the amount of steel used. The cold rolled steel is produced with a galvanised finish to protect...

Estimator Appointment

New Estimator appointed

Springfield Steel Buildings are pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Lonsdale as a new point of contact for estimating steel building services. Daniel has an excellent knowledge of the con...

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Archery Club in Derbyshire

Springfield Steel Buildings were asked to provide a steel building for Derwent Bowmen Archery Club in Derbyshire. The Archery club had received a grant as part of the London Olympic Games 2012...

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New storage building near York

Springfield Steel Buildings have started a new bespoke steel storage building at Monks Cross, York for a M&S department store. The building is approx 17.5 metres x 19 metres with the eaves heig...

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Brighton Storage Building

Springfield Steel Buildings were tasked with providing a new bespoke steel storage building for a Marks & Spencers near Brighton.   The building was to be designed in such a way, to ensure...

Steelwork complete at The Vehicle Surgeon Ltd

MOT Workshop building underway

Springfield Steel Buildings latest project is for Vehicle Surgeon Ltd, Ipswich where we have been tasked to create a 3 bay MOT steel building as an extension to the existing workshop. Vehicle ...

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Steel Building CHAS accreditation

Springfield Steel Buildings are always looking at ways to improve our current health & safety and as such, we are currently an accredited supplier of CHAS. As a CHAS-accredited suppli...

You may be surprised to hear that steel buildings come with a range of benefits, especially when in comparison with more traditional building materials. Steel buildings tend to be much stronger, as well as being much more durable, they are also a lot more sustainable when being compared to other types of construction and buildings. As experts in steel framed buildings here at Springfield Steel Buildings, we take a look at the advantages of steel buildings.


Steel buildings have become a more popular choice as they are very durable and hardwearing. Steel is a strong material and it is able to withstand a range of elements as well as wear and tear. With this in mind, steel buildings are a good option for businesses that require a lot of space and that will stand up to a lot of usages. Steel buildings are also able to withstand the natural elements such as winds and storms, they have been known to work well in natural disasters. 


Steel buildings can be built to a range of sizes, this makes them a more versatile option, especially when it comes to different uses and purposes. Should you need a small steel building for extra space at your home, or do you need a large steel building for the workspace for your business. Whatever your requirements, there is always a steel building that will suit your needs. Steel framed building installations can be customised and include a range of different features, whatever you need from windows and doors to loading bays. 

The Environment

Another benefit that comes with steel buildings is that they are environmentally friendly, steel is a recyclable material so this means that steel buildings can be recycled when they have been used. In comparison to other types of construction, steel buildings are the most sustainable. 


Steel buildings are fireproof so they can withstand fire and won’t burn, this is because steel is a non-combustible element so it won’t ignite and won’t support the burning of other materials. This makes steel buildings a safe option for businesses and other types of use that could be at risk of a fire.

Natural Light and Airflow

Steel buildings provide natural light and airflow, this makes them a lot more comfortable, especially when it comes to using the space for work as this can also help to reduce energy costs. Steel buildings are also a lot stronger and much more durable than traditional construction materials, so they are a great investment when it comes to businesses and property owners. 


Steel buildings are known for being sturdy meaning that they can last a long time, they can have a lifespan of around 50 to 100 years, as long as they are maintained properly. So if you require a building space that will last for a long time, steel buildings are a great option. 

Steel framed buildings will need regular maintenance, this is to ensure their longevity, it’s also important to have the building inspected by a professional as this will help to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Regular inspections by professionals will ensure that you benefit in the long run. Steel lasts so long because it is a very strong material, it can withstand a lot of force and pressure, as well as not corroding or rusting easily. 

Why Choose Steel Buildings?

When considering construction, steel should always be your first port of call, it is strong and long-lasting and can be used for a number of reasons. Steel buildings are suitable for both residential and commercial spaces, they are the approved option, especially when considering wood - wood can easily rot and decay especially when it comes to harsh weather conditions. 

Popular Uses for Steel Buildings

Commercial space - steel buildings can be used for a range of commercial uses, from warehouses to factories and workspaces.

Agriculture - steel buildings are popular in this industry as they are strong so are great for storage sheds, barns and greenhouses.

Industrial - steel buildings are common when it comes to the industrial sector, they are often used for warehouses, factories and office space.

Call Springfield Steel Buildings for Steel Buildings

Steel buildings are a popular option and come with many benefits, their durability and longevity means that they are a wise investment for business or property owners. They are also weather-resistant and will stand the test of time when maintained properly. They are also a suitable space for workspace as they are comfortable and allow natural light and airflow. For more information on steel buildings, or should you have any questions about the services that we provide here at Springfield Steel, feel free to contact our team today.


    This is one of the most common questions when it comes to steel buildings - do steel buildings need planning permission? At Springfield Steel, we recommend that you take advice from your local planning authority. You should contact them and arrange a chat about your intended steel building project, this initial meeting should give you a good indication about whether you will get to go ahead for planning permission or not. You can also seek other advice for different areas, sites and locations. 

    The next steps will involve your local planning permission authority letting you make a pre application. This will take around 2 to 3 weeks and you should then find out if your planning application has been approved, the authority can also provide you with information regarding any potential problems, as well as the chance for you to discuss them before you proceed with the application. Sometimes you may be asked to provide an environmental statement alongside your application, you will be advised on this. 

    Permitted Development Rights

    In the majority of cases, steel buildings will require planning permission, but some will be referred to as ‘permitted development rights’, this is where planning permission won’t be necessary. This also goes for industrial buildings, warehouses, gyms, retail and shops. 

    General Planning Rules

    When it comes to planning permission, this will be needed for any new types of commercial buildings - those which are over 4 metres in height. The usual time for planning permission procedures is from 6 to 8 weeks, but all local authorities and councils are different, so some may take a lot longer.

    Temporary Steel Buildings

    This will be needed for temporary steel buildings which are going to be used for over 28 days, sometimes temporary planning permission will be provided for periods of up to 7 years, so it is worth asking for advice on this. 

    Planning permission isn’t required for industrial buildings that are within 10 metres of the area of land surrounding boundaries, it must also not be 5 metres high. A new building isn’t permitted to be taller than 15 metres, the higher the height of the building with the surrounding areas that are lower. The area space of a new building shouldn’t exceed more than 100 square metres, the land outside must also not be over 200 metres.

    Any alterations to existing buildings, planning permission isn’t needed as long as the building isn’t over 5 metres tall, subject to the being within 10 metres of the boundary.

    These are also applicable:

    The development needs to be in the existing boundary of the current building and not come with 5m of the surrounding area land.

    • Should not be within the boundaries of a listed building
    • Not reduce car parking or turning space
    • The new space must relate to the existing use of the building

    You can find the full planning permission regulations for industrial buildings on the UK Planning Portal.

    Steel Buildings and Fire Regulations

    In the UK building regulations will also require that steel buildings maintain their structural stability when exposed to fire. The regulations can vary in the UK but tend to start with steel buildings needing to retain their load-bearing capacity for a reasonable amount of time, this will allow people inside the building to escape. 

    Regulations will vary on the size as well as the use of the building and its position in relation to the property boundary. It’s important that fire can’t spread easily to neighbouring properties. You can find the full details of regulations and approved documents on the Government’s Planning Portal.

    Fire Protection for Steel Buildings

    There has been lots of research when it comes to the behaviour and effect of fire on steel buildings, this has resulted in a lot of fire protection solutions for steel buildings and frames becoming available. 

    Hot rolled steel frames can be treated with intumescent paint, cold rolled steel counterparts will react differently in a fire, this means that the product can’t be coated in intumescent paint. So when it comes to protecting columns, fire protection boards will be needed and they will provide fire resistance of up to 1.5 hours.

    For more information on the planning permission and the fire protection regulations needed for steel buildings, feel free to get in touch with the team at Springfield Steel today. 



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