Structural Steelwork

We offer a fully integrated service in-house embracing design, drawing, fabrication, shot-blasting, painting, transportation and erection of main frame structural steelwork. In conjunction with this we design and erect proprietary cold rolled cladding support systems.

In addition, we can provide a collaborative supply chain for:

  • Factory applied structural steel coatings
  • Metal Decking
  • Pre-cast concrete floor planks, stairs and landings
  • Roofing and cladding


We offer early procurement and costing advice on all aspects of project development, assisting to manage client risks and develop an optimum project design.

In the current competitive climate, we offer transparency of costing, competitive pricing, combined with early advice on design programming. This ensures cost and design are fully developed at an early stage and procurement, design and construction risks are actively managed out. For developers, construction companies and professional advisors looking to market test project viability and design we provide rates, budget costing and client bills to full estimating service.

If you wish to take advantage of our value engineering services, please contact us with your enquiry or email

Design and Drawing Office

We offer a full design and build service, value engineering, design, cost planning and material procurement to optimise design and reduce manufacture and supply costs.

Our new 28,000 sq ft offices, adjacent to our existing offices and integral 10,000 sq ft workshop enables us to meet the demands of our growing business. The offices incorporate our new drawing office which offers integrated design via the Tekla 3D modelling system, providing important information between the client design team, purchasing and production.

From project inception to delivery we design, detail and plan phased manufacturing to support the ‘just in time’ model. BIM is used to ensure accurate management of communications between all disciplines. CAD stations are fully equipped with the latest AutoCAD Version including Tekla 3D modelling for design and detailing of steelwork, providing a platform for design of a complete 3D model of any structure.

Individual component drawings are automatically produced from computer generated data and are downloaded directly to our buying department and CNC production facility.

Value Engineering

Adding value through design excellence:

We are able to provide a complete design service or assist with adding value to existing designs.  Our design is carried out in-house by Chartered Engineers under comprehensive PI insurance thereby giving clients defined levels of experience and full protection.

Our input on contracts is positive, irrespective of the time of initial engagement.  However, we do note that the earlier we are involved the better the chance of beneficial input.  We have worked on many projects so have developed many solutions to differing problems.  This wide experience allows us to focus on solutions which will maintain performance cost effectively without compromise to quality.  Our experience not only covers steel but many other component parts of structures and envelopes so we can greatly assist in the challenges at interfaces and how materials interact.  Respective tolerances are very important here so our understanding can ease the flow through design development.  It is in everyone’s interest in the team to deliver a good product.  We are remembered for what we have just finished!

The key with any partnership is mutual respect and trust.  Our early meetings will allow us to merge into the existing team as we strive for the common goal.  We are professional designers so understand that process, but we are also contractors so know intimately the minutiae involved in getting everything to fit together within tolerance, correct first time so with reduced cost and programme risk.

Manufacturing Operations

Our manufacturing and office sites extend to 30 acres with a 200,000 square foot main production workshop (for manufacturing, shot-blasting and painting) and a 10,000 square foot small works.

We operate three fully automated CNC cut and drill lines, a robotic coping line and plasma cutting and drilling line for plates and fittings. All manufacturing operations are fully CNC operated. Capacity is available to manufacture 750 tonnes per week.

Fabrication operations are supported by MIG welding and fabrication stations. Heavy lifting is provided by thirteen linked overhead cranes.

The business operates a just-in-time ‘pull’ system for stock inventory manufacturing to phased construction deliveries. Within the main production facility we use bar coding and RFI technology to monitor and control quality and supply. This allows us to effectively manage and track fabrication for our clients in conjunction with our drawing office, buying and design teams.

Painting and Shot-Blasting

Additional to the above is our 48,000sq ft paint shop facility which allows us to manage and control volume fabricated steelwork on a continuous flow system, delivering shot-blasted and painted products to our strict CE marking compliance standards.

All products are then allocated to specific drying areas prior to transport to site.

Large volumes of intumescent can easily be handled and stored without disruption, as well as other specified paint systems. All operations are quality controlled as part of our quality system.

Steel is prepared by either pre-blasting and/or priming where large members are pre-constructed before final assembly. All members are blasted in our automatic blast facility which is capable of managing members up to 2m high and 2.5m wide.


We deliver to site and erect steelwork using our own fully liveried equipment and plant, articulated lorries, trailers, all terrain cranes and MEWP’s. Our in-house operatives are fully trained in all transport and erection operations, thus assuring total control over deliveries, variation and client programme.

We offer four articulated lorries, over forty 13.5m tri-axle trailers, including extendable trailers up to 22m, low-loader trailers for transportations of MEWPs, eight modern all-terrain mobile cranes, ranging from 50 to 130 tonne, MEWPs, ranging from 46 to 90 ft.

Using our own plant, equipment and operatives provides a dependable and flexible resource to our clients, available for all projects.

We also operate our own CITB/IPAF+ Accredited Training Centre, offering NVQ/SQA accredited courses for external businesses. If you would like more information or to arrange training course(s) for your operatives, then please send us your Training Enquiry.

Erection Operations

We are at the forefront of our market, offering speed of erection combined with safe working and adaptability to accommodate change. These are the hallmarks of our site operations, providing clients with a safe, dependable and value for money erection service.

Combined with our in-house drawing office operations, we can deliver on programme and budget and, in many cases, reduce the target programme.

We train, manage and control our resources, continually improving the way we work. We have leading credentials with:

  • Managers having attained NVQ/SVQ Level 3-4 certification in construction management (in addition to many years’ site experience)
  • Site supervisors having attained SMSTS 5-Day management accreditation together with Gold Card supervisory status
  • Operational staff having attained NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Constructing Capital Plant Steel Structures (Erecting) or through on site assessment and training (OSAT)
  • Erectors having attained CSCS cards (Construction Skills Certification Scheme)

J & D Pierce offer a combined edge protection package using proprietary CombiSafe edge protection, reducing the risk from working at height.

We can deploy, erect, accelerate or vary works to meet client change, working hand-in-hand with our estimating and drawing office resources. Almost 40 years’ experience of site erection allows us to plan and deliver projects safely with speed and efficiency, making our performance the leading benchmark for our sector.

Integrated Services

J&D Pierce offer integrated services, in addition to structural steelwork framing, to better co-ordinate and manage combined frame and floor construction.

Cold Rolled Purlins & Rail Systems

We procure and fit proprietary cold rolled systems, usually specified by the structural engineer or architect. We can offer a related design service to rationalise and review cold rolled system design.

Metal Decking

Through an established supply chain we can provide design and installation of metal decking solutions. We place deck on site and can install deck shear studding within our overall steel package role. The client benefits from integrated steel and decking co-ordination, drawing and site co-ordination, with the option to undertake value engineering of the overall floor/beam design.


Precast Slabs and Stairs

Where requested, we supply and install precast flooring and stairs and supporting steelwork. Alternatively, we can provide a lifting and locating service only, using our cranes in conjunction with the supply only package.

In-House Edge Protection

We supply, install and manage proprietary edge protection systems, safety netting, mansafe lines & HAKi stair access towers reducing the risk of working at height, with either the steel or decking/precast concrete packages.