Merseyside Galvanizers has worked alongside Suresteel Services to create an innovative cycle hub as part of the £200m X1 Media City development in Manchester.
The development is set to see four new tower blocks built at Salford Quays, which will be home to 1,036 apartments, in addition to a private gym and cinema for residents. The centre will also become the new home of the BBC.
Merseryside Galvanizers, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, treated around six tonnes of metal with its specialist hot-dip galvanising, which would then be used to fabricate the dedicated cycle hub.
Although the contractor initially specified that the steel used be painted, Suresteel Services pushed for a galvanized solution as it would mean the steel would last a lifetime and be effectively protected from the elements.
Richard Smetham, sales manager at Merseyside Galvanizers elaborated: “We’re really pleased that the team at Suresteel Services pushed for galvanizing as a form as protection for the cycle hub. Painting can be really effective and eye-catching at first, but once the steel has been exposed to weathering, it does start to corrode and look shabby.
Galvanizing protects steel from all forms of damage and it can also be painted afterwards if needed for aesthetics, although many companies do prefer the modern look of galvanized steel.”
Wedge Group Galvanizing,
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