Mercia Architectural Ltd

Waterloo contract puts Mercia on track for record year. Mercia Architectural Ltd, a Dudley based specialist steel fabricator, has tapped into the spirit of the Olympics to record its best every year.
Mercia Architectural Ltd

Warren Holland and Rachel Eade at Mercia Architectural

Supported by the Manufacturing Advisory Service, the firm beat off international competition to secure a major contract to complete all the architectural metalwork for the new concourse at Waterloo train station.

The Manufacturing Challenge

The £1.1million project was the biggest in the company’s history and involved working with BAM Construction to design and manufacture all the aluminium cladding, the main staircases and the stainless steelwork for the shops on the concourse. It also had to play an instrumental role in the installation of the glass balustrading, which included providing specialist technical support in ensuring the 300 metre-long balcony was fit for purpose.

There was no margin for error and the finish had to be world class with hundreds of thousands of people expected to use Waterloo as their transport interchange for London 2012.

“We secured the order against rivals ten times our size, so a lot was expected of us in terms of being able to offer the architects and construction company a complete package, from help with adapting the designs and the manufacture right through to installation and maintenance.

Originally we had 45 weeks to start and finish the job. By the time we could actually get on site, it turned out everything had to be completed in 22 weeks, a massive challenge but one we successfully met with help from MAS."

MAS action

“MAS has been an invaluable source of external advice during the contract and will be crucial to helping us secure the support we need to grow and take on new people.”

Warren Holland, Managing Director
Mercia Architectural

The £1.1million project was the biggest in the company’s history and involved working with BAM Construction to design and manufacture all the aluminium cladding, the main staircases and the stainless steelwork for the shops on the concourse. It also had to play an instrumental role in the installation of the glass balustrading, which included providing specialist technical support in ensuring the 300 metre-long balcony was fit for purpose.
There was no margin for error and the finish had to be world class with hundreds of thousands of people expected to use Waterloo as their transport interchange for London 2012.

Mercia Architectural, which employs 12 people at its Shaw Road site in Dudley, used support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service to improve processes and manage its supply chain – a critical factor in delivering the contract on time and to budget.

This involved sourcing the right sub-contractors, reducing waste and putting in place a number of systems to ensure optimum levels of quality and that deadlines were met at various stages of the project.

Rachel Eade, Supply chain Specialist at MAS, said: “Mercia has not sat back and basked in the glory of the Waterloo contract. Instead the firm has seized the moment and actively used its involvement in London 2012 to attract new opportunities. It’s currently working through the biggest pipeline of tenders it has ever had.”

Results

2012 marks Mercia’s 10th year in business and has seen it increase turnover from £950,000 to £1.6million.

The company is now set-up to deliver on a host of high profile contracts and this will lead to the creation of up to four new jobs over the course of the next twelve months.

  • Turnover up from £950k to £1.6million
  • Creation of three new jobs and the possibility of four more
  • Improved processes and supply chain management

Overview

Employees: 12
Turnover: £1.6m
Sector: Fabricated metal products
Location: Dudley, West Midlands

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