Steel Rolling Mill

Frederick Gibberd, Scunthorpe, 1950


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South-east wing of administrative block, showing the entrance to service road through to workshops 

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  • South-east wing of administrative block, showing the entrance to service road through to workshops    
  • Administrative block concourse entrance, blue and grey tiling    
  • Administrative block entrance to offices    
  • Administrative block the workmen    
  • Administrative block drawing office    
  • Administrative block concourse, red quarry tiles, walls are hard dark red bricks    
  • Administrative block handrail detail    
  • Office and welfare building    
  • Men    
  • Clocking in hall    
  • Exterior of rolling mill    
  • Interior of steel rolling mill    
  • Electrical sub-station elevation    
  • Electrical sub-station elevation    
  • Electrical sub-station entrance    
  • Small entrance porch    
  • Interior of machine room    
  • East corner of machine room    
  • Site Plan    
  • Administrative block basement plan    
  • Administrative block ground floor plan    
  • Administrative block first floor plan    
  • Setion through administrative block    
  • Steel rolling mill section    
  • Steel rolling mill perspective and detail    
  • Steel rolling mill elevation    
  • Office and welfare building - ground floor plan    
  • Office and welfare building - first floor plan    
  • Electrical sub-station plan     
  • Electrical sub-station section    

Extensive rebuilding of a steel mill including the addition of an administrative block with maintenance workshops

The administrative building contains two wings. The southwest wing accommodates stores, welfare and workshop stores, and the southeast wing contains the drawing office and other technical accommodation. A service road runs though the workshop building allowing direct access to the stores and workshop.

The workmen's entrance forms a concourse at the junction of the two wings. The workshop stores are on the ground and basement floors with access to the workshop, the administrative and planning offices have a separate entrance. A lecture room and library are also on the first floor.

Due to problems of dust and noise the administrative block was sealed from the outside, artificially ventilated and heated. All external surfaces are hard and have permanent colours which can be easily cleaned. Since the offices are sealed from the open air ,windows were designed as glass brick panels, with a strip of glass placed under each to give a view.

The mill is steel framed, with reinforced concrete hollow tile floors and roof, external walls are brickwork.


  • Completed: 1950
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Address: Appleby Frodingham Steel Works, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom

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