Sheffield Engineering Firm’s Innovation Shortlisted for ‘Best of British’ Award

14th August 2019

Sheffield engineering specialist SCX Ltd – the company behind pioneering developments at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium and the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon – is in the running for its most prestigious award to date.

 

New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with retractable pitch by SCX Special Projects

 

Its design, engineering and installation of large-scale moving structures has resulted in it making the shortlist in the innovation category of The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2019.

The SCX group, based in Wincobank, Sheffield, has enjoyed success in several local, regional and national awards over the past couple of years.

Its bespoke engineering arm, SCX Special Projects, has successfully delivered the world’s first dividing retractable pitch for Tottenham Hotspur. This means that Premier League football, NFL American football, Gallagher Premiership rugby, plus other events such as concerts and exhibitions, can all take place at Spurs’ new multi-use venue.

Meanwhile it designed, engineered and installed a retractable roof for Wimbledon No.1 Court – ten years after its similar roof for Centre Court – that was used for the first time in this summer’s Championships, guaranteeing play whatever the weather.

Now the company’s sector-leading expertise in the disciplines of mechanical and electrical engineering have resulted it being on a shortlist of ten in The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The competition highlights the best of British business and is open to any UK organisation regardless of size, attracting a large volume of entries.

Winners of the National Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 12.

 

National Business Awards 2019 Finalist Logo

 

The family-run SCX group, which was founded in Sheffield in 1972, has more than 160 employees and has seen substantial growth across its three businesses: engineering experts SCX Special Projects; national crane service provider Street CraneXpress; and wholesale distributor of electrical control gear Burnand XH.

“Our culture is to encourage growth through innovation at all levels of the business, not just in the solutions we deliver to our customers, but also in how we work with each other. It’s a great feeling to see this being recognised beyond the engineering sector, in the context of industry at large,” said SCX group chairman Simon Eastwood.

“This latest shortlisting means we are in the running for our most prestigious national award so far and is further evidence of the world-class talent of our engineers and other employees across our business.”

SCX’s pioneering mechanical structures at Tottenham and Wimbledon are its most high-profile projects, and in June the company was shortlisted, alongside Populous, the lead architect of the new Spurs stadium, for Architectural Collaboration of the Year in the Architects’ Journal AJ100 awards.

The Sheffield business continues to attract interest across a variety of industry sectors for the way it creatively adapts its engineering techniques, helping to solve mechanical handling challenges in a diverse range of situations.

Much of its work is now in the nuclear sector where SCX Special Projects engineers high integrity cranes and bespoke lifting solutions to meet the stringent safety regulations of the nuclear industry.

Its knowledge and skills are also in demand in defence, aerospace, entertainment venues, architecture and manufacturing.