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Redpath Dorman Long

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Bridge and constructional steel maker, of Middlesbrough[1]

1967 Was a subsidiary of Dorman Long; responsible for the design, fabrication and execution of the structural steelwork for the building to house Dorman Long's new basic oxygen plant[2]

1968 Subcontractors for construction of the Clifton M62 bridge across the River Irwell using an unusual construction method[3]

1969 Falling demand for structural steel led to closure of the Edinburgh works; the business employed more than 4000 people in all; works also at Glasgow, London, Manchester and Middlesbrough[4]

1972 In preparation for introduction of private capital, British Steel created a constructional engineering division and named it Redpath Dorman Long, a shell company, which would include the existing company which was renamed Redpath Dorman Long (Contracting)[5]

1982 Redpath Dorman Long was sold to Trafalgar House for £10 million. British Steel chairman Ian MacGregor wanted to concentrate the corporation's activities purely on iron and steel making.[6] Eventually merged with Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. From the 1st October the structural engineering division was controlled under the collective umbrella of Cleveland Redpath Engineering Holdings.[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 22, 1967
  2. The Times, Jul 26, 1967
  3. The Times, Apr 05, 1968
  4. The Times, Mar 06, 1969
  5. The Times, Apr 07, 1972
  6. The Engineer 1982/04/08 and 1982/04/15
  7. The Engineer 1982/09/23