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With almost 160 years of family-owned heritage, Stepnell is a highly experienced complete construction partner, delivering maximum project quality and value for clients, while remaining a family business at heart.
We understand the unique drivers and challenges at work across a diverse range of sectors. This understanding fuels our mission to seamlessly provide complete end-to-end project services across design, build, project management, energy management and land / asset developments.
The Stepnell Group is a well-capitalised and financially resilient business, operating from six offices in the East Midlands, Midlands and Southern England. With over £40m net assets, we have resources and infrastructure in place to deliver challenging projects from £0-30m. However, we are more than that. We strive to add true value, anticipating risks and identifying new opportunities for our clients in education, residential, commercial, industrial, retail, healthcare, community, leisure and heritage sectors.
Establishing long-term and enduring relationships with organisations, based on shared values and our Teamship collaborative approach, has led to 75% of our turnover delivered through repeat business.
Clients benefit from our approach to early engagement, bringing in our supply chain to develop the best value response to their challenges. We work collaboratively proving performance through KPIs.
We are partners on over 14 key national and regional frameworks, including:
Frameworks allow clients to work with us at a far earlier stage than traditional procurement routes, giving us the opportunity to understand and mitigate challenges before they occur and providing better value for money, while remaining fully compliant with procurement regulations.
Our construction teams deliver maximum project quality and value for clients across design, build and project management. Understanding your goals, aspirations and vision is our number one priority. Using our expertise, we provide customers with options, alternatives and possibilities to maximise each project’s potential.
We manage for ourselves and offer clients the full suite of property management, including lease renewals, dilapidation, energy performance and management. We have a strong track record in delivery, planning permissions for long term retention into the portfolio or subsequent sale.
We work on our portfolio of properties as well as third parties, carrying out full development activities from land purchase, planning permission, business case preparation and construction. This includes both new build and refurbishment in commercial, industrial and residential sectors.
Offers targeted support with developing and delivering energy saving strategies and carbon reduction ambitions, through the implementation of renewable and efficient energy technologies. With a focus on identifying the best technology to suit individual needs and managing the successful install, commissioning and monitoring of the solutions, ensuring they are providing the best possible outcome for clients.
We operate a specialist joinery workshop with an in-house team of time served craftspeople. We are able to offer joinery of the highest quality to any part of the UK. Our skilled team specialise in one off commissions and have a full design capability that enables us to respond quickly to clients’ needs.
Our concrete repairs team has decades of experience in this specialist sector. Whether it be crack repair, corrosion protection, remediation or strengthening, we can survey, design and execute works to the highest standards. Current clients include National Grid, working across the transmission system via a long-standing framework.
Step to Zero
‘Step to Zero’ is a bespoke process developed by Stepnell to draw out the sustainability opportunities within a project at the earliest possible stage, maximising their potential for our clients. In the context of the worldwide Climate and Ecology Emergency, we work with our clients to develop a logical road map to achieve Net Zero projects, while minimising natural resource use and waste, enhancing biodiversity, and obtaining benchmark certifications.
Located in Infinity Park, Derby, a major national centre for industry and innovation, the UK’s latest Nuclear AMRC is a purpose built industrial manufacturing nuclear research and development facility with ancillary office core, dedicated first floor office, associated service yard, car parking and external works.
The new centre focuses on later-stage development in technology areas, which will deliver the maximum impact for the UK’s nuclear supply chain, and act as a regional base for Nuclear AMRC’s supply chain development programme. The building has a total area of around 4,300 square metres, including a large open-plan workshop with 10 metre ceilings and 50 tonne cranes to allow work on large fabrications and assemblies, and dedicated laboratories for 3D printing and rapid prototyping, virtual reality and visualisation, and equipment qualification.
Nuclear AMRC Midlands provides a permanent base in Derby for the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear AMRC, part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and a new home for the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE).
Nuclear AMRC Midlands follows a pilot facility in Infinity Park’s iHub building, which Nuclear AMRC opened in February 2019. They worked with regional partners to build the new bespoke research facility, securing secured £6.85 million from central government in August 2020. Stepnell Ltd started construction of Nuclear AMRC Midlands in March 2022, and completed in April 2023.
Nuclear AMRC Midlands forms part of a developing nuclear cluster on Infinity Park alongside Rolls-Royce’s Nuclear Skills Academy. They worked with Rolls-Royce and partners to establish the new academy at iHub, which is now training 200 apprentices a year for Rolls-Royce’s submarine propulsion business. The Academy is also supported by the National College for Nuclear, the University of Derby and Derby City Council.
The research centre will advance manufacturing capabilities for sustainable energy using a range of pioneering technologies. With energy prices now at record levels, Nuclear AMRC Midlands will help guide the manufacturing industry through the energy transition and facilitate growth in a carbon-neutral economy.
NAMRC achieved an ‘excellent performance’ score of 43/45 from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, 14/15 for respecting the community and care for the environment and 15/15 for valuing Stepnell’s workforce.
Development partners: The NAMRC was constructed by Stepnell Ltd for the government-backed Infinity Park Derby (IPD), a unique collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City Council, Wilson Bowden, Peveril Securities, the Harpur Crewe Estate and Rolls-Royce and developers IPD LLP, with over £9 million funding from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. All joinery inside the welcome area was designed and crafted by Stepnell’s Joinery Workshop.
A £2 million charity funded Wellbeing Hub for staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital (CRH) NHS Foundation Hospital has now been finished by complete construction partner Stepnell, opening as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the NHS.
Using its extensive building expertise, the Stepnell team was responsible for design elements and quick delivery of the purpose-built facility, which is intended for hospital staff to use in support of their health and wellbeing. It includes facilities such as a state-of-the-art gym, counselling rooms, areas for complimentary therapies and group or individual reflections after traumatic incidents.
The finished Hub benefitted from Stepnell’s whole team working approach to develop and finalise the design with consultants and subcontractors – including Southgate and Sarabia Architects, MAC Consulting and Adept Consulting Engineers – to best meet the client’s budget. BIM coordination software was used in tandem with OneClick to enhance project discussions and engage early with the hospital Trust.
Stepnell’s work on the prestigious project featured a bespoke social value strategy, which included creating jobs for three local people, as well as organising fundraising events and carrying out significant social value work within the local community.
Over the course of the project, more than 100 hours of support into employment training was provided to Chesterfield College and Parkside Community School and a cumulative total of 47 weeks of training was provided for trainees and apprentices studying at Level 2, 3 and 4+. Furthermore, Stepnell committed to a local supply chain by ordering building materials within a 30-mile radius of the project, which achieved a 50% local spend, including 36% spend with local SMEs.
The design and construction of an £12.5m extension, delivered in the heart of the University’s busy campus. Located at the heart of the university’s campus, the Percy Gee Building has undergone a significant transformation. A four-storey extension provides a brand new glazed façade to the building, which fronts onto the newly completed Fielding Johnson Square.
The extension houses facilities including a large food court; double the amount of space for social learning; and a new informatics lab for the study of information science.
The new facilities are far more suited to the diverse range of student groups at the university, with a multi-purpose studio for performance societies, a state-of-the-art media suite, and a central location for support services.
Our works complete the modernisation of the Percy Gee Building, delivering an extension to match the quality of the rest of the Students’ Union.
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