British Steel has been given planning approval for a GBP 26 million upgrade to its Special Profiles business. The plans for a new service centre at Skinningrove, which include cut-to-length lines, product milling, machining and warehousing operations, have been approved by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. British Steel will now press ahead with the development, enabling it to make and process an extended range of value-added profiles for the forklift industry. It will enable It will enable us to manufacture world-class products to the tightest of tolerances. British Steel hopes to start building works later this year with commissioning expected to start in August 2023British Steel’s Special Profiles business makes components for a wide range of sectors including the forklift and earthmoving industries. Its plans for the new service centre, which will sit at the heart of the company’s Skinningrove site, were designed by north-East based lead architects Building Design Northern.The new Skinningrove facility is designed to replace the services currently offered at the company’s site in Darlington, which stores and cuts profiles to customer requirements. The company revealed in August 2021 that it intends to offer all employees currently based at Darlington new roles to retain and support its skilled workforce.This latest scheme builds on previous investments, including the installation of a GBP 2 million world-leading surface descaling system, a high-tech product processing centre and a unique robotic identification tracking control for each profile manufactured at the Skinningrove mill. Last month, the Special Profiles business announced it has commissioned a GBP 1 million state-of-the art laser measurement system. It provides millions of dimensional readings on every bar rolled, ensuring products are made to world-leading dimensional tolerances.