03-Oct-18: Steel Design Award for the V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter

The Company is proud to announce that Bourne Steel has won a Structural Steel Design Award for the Exhibition Road Quarter project at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Bourne Steel were responsible for the connection design, fabrication and erection of 13 ‘Toblerone’ trusses that support the new public courtyard and entry from Exhibition Road above new basement level galleries.

The project team from Bourne Steel, Arup, Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) and Wates attended the award ceremony at Banqueting House in Whitehall, London where they were presented with the award by BCSA President Tim Outteridge.

30-July-2018: Company Name Change

We would like to announce that we are in the process of changing the name of Bourne Construction Engineering Ltd (Company Registration No 412198) to Bourne Group Ltd. 

While our roots remain in steel construction, we have diversified within both the construction and structural engineering markets to offer a wide range of products and services to our customers. We therefore consider that Bourne Group Ltd more appropriately reflects our business now and into the future.

This is a name change only, our contact details, company registration number and VAT number remain unchanged, as do all existing obligations, liabilities, responsibilities, rights and benefits of all agreements entered into by Bourne Construction Engineering Ltd.

Our Group, which was been in profit since its inception in 1946 when Bourne Steel Limited was originally formed, remains committed to maintaining excellent relationships with clients, customers and suppliers alike and looks forward to a very successful future.

This is an advanced notice of our Company name change, we will update our clients, customers and suppliers when the process is complete.

23-July-2018: Bourne trailer wins ‘Best Float’ at Wareham Carnival


Every year the Bourne Group lends one of their trailers to a local Scout Group, 1st Sandford Scouts for their float in Upton and Wareham Carnivals. This years theme was Scouting of the Seas and they did a fantastic job of turning our trailer into a pirate ship!

Bourne Steel Loader and Scout leader Andy Butler aka Captain Rambo sailed the Scouts safely though the streets of Upton and Wareham where other community groups and local volunteers gathered to join in the fun.

1st Sandford Scouts were extremely pleased to win ‘Best Community Group’ at Upton Carnival and ‘Best Float’ at Wareham Carnival.

04-July-18: Bourne Group surpasses 1 million hours RIDDOR free

The Bourne Group is proud to announce that the company has surpassed one million man-hours without a RIDDOR Reportable Incident.

To put this milestone into perspective, it would take 100 men working a 40 hour week, over 5 years to achieve.

This is an outstanding achievement considering the high-risk environments our employees work in, both in our manufacturing facility and construction sites.

Bourne has implemented a number of forward thinking initiatives to enhance the health and wellbeing of all its employees and sub-contractors, empowering the workforce to be more safety conscious. Through our Safety Incentive Scheme, coloured cards are issued to encourage employees and subcontractors to work safely. Managers are encouraged to focus on positive reinforcement of good practice by issuing green cards to those that go above and beyond what is expected. A focus on Near Miss reporting has also proved to be a powerful safety tool which has a daily impact on safe thinking. All staff are encouraged to note both safe and unsafe practices and observations, and submit them for review and action; this has ensured that potential hazards are eliminated before they cause harm.

In 2017 Bourne also implemented a new online induction process, enabling us to deliver a consistent, comprehensive induction to all persons, setting out clear expectations and enabling us to test each individuals understanding of the content before they start work.

Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Malcolm Coles commented “Everyone involved in achieving this landmark should be applauded for their continual efforts. As always our ultimate aim is to ensure that our workforce are kept safe whilst carrying out our work activities and they return home safely each day. Here’s to continuing this performance into 2018 and beyond.”

11-June-2018: Bourne complete 3 Peaks Challenge

Congratulations and well done to the Bourne team who completed the 3 Peaks Challenge this weekend in aid of the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation.

The team of eight Bourne employees, Nikki Barlow, Aaron Staples, Maria Hardy, Jon Piggott, Chris Moore, David Lindsay, Beth Romans and Ben Laybourne scaled Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain, on Friday evening, Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain on Saturday morning, and Snowden, Wales’ highest mountain on Saturday afternoon.

In total they walked 26 miles, with 2,926 metres of climb, and were driven over 1,400 miles by two Bourne directors, Craig Galway and Nick Hayes.

The team would like to say a big thank you to Craig and Nick for giving up their time (and sleep) and getting them safely to each mountain and home again!

Trainee CAD Modeller and 3 Peaks team member Ben Laybourne said “It was a brilliant weekend, full of amazing people and wonderful views. It was also great to meet people from different areas of the company and come together for a challenge”.

The team have succeeded in raising over £1,000 which will go towards supporting Dorset residents and their families affected by cancer. There is still time to donate to the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation via the Just Giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bourne-group

08-May-2018: Bourne take on 3 Peaks Challenge

On 8th June, eight Bourne employees (Nikki Barlow, Aaron Staples, Maria Hardy, Jon Piggott, Chris Moore, David Lindsay, Beth Romans and Ben Laybourne) will be taking on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation.

Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).

With the help of two designated drivers (Craig Galway and Nick Hayes), the team will first need to travel 566 miles from the Bourne HQ in Poole to Fort William where the challenge will begin. Then over the course of 24 hours, they will trek 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m.

This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. We would like to wish the team the best of luck and hope the weather holds out for this incredible challenge!

If you would like to show your support and make a donation, please visit the team’s Just Giving page:



04-April-2018: Teaching Scouts about the dangers of playing on building sites

While working on a major contract at the Sky head office in Osterley, Bourne visited a local Scout Group to teach children about the dangers of playing on and near building sites.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), each year several children die and many are injured following accidents on construction sites.

Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser at RoSPA, said: “Although the number of children killed and injured at construction sites has gone down in recent years, there are still two or three children who are killed after gaining access to building sites every year, which is unacceptable.”

During the visit, Bourne Project Director Greg Brown launched a competition for the 1st Osterley Scouts to design their own site safety posters and build a model multi-storey car park.

Greg says “It’s important to get youngsters thinking about the dangers that exist to emphasise the message they should stay away from building sites. We have a responsibility not only to make sure children can’t access our sites but also to educate them why they shouldn’t even attempt it.”

Greg and Design Manager Brian Bradshaw returned to the Scout Group earlier this month to judge the competition entries and present prizes to the winning designers, Molly Ballantyne, age 10 and Daniel Lumm Age 9. Molly and Daniel’s winning safety posters will be displayed on Bourne construction sites across the country.


Bourne would like to say thank you to the 1st Osterley Scout Group for being so accommodating and we can’t wait to see the winning posters on display.

09-March-2018: Bourne attends local careers fairs

Bourne attended two local careers fairs this week to offer free advice to pupils interested in working in the construction industry.

Bourne employees from various departments including Project Management, Design Engineering, Production, Commercial, Project and Bid Management attended Parkstone Grammar School and Bournemouth and Poole College careers fairs where they met with children, parents and college students to discuss the different career paths available to them.

Production Director, John Flynn met with school leavers to discuss apprenticeship opportunities at Bourne while Assistant Commercial Manager, Tom Hunt gave advice on the application process.

Attending Parkstone Grammar School for Girls was also a fantastic opportunity for us to banish the old-fashioned gender stereotypes that can discourage women from joining the construction industry. Bid Manager, Valentina Biles was on hand to give an insight into the industry from a female perspective and discuss the significant range of careers available in our sector.

We hope we’ve inspired a new generation to consider a future in what is now one of the biggest and most diverse sectors in the country.