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Steelwork Contractor Membership

The Register of Qualified Steelwork Contractors Scheme for Bridgeworks – RQSC

By becoming a RQSC member your organisation can:

Demonstrate competence and capability

Improve client confidence and service

Meet the requirements to tender for projects for Highways England, Transport Scotland and Northern Ireland’s Department for Regional Development

Membership overview

The Register of Qualified Steelwork Contractors Scheme for Bridgeworks (RQSC) is open to any Steelwork Contractor who has a fabrication facility within the UK and European Union. In order to be registered for Bridgeworks, a company must present references for completed supply and erect contracts that include three bridgework contracts (or contracts of similar complexity) completed within the last three years.

The company must have manufactured in-house at least 75% of the steelwork for each of the three contracts. The contracts must have required materials and workmanship to recognised bridgework Standards. At least one of the contracts must generally have required thick plate welding such as the butt welding of S355J2 plate in a thickness of at least 40 mm. The company’s track record and the company’s systems, existing facilities and employed personnel will be used to establish its capability.

All steelwork contractor companies applying for Bridgeworks registration are required to undergo a technical assessment (visit to their Works) – an assessment visit is required every three years. Capabilities are defined in terms of two primary criteria – Class and Category.

The Class gives guidance on the size of steelwork contract which the company has the financial and management resources to undertake. When calculating a company’s Classification value annual turnover, net asset value, references (supply and erect steelwork contracts) and public liability insurance are taken into account. If a project lasts longer than a year, the value is the proportion of the steelwork contract to be undertaken within a 12 month period. The Classification values attainable are shown below.

The Register categories its members by the type of bridgeworks steelwork that a company is assessed to undertake. Each applicant is independently assessed during a visit by reference to a range of competence criteria including technical and managerial. Companies can attain just one category, for one type of steelwork, or two or more.

The cost for being on the Bridgework’s register is by an annual registration fee. The cost will be dependent on the number of classes you apply for. Additionally BCSA Steelwork Contractor members receive a substantial discount on annual registration fees.

Contract value

  • 10 up to £40,000
  • 9 up to £100,000
  • 8 up to £200,000
  • 7 up to £400,000
  • 6 up to £800,000
  • 5 up to £1,400,000
  • 4 up to £2,000,000
  • 3 up to £3,000,000
  • 2 up to £4,000,000
  • 1 up to £6,000,000
  • 0 above £6,000,000

RQSC Categories

  • FB Footbridges
  • CF Complex footbridges
  • SG Sign gantries
  • PG Bridges made principally from plate girders
  • TW Bridges made principally from trusswork
  • BA Bridges with stiffened complex platework (eg in decks, box girders or arch boxes)
  • CM Cable-supported bridges (eg cable-stayed or suspension) and other major structures (eg 100 metre span)
  • MB Moving bridges
  • FRF Factory bridge refurbishment
  • SRF Onsite bridge refurbishment
  • AS Ancillary structures in steel associated with bridges, footbridges or sign gantries (eg grillages, purpose-made temporary works)

Contact us for further details on joining

Lorraine MacKinder

Membership Manager

RQSC Register

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