The company was formed in 1986 by privatisation during a severe recession in the steel industry. Its business is entirely based on scrap steel. The industrial use of the site started in the 19th century, is 3.3 km by 0.4 km and dominates the valley where it is located.
Pollution abatement measures have resulted in reduction in atmospheric and river pollution going beyond statutory requirements, and have led to significant savings of energy Some 100, 000 trees will have been planted by 1991 and wild flower meadows created in the grounds, encouraging the return of wildlife, especially birds. The company has provided amenities for local residents, including a public footpath with viewing and information points to link the grounds with other public and private woodlands.
The concept of joint responsibility for the environment has now spread beyond the company’s site, with joint participation (local authority, the company and the Countryside Commission) in environmental improvements in the town of Stocksbridge. The project was awarded the European Commission 1991 European Better Environment Award.
Landscape Infrastructure Enhancement Project
Stocksbridge Engineering Steels