About Steelhoard Site Hoarding System

Steelhoard is since 1997 the most sustainable site hoarding system ever supplied

Steelhoard Ltd are innovators and designers of site safety and security equipment, we are regarded as leaders in our field, with over 30 year’s experience in working with the Health & Safety Executive and other UK leading safety organizations. Innovation is at the forefront of our ethos and our aim is to raise the levels of site safety and security and at the same time reduce costs so that the new products will be readily accepted and used within the industry.

Temporary site enclosure

Steelhoard have been involved with the temporary site enclosure market since 1986. Since then our designers have been responsible for almost all the innovation and improvements in the temporary mesh fencing market to date (See Innovations page).

In 1997 they were the first company to replace timbers with steel to form a re-usable hoarding system that would provide many years of service. 

In 2020 Steelhoard is integrated with Heras Mobile Fencing & Security. Herewith the level of service is improved. As both companies strive for maximum service and customer care for temporary perimeter protection.

Now in our 23nd year of Steelhoard our clients are still re using equipment supplied back in 1997 making Steelhoard the most sustainable hoarding system ever supplied.


About the innovator of Steelhoard - Mark Bowman

The Steelhoard site hoarding system Mark designed in 1996 is the most sustainable hoarding system ever produced having a design life of 25 years and capable of at least 10 re uses, the costs are fractional compared to traditional methods such as timber or metal panels.

In 2011 Mark designed a scaffold erection system that would eliminate injury and fatalities from falling. The system creates a pre-installed safe zone (complete with debris-guard and toe board) from the lift below and fully complies with the working at height regulations 2005 and is now seen as best practise by the HSE, NASC and the Scaffold Association (This used to be the scaffold step but due it not falling within HSE Working at Heights Regulations hierarchy of control and the step leading to corner cutting by scaffolders these should only be used as a last resort).

Mark: "As a designer and inventor, I am constantly looking at improving the way we approach health and safety issues, by producing systems that are not only safer, but make life easier for the people that have to use them, which in turn means the operatives embrace them." By taking this approach and ensuring the products are the most cost effective, then the systems become standard practice which in turn will be rewarded with improved safety, efficiency and profits.

Why we believe in Steelhoarding vs Wooden site hoarding

The Steelhoard concept started in the 1990’s and spawned from the ever-increasing need for more eco-friendly practices in the construction industry. Our engineers were the first to realise that single use timber site hoardings were not only expensive but would result in the materials ending up in landfill.
After 2 years of research and testing various materials including recycled plastics they concluded that the most suitable material for a sustainable re-useable hoarding was box profile steel sheeting rolled from heavy-duty gauge pre-galvanised coil. Once the hoarding infill material had been chosen an innovative way of assembling the components had to be devised without the need for drilling, riveting or screwing them together. This would allow the system to be rapidly installed and dismantled without damaging the components in the process and by using pre-coloured sheets it meant no secondary painting would be required after installation.

Re-usable hoarding

From 1996 we have supplied Steelhoard to site as a kit made up from simple but heavy-duty components. A framework is erected either in ground or surface mounted using ballast blocks. The sheets are inserted between a top and bottom inwardly facing channels. Once the sheets are in position and overlapping on the joints, the top channel is lowered tightening onto the sheets and preventing them from being removed. When the product is dismantled the reverse operation is performed and the materials stacked ready to be moved to the next site or taken to a depot for storage.

The advantages of a component type system are;

1.The component weights all fall within the manual lifting guidelines.
2.The components stacking on pallets is very compact and means storage and transport costs are lower making it ideal for hire companies.
3. No drilling, screwing or riveting is required so components are rapidly installed and dismantled.
4.All parts are galvanised, and the infill sheets powder coated over to offer even more protection.
5.Specification can be changed to accommodate the client’s requirements in terms of height of sheets, mesh extensions, barbed wire toppings without changing basic parts.
6.The system can be installed in the ground in sockets or erected using ballast blocks on the surface where ground penetration is not permissible or suitable.
7.Infill sheets can be re powder coated in line with corporate requirements.
8.Any damages are limited to a single component.
9.Vehicle and pedestrian gates can be installed at any point along the system.
10.A wide range of brackets means the system can accommodate all types of undulating terrain.
11.When installed in the ground the post centres can be varied to avoid underground services.

The proof is in the pudding

This Steelhoard system has now been used for 23 years throughout the UK, Middle East and North America and has been subject to the harshest conditions including, hurricanes and twisters in North America, Shamal’s in the Persian gulf and the powerful Mistral in southern France. No other temporary system can withstand these conditions and the products strength is a credit to our design team, material specification and long experience in temporary structures.

We continue to research and improve our product and can guarantee that the Steelhoard system will always out perform any other product available in terms of lifespan, strength or value for money.