Galvanizing process helps protect Helensburgh seafront leisure centre from the elements

A galvanizing business has helped to ensure a new leisure centre in Helensburgh will withstand the elements.

Main contractor Heron Bros Ltd commissioned Walter Watson to create the structure of the large building, which boasts a swimming pool and gym. The framework was created using steel, but due to its seafront location, assistance was sought from Scottish Galvanizers to ensure the components would be protected against rust and corrosion for years to come. 

The steel was fabricated in sections – some up to 11.6m-long – before being sent to Scottish Galvanizers to be hot-dipped in its molten zinc galvanizing bath. Scottish Galvanizers said that, as no other coating process has the ability to cover all areas of the steel and without the need for regular maintenance, galvanizing offers the ‘greatest resistance’ to damage and corrosion.

Trevor Irvine, general manager of the structural division at Walter Watson, said, “This was an extremely exciting project, and a facility we hope will be enjoyed by the local community for many years. To ensure this, we wanted to guarantee that the steel framework would be protected from the elements and called on our long-standing partners, Scottish Galvanizers, to assist.”

Paul Tait, sales manager at Scottish Galvanizers, added, “It’s been a great pleasure to be involved and play a part in this project. We’re sure the leisure centre will be enjoyed by many people within the local community for years to come – and, thanks to the galvanizing process, it’s fit for purpose.”