ICC Wales, Celtic Manor
Pro Steel Engineering was commissioned to create an iconic steel dragon for the new ICC (International Convention Centre) Wales.
Located at Celtic Manor, the £84m conference facility has a capacity of 5,000 and includes an auditorium for 1,500 people, split over two levels, and 15 meeting rooms. The building overlooks the M4 in Newport and warranted an iconic sculpture.
It needed 22 tonnes of steel plate and section, took eight months from start to finish, 1,700 fabrication hours, 850 litres of paint and four weeks on site to erect it.
A spokesman for Pro Steel said: “We had a range of employees working on the project, including fabricators, welders, painters and erectors. Our apprentices and trainees were involved in every step of the process including design, manufacturing and installation.
“Tata Steel did the initial design and Pro Steel completed the design through retained designers but worked closely with the Tata designer throughout.”