Our Modern Methods of Construction team have been designing using light gauge steel for more than 15 years, both as part of their cladding support work (SFS infill) and as full load bearing elements. QED Structures experience spans across the globe, including in the US, across Africa and the Middle East, India, Europe and Australasia. Our experience in the UK includes 240 unit apartment schemes, including 10 storey blocks made primarily of light gauge steel.


We work in all sectors, particularly in the fastest growing sector of affordable housing where we have been able to provide efficient solutions to clients.

Why choose Light Gauge Steel construction?




  • Prefabricated sticks, panels or volumetric modules lead to less waste and accurate builds.
  • Less time on site.
  • Frame goes up regardless of the weather and so a watertight structure is achieved much quicker.
  • Less skilled labour required than traditional forms of construction.
  • Sustainable – less waste, less deliveries of materials and recyclable.
  • Compatible with the BIM environment
  • Lighter structure – makes it ideal for roof top extensions.
  •  Versatile cladding options.
  • Non-combustible

What to consider…




  • The elements are usually cut to the exact size designed for – site adjustment is difficult.
  • This system is most efficient where load bearing walls stack, such that not too much traditional structural steel (HRS) is required.
  • There are span limitations similar to timber joists.
  • The light gauge steel should be raised above ground level on concrete blocks or RC upstands.



If you would like to know more about Light Gauge Steel frames or have a project where QED Structures can assist, please contact our main Hove office.

Light Gauge Steel Frame Collaborators:

IDES Global