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Welcome to Murray Steel Buildings, the UK’s largest supplier of bespoke steel buildings. Our specialist team is always on hand to offer a simple and straightforward process with designing and ordering your completely customised, unique steel framed structure. Using state of the art software, developed by expert structural engineers; we can create and piece together your bespoke steel building in a timely fashion.

With years of experience, we have built close relationships with some of the UK’s leading and respected manufacturers. These close-knit connections mean we can keep construction costs low, which is why our prices are so competitive.

You can guarantee that all of the products we offer in our range will meet the highest quality standards possible. Whether you require a commercial structure, an agricultural structure, or something as simple as a double garage, our expert team are always on hand to assist you through the entire process of designing and constructing your perfect steel framed building.

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Why choose MSB for your Steel Frame Buildings?

Here at Murray Steel Buildings, we pride ourselves on our unbeatable customer service and construction quality standards.  We understand that the process of designing and constructing your perfect steel structure can seem challenging. Therefore, our specialist team will be with you every step of the way. Our dedicated team will provide you with the most cost-effective quotation within 24 hours after your enquiry, with the incorporation of the best quality components for your build.

Our metal buildings can be used effectively in many different industries and premises, from industrial locations to rural dwellings, automotive businesses and retail establishments. You name it, and we can create it.

At Murray Steel Buildings we can assist you with arranging everything from designing plans, supporting with the arrangement of planning permission and construction of the build. With over 15 years of experience in the steel frame building industry, we will advise you on the most effective and efficient way of achieving your ideal steel structure. We also offer partial supply and service only for customers who require certain, but not all aspects of their project, such as those who wish to self-build. We can also assist with the application for any needed finance if required. Our metal buildings have been tried and tested to withstand the brunt of the UK’s worst winter weather conditions. All of our designs are built to last!

What is the difference between hot rolled and cold rolled building?

Steel will continue to be the most efficient way to create industrial, commercial and agricultural structures for the foreseeable future.  However, there are two different types of steel which are used to manufacture the mainframes of these structures – hot rolled and cold rolled.

As the name suggests; the criteria that determine whether steel is hot rolled or cold rolled is the temperature it is rolled at: –

Hot rolling is carried out at a temperature of approx. 1,000 degrees Centigrade using a process which prevents the steel from hardening whilst it is being formed.  The exact finished tolerance of hot rolled steel will alter as it cools down to room temperature.

Cold rolling is carried out at room temperature, which means no cooling is necessary, so the tolerance of the steel does not alter and will not break as easily as hot rolled steel.  Although initially developed during the First World War, cold-rolled steel has only been used extensively for construction over the last 20 years, as its true versatility has been identified.

When is hot rolled steel used & when is cold rolled steel used?

The simple answer is that hot rolled steel tends to be used for larger clear span buildings, particularly when a building is used to store bulk material or where gantry cranes or other heavy equipment need to be attached to the building’s frame.  Hot rolled steel sections tend to be thicker and heavier than cold rolled steel thus the above can be achieved.  Until recently hot rolled steel was used for all portal frame steel buildings, however…

Cold rolled steel offers a high ‘strength to weight’ ratio whilst remaining lightweight and easy to handle, making it ideal for use in modern construction.

Cold rolled steel provides a more cost-effective solution for prefabricated steel buildings with spans of up to 22 metres with a maximum eaves height of approx. 7 metres.  Foundations for cold-rolled steel buildings are typically lighter than that of hot-rolled buildings due to the difference in frame weight. This can present benefits of building on bad ground.

Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) has seen great uptake within the construction industry. With its high strength to weight ratio, economic and sustainability benefits, it has been used widely in all aspects of construction from residential applications to schools, hotels and shops. This construction material has been the subject of significant research and development since the American Iron and steel institute developed the first specifications regarding it in the 1940s

In recent years there has been peaked interest in the use of cold-formed steel (CFS) as an alternative material to conventional hot-rolled steel (HRS) to form structures for the construction industry.  Within the construction industry there is a constant drive and demand to be more efficient and economical in regards to building designs, with this in mind there has been a concerted effort to investigate, explore and improve more traditional methods of building construction, particularly in steel buildings. Historically, when considering structural frame design for buildings, hot-rolled steel construction was the material of choice for engineers and builders alike. However, because of demand, particularly for small and medium-sized buildings, CFS members are being considered adequate if not preferred substitute to HRS.

With cold-formed steel framing being lightweight, extremely strong, non-combustible, and relatively easy to install, it has dominated the market for interior, non-loadbearing partition walls in commercial construction. Advancements in technological developments such as panelised systems, walls and roofs have enabled the building community to use CFS structural applications in both mid-rise and multi-housing buildings. Contractors, in particular, understand the advantage of using CFS sections to form their structural frames, walls and roofs, due to their weight, cost, and application benefits. Around the world researchers, design engineers, steel manufacturers and industry institutions are partnering to advance the use and development of CFS into the mainstream building construction industry. In fact, over fifty percent of all constructional steel used in the United Kingdom goes to form portal frames for single-storey buildings.

Murray Steel Buildings supply and erects a wide range of hot and cold rolled steel buildings throughout the UK.  Call us on 0330 094 8590 to discuss your particular requirements.

Do I need planning permission for my new steel building?

Murray Steel Buildings customers frequently ask whether they require planning permission for their proposed steel building.  To provide the best answer to this we must consider the following;

Murray Steel Buildings would always recommend that you consult with your authorities before commencing with any building project.  An initial meeting can provide confirmation on whether planning permission is required and, if so, an indication on the likelihood of planning permission being granted.  If you intend on meeting with your local authorities Murray Steel Buildings can provide drawings to assist with conversations, please speak to us about this.  The planning officer can advise on considerations to be taken into account for the location, this may include tree preservation orders, rights of way, flooding, etc.


Most planning departments allow you to submit a Pre-application for planning permission, in many cases, you will hear back within 2-3 weeks, this will provide you with feedback on whether planning permission would be granted.  The pre-application will also highlight any potential problems which provide you with the opportunity to address prior to your formal application.

An environmental statement may be requested with your application, your planning officer will be able to advise on whether this is necessary.

Permitted Development

Most buildings require planning permission however occasionally projects will fall under “Permitted development” where planning permission is not required.  Permitted developments can be granted where the intended use is agricultural, industrial and warehousing.  Again, your local authorities will provide advice on whether your proposed steel building can comply with permitted development.

Temporary Steel Buildings

The term ‘temporary building’ highlights a very ‘grey area’, strictly speaking, any building with the intended use of more than 28 days cannot be classed as a temporary building and should, therefore, require full planning permission.  That being said some buildings can be classed as temporary for up to seven years, this simply highlights the fact that you should always consult with your local authorities when attempting to class your proposed building as temporary.  When a temporary building creates any restrictions to access or where the intended location is within 5m of a boundary full planning permission would be required.

Planning Permission Timescales

Generally planning permission can take between 8-12 weeks to be granted however can take considerably longer where any complications arise.

Whilst we would recommend using either an architect or engineer to liaise with planning you can make a planning application online yourself – visit for more information.

Murray Steel Buildings allows you to place an order ‘subject to planning approval’, this will be subject to price increases. We can provide drawings and structural calculations and any advice if available.  If you would like to discuss further, please call us on 0330 094 8590.

What are the benefits of Steel Buildings?

Steel buildings are the number one choice for a range of commercial and industrial purposes. They offer a wide range of excellent benefits of which our team will gladly inform you. If you are unsure as to whether a Steel Building is the right choice for your project, you should consider some of the following advantages.

Cost-Effective Purchasing

With our free no obligation quote, our team can provide you with a personalised steel building price online, without the need for you to leave your home.  The number one advantage of steel building construction is the cost, compared to other methods, building with steel can save you much money. The process is so cost-effective that it enables you as the customer to have a completely bespoke building designed from scratch.

Shorter Construction Time

Steel buildings construction time is a lot quicker compared to alternative building methods. Our structures can be erected quickly and effectively utilising the best quality materials in the steel building industry. Due to our years of expert experience, we pride ourselves on our ability to produce reliable, quality services in the timeliest manner.


All of our steel framed buildings offer the most durable option, able to withstand the harshest of weather conditions and providing a long-lasting solution. Designed to stand up to high storms and winds, they are well suited to commercial, industrial and agricultural locations.

Professional Expert Advice

From the very beginning of your steel build construction process, our team of highly professional experts will be with you every step of the way. With every enquiry you make, our staff will ensure you receive expert advice and assistance at all times. We use high-tech software to design your steel framed structure from scratch so that each design is unique and tailored to suit you.  Our relationships with leading suppliers in the industry allow us to source the best quality products and deals for you. You can even use our freephone telephone number to call and chat with our advisors directly. Our team of expert advisers will be happy to help you with knowledgeable advice and offer the best choices for your project.

Popular Applications

Steel buildings and structures have a range of popular applications due to being immensely practical. Some of the industrial, commercial and residential applications include the following.

  • Workshops for both domestic and commercial premises.
  • Steel framed garages which are suitable for storing individual vehicles, valuable car collections or commercial vehicles.
  • Showrooms, ideal for showcasing products and notably more significant items.
  • Agricultural buildings for more massive equipment storage.
  • Storage units which can be used for self-storage businesses or to provide a range of general storage facilities for both commercial and personal purposes.
Conception to Construction

Conception to Construction

Our experienced steel erectors and contractors will help your project run as smoothly as possible, resulting in a professional finish to your building. There are excellent reasons to use our construction services as well as our design and supply services. Here at Murray Steel Buildings, we pride ourselves on the fact that our customers are only communicating with one company, ourselves. You can rest assured that our expert team will cut out the middle man for you, meaning you only have to contact us for any enquiries. This method saves you the time and hassle of dealing with multiple suppliers, designers and contractors throughout your building process. We are here for anything you need.

Professional Finish

You won’t beat our quality standards when constructing your build. While other companies may offer cheaper deals or lesser quality materials, we ensure our products have a professional finish every time. Safety and durability of our designs are paramount to us which is why we are so dedicated to what we do.

Easier Budget Management

Staying within your budget when designing a build from scratch can be quite tricky. When you receive multiple quotes from various suppliers and contractors, it is easy to lose track of the cost of services. Having all services provided through Murray Steel Buildings means you receive one quote which covers the entire cost of your project, with no hidden fees.

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Murray House
13 Abbey Park Place
Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7PT

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