The History of TSP Engineering


The History of TSP Engineering


The history of the Iron and Steel industry in Workington can be traced back to the 1800s, but significant events started in 1941 when The United Steel Companies Limited bought the 43 acre Chapel Bank site on which the present works were built as a war-time Ministry of Supply factory. Chiefly for security the factory was called ‘Distington Hematite Iron Company’.

It had a large steel melting shop with electric furnaces, an extensive machine shop, and other buildings on nearby sites.

In 1945 United Steel bought the Chapel Bank factory from the Ministry and equipped it to make mining machinery, mine cars and ingot moulds, and changed its name to ‘Distington Engineering Company Limited’.

The entrance to the site when it first opened as Chapel Bank
One of the buildings in which TSP Engineering now operates from
The car park which TSP Engineering employees now use

Following that, products included road graders, turret punch presses and iron and steelworks equipment.  Casting large tonnages of ingot moulds, bottom plates, slag ladles, and engineering castings.

In 1957, Chapel Bank opened a fabrication shop and a materials preparation shop was built, along with the acquirement of the ‘Drybread’ facility.

In 1966 the company bought Ogden & Lawson Limited, specialising in the production of non-ferrous castings for the steel industry.

In 1978 the Continuous Casting Servicing Department (CCSD) opened to reduce turn-around times on bloom and slab moulds and top zones.

Over subsequent decades, the business was owned by a number of companies, including British Steel, Corus, Tata Steel.  In June 2016, we became part of a group of companies which were invested in by Greybull Capital LLP and in June 2017, TSP Engineering became a wholly owned independent subsidiary of British Steel.

The old workshop and factory


About TSP Engineering Ltd

TSP Engineering delivers high quality, innovative bespoke solutions. As a total solution provider we offer a full range of services including project management, design, manufacture, refurbishment and in-house testing facilities.

Located on Britain’s Energy Coast we employ over 210 people and operate from one of the largest and most comprehensively equipped workshops in the UK. With our years of engineering and manufacturing experience we guarantee to deliver exacting standards of quality and excellent levels of service.

We offer fabrication, machining, fitting, assembly and testing facilities, with a floor capacity of 19,200m2, two five-meter deep manufacturing pits and a lifting capacity of 130 tonnes.

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TSP Engineering Ltd
Curwen Road
Derwent Howe
Cumbria, CA14 3YX

Tel: (01900) 68000