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Who We Are

We are a Brisbane based steel sub-contractor, specialising in structural steel and metalwork fabrication. Operating since 1968, we service clients in the building, mining, and construction industries throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland. We have the skills and capabilities to complete a wide variety of projects across multiple industry sectors.

Industry Sectors we Serve

  • Residential
  • Education
  • Health
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Mining
  • Landscaping
  • Architectural Structures
  • Aged Care & Retirement
  • Fit-out & Refurbishments
  • Heritage Buildings

Our Point of Difference

At Watkins Steel, we combine the latest 3D technology with advanced robotics to produce a variety of steel structures with unparalleled accuracy. Specializing in small structural steel, metalwork, urban artscapes, architectural structures, and refurbishment jobs, we have the experience and technological capabilities to provide first class steel products and services in a timely manner. Our range of services also include steel detailing and 3D laser scanning.

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Our Award Winning Four Step Process

At Watkins Steel, we have created and developed a unique end-to-end digital workflow for steel fabrication and installation known as the “Watkins Steel Four Step Process”. While some steel fabricators have embedded one or two of these steps into their operations, we are the only steel fabrication company in Brisbane that has linked and developed the four step process between each element of steel manufacturing and installation. With the “Watkins Steel Four Step Process”, we can now complete a range of projects with near 100% accuracy on every job – the first time.


Major Projects

From residential unit developments through to refurbishment jobs, we do it all! To get an idea of the type of work we can do, have a look at some of the projects we’ve completed over the years.

Our goal as a steel sub-contractor is to deliver the best project results by continually innovating our processes, investing in the skills development of our people, and communicating openly with our clients.

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I have been fortunate to have the team at Watkins Steel supply and erect structural steel works for me since 1991 and in this time have seen the company grow, evolve, expand and change, all for the better. I do not see your team as just another contractor working for RDM Projects but as an integral member of our team. Knowing Des Watkins and Tony Dickinson for over 25 years,  I consider them both as good friends.

Watkins Steel are doing amazing stuff and achieving real world outcomes, which have redefined their business. By far one of the finest corporate applications of immersive tech that I’ve see. A real game changer – which has massive implications and potential for the traditional building & manufacturing industries!

“Watkins Steel’s state of the art expertise and construction savvy approach to providing millimetre perfect production of the arbour ensured that an extremely complex and high risk installation was completed seamlessly, efficiently and with the highest consideration of safety to all personnel involved. The site based verification of physical obstacles and constraints paired with their software allowed conflict analysis and design vetting to occur virtually in the office. As the client we were afforded hands on opportunities to partake in this process ensuring that the finished product was exactly as it was envisioned. The Watkins steel team provided great service throughout the entire project and I was extremely confident with the outcome throughout its fabrication and construction thanks to their professional and collaborative approach.”

“Watkins Steel were recently engaged by Naturform to complete the structural steel package including covered walkway and deck at our high profile ‘Terraces’ project at All Hallows’ School. Watkins performed extremely well to a tight construction program and delivered a quality, on-time product. Their staff were knowledgeable, pro-active and helpful in overcoming design challenges encountered during the works. I would have no hesitation in recommending Watkins Steel for similar projects moving forward.”

“Myself and the team were very impressed with the performance of Watkins on the QUT Project – this has been noted around our office & QUT. Nothing was a problem for Tim and always delivered as promised. Look forward to working with you all on future projects.”

“Very happy with the Des Watkins and Tim O’Sullivan at Watkins Steel. All we engaged them for was the usual structural steel contract, but what we got was full 3D imaging site survey with proposed new elements overlaid, which identified conflicts in site conditions ahead of time. Good work boys.”

“The Watkins drafting team were invaluable contributors on this project as they were able to foresee the majority of construction issues when designing and detailing the steel-work required for this job. By working with Watkins Steel to get the design right in the early stages, we achieved a stellar outcome with all our structural steel and metalwork components.”

“Working with Watkins Steel, I could be rest assured knowing that all structural steel would be delivered and installed within the construction time-frame. Watkins Steel have always exceeded my expectations and are always proactive in design issues and problem solving to ensure the desired outcome is achieved. I would definitely recommend Watkins Steel in the future because I know they have the best people to take care of the job.”

“The last steel I ordered for the threshold at Eagle Farm worked excellent mate, came up really well!!”

“Winners are Grinners!! Thank you all for helping us achieve what is arguably the best Harley-Davidson Dealership in Australia. I fly out to Nashville tomorrow for the World Wide Dealer Meeting, our Dealership will be showcased to every Dealer in the world. Who knows… might pick up an award!”