Steel is created by combining iron and carbon and other elements – and it first rose in popularity during the Industrial Revolution. Since then, it’s never looked back. Steel’s unique properties makes it perfect for the construction of some of our most iconic buildings.

As you probably know, iron has been around for centuries. However, you may be surprised to learn that steel was first used in construction during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century.

New strides in manufacturing steel meant that this miracle metal was suddenly ready and available. Its natural formability, durability, strength and conductivity made it the perfect building material.

Discover the history of steel and how it helped build our nation in the video below.