Concept Development

SCX Special Projects’ passion, expertise and solution-focused approach to concept development can help you to understand the risks, optimise the efficiencies and realise the possibilities of a project, in order to turn your mechanical handling and moving structure challenges into solutions.

20 Tonne self-levelling mirror segment lifting crane and movable curved gantry

Rendering of a 20 Tonne self-levelling mirror segment lifting crane and movable curved gantry


SCX Special Projects develops concepts to solve even the most complex of handling problems, analysing the costs, benefits and manufacturing practicality of ideas, whether as part of an overall solution or a stand-alone study.

Our unique insight and ingenuity, as well as the ability to minimise risk by applying tried and trusted principles and techniques, enables us to develop innovative solutions across a wide range of industries, including:


Unlike off-the-shelf products, for which specifications are readily available at point of enquiry, bespoke engineering solutions are often perceived as ‘unproven technology’ by key decision makers, and therefore riskier. But innovative handling solutions don’t come off-the-shelf, so if you need something out of the ordinary, a unique solution or simply a fresh look at an old problem, we are able to provide:

  • 3D design concepts
  • System animations
  • Peer reviews
  • Structural, mechanical and electrical designs
  • Cost implications/budgets
  • Programmes, plans and schedules
  • Technical feasibility studies, including:
    • Optioneering reports
    • Preliminary FMEA
    • Scoping calculations
    • Mechanical sequence diagrams
    • Design justification reports
    • Functional design specifications
    • Sequence and interlocks definition documents
    • 3D models
    • FEA studies
    • Seismic analysis

SCX Special Projects is then able to deliver an overarching, phased approach to your project, thanks to our advanced design, manufacturing, testing and installation capabilities. This unrivalled ability to provide a turnkey approach to your project from concept to commissioning and beyond, ensures a high level of control, understanding and consistency throughout every stage.


Prior to the final decision to install any new equipment, SCX Special Projects has the facilities and capabilities to produce prototypes of bespoke handling designs, thereby providing a real-world simulation that can offer a greater understanding of the operational demands that will be placed on the finished equipment. This also allows for any final adjustments to be made to the design, should they be required, in order to optimise the final solution prior to its creation

Manufacture and Installation

Our extensive in-house fabrication, assembly and test facilities allow for an extremely high level of control throughout the manufacturing process, in terms of both project consistency and client involvement.

Whatever your handling problem, SCX Special Projects can create a solution to perfectly meet your requirements. Get in touch today to find out how our concept development capabilities can help progress your project.

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SCX Special Projects Ltd

Roman Ridge Road, Sheffield, S9 1GA, United Kingdom

t:  +44 (0)114 262 6199