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Bar Bending & Cutting

We at Cotswold Steel specialise in offering accurate and flawless bar bending and cutting services tailored to meet the requirements of your project. 

With over 40 years of experience within the steel industry, we have been proudly serving businesses and properties across the South West. Whether a project requires reinforced steel to the British Standard 8666, or you’re looking for something a little different, we are happy to take on any challenge.

The Bar Bending & Cutting Process

Bar bending and cutting is a common practice for groundwork steel  that is often required for wider construction projects. The process is fairly simple but requires a lot of attention and knowledge to ensure that the material is dealt with correctly. Measurements, shape codes and quantities are taken from a bar bending schedule produced by a structural engineer.

Material Selection

If you would like to see an example of the schedules we work off then click the button below!

The main material that is utilised in bar bending and cutting is steel rebar. This material comes in a variety of different diameters, grades and sizes. At Cotswold Steel we stock the following rebar steel bars:

  • H10
  • H12
  • H16
  • H20
  • H25

The higher the number, the larger the  diameter in mm. Before you begin your project, it’s important to note the exact diameter of rebar you need to help reinforce your concrete structure. We can take this off the schedule provided by your structural engineer.

Example Bar Bending Schedule

This image shows an example of a bar bending schedule that you might receive from a structural engineer when undertaking ground work. 

It lists in order the bar size, quantity (per plot and total), Total length, Shape code and listed bend diameters. This gives us all the information that we need in order to provide you with a quote and the final material! 

If you would like to better understand the shape codes then please click here to see a Shape Code Chart. This shows the codes and an example of the shapes that should be achieved. 

One of the most common types of cut and bent arrangements we asked for are Reinforcing Cages. You can find out more about these below

Cage Material
& Prefab Rebar Cages

Pictured to the right is an example of the type of bends required to create a reinforcing cage. These items are used to reinforce deeper areas of concrete, especially around the edges of the desired area. 

They are made up of long lengths of bar tied together with rectangular shaped pieces of rebar. These can be received loose and tied together onsite using tying wire or 8″ bag ties (both of which we can provide). Alternatively they can be supplied prefabricated (welded together) in order to reduce work onsite. Whilst this increases the cost and lead time, it does mean that the cages can simply be lifted from our vehicles and dropped straight into the foundation area with minimal tying. 

Whether you require prefab or loose supply cages we can easily assist with this upon the submission of a bending schedule and RC drawing arrangement.

Click the button below to get a free no obligation quote! 


Before any cutting is considered, accurate measurements are taken from the schedule provided by your structural engineer.

Once marked, the metal bars are cut to the required lengths using our in house rebar cropper. This step ensures that the bars are tailored to the dimensions of the project.


Using a spiral rebar bender, the metal is then bent into the required angle and shape for the project. 

This is denoted in the schedule provided so we know how many and of what shape to bend.

Why Cotswold Steel

At Cotswold Steel, our team of professionals Possess the skill and proficiency to bend your bars effortlessly, regardless of the complexity, while sticking  to your project’s specifications.

To ensure that we provide the best service possible for our clients, we will work from any bar bending schedule that is provided to us. With this in mind, we can produce a wide range of bar shapes including but not limited to

• L bars  • U bars  • Z bars  • Links

Our state-of-the-art tooling, techniques, and machinery guarantee the delivery of high-quality products, ensuring a seamless integration into your project without any complications.

Get in Touch

Our team of experts is on hand to answer any of your queries and give you advice on projects requiring bar bending and cutting. 

If you have a schedule for reinforcement required for your project, please don’t hesitate to send off a request for a quote to our helpful team. Simply click the link below to get in touch.

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