News: Hargreaves are specialising in contracts

01 August 2014

With over 3000 rainwater, soil and drainage products in the published trade price list Hargreaves Drainage have the widest offering of cast iron in the UK construction industry but if you can't find what you need, they can make it for you.

Hargreaves Drainage is based in Halifax on the same site as sister company Hargreaves Foundry; the shared facilities comprise of a pattern making shop, foundry and fabrication facilities with a 55,000 sq. ft. distribution centre, carrying over £2m stock at any given time. The product knowledge and manufacturing skills of the two companies are combined to offer a bespoke castings service, providing custom solutions for specialist cast iron drainage contracts.

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It is important that drainage systems fit the specific requirements of individual buildings. Hargreaves has created unique drainage castings for many prestigious projects such as Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Princethorpe College in Rugby; and the historic Iona church in New Zealand.

Princethorpe College, Rugby

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Bespoke castings are often used in the conservation of rainwater and soil systems on heritage or listed properties; Hargreaves can work with an existing sample casting which may be hundreds of years old. Reproduction castings can be created which retain the aesthetic appeal of traditional architecture whilst restoring the functionality of the system.

Pattern for bespoke pipe socket for RMA Sandhurst

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The design capabilities of cast iron and the experience of the craftsmen at Hargreaves means bespoke castings can also be created with new and exciting designs. Technical drawings can be used to produce pattern equipment to manufacture new commissions such as convex or concave gutters made to a specific radius to fit a curved building.

Stratford Library, University of East London

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Hargreaves have experienced a 22% increase in demand for bespoke cast iron rainwater, soil and drainage products since 2012 and have gained a reputation as the industry experts for supply of made to order cast iron products. Standard products can also be customised to include embellishments such as dates on ornamental hopper heads.

Richard Threlfall, Partner and UK Head, Infrastructure, Building and Construction at KPMG LLP recently updated a rainwater system with a combination of standard products and bespoke castings made by Hargreaves Drainage. He was so pleased with the products and service that he took the time to write, "I completed fitting the gutters and downpipes... and wanted to say thank you for all your help. The result is exactly as I wanted. The quality of the castings is outstanding ([We] were astonished at the weight). Everything has fitted together perfectly. We will be entering the property for a Civic Society Award later this year and will make a point of mentioning your craftsmanship in matching (arguably bettering) the originals."