News: Hargreaves Foundry casts a firm future with £1m+ contract win

21 September 2012

Hargreaves Foundry has won a major contract valued at over £1m to create and cast a total of 396 cast iron columns for a new office building at King's Cross, in central London.

Image courtesy of David Chipperfield ArchitectsThe Halifax based manufacturer is thought to be the only foundry in the country capable of undertaking this vast contract. The project will provide a year’s work for the foundry and will create seven new jobs at this 130 year old company.

The use of cast iron on Building B2, in Pancras Square, at the gateway to the King’s Cross development and between the two major stations St Pancras International and King’s Cross Station, demonstrates that this metal is suitable for both heritage and contemporary projects. Cast iron is a sustainable product that’s 100% recyclable.

Hargreaves Foundry was established before 1881, in Halifax, Yorkshire, and today employs a staff of 72. The iron founders have supplied castings to the engineering and construction industries for approximately 130 years. Hargreaves Foundry has retained specialist pattern making and foundry skills and is now just one of a handful still operating in the UK. It is also well known as a manufacturer of cast iron drainage products and there is a sister company, Hargreaves Lock Gates.

About King’s Cross

King's Cross is flourishing - after four years of construction across the 67-acre development the first premises opened in September 2011; around a third of the 8 million sq ft is already ‘spoken for’.

In total, the King's Cross Central Limited Partnership project is delivering over 1,900 new homes, 3.4m sq ft net of office space and 500,000 sq ft of retail space. There will be 20 new streets, 10 major public spaces and 20 historic buildings and structures are being restored and refurbished across the site.

Last month Granary Square, a new public square for London, opened in front of the Granary Complex, with steps leading down to the Regent’s Canal.

Building B2 is a grade A office building designed by David Chipperfield Architects. It comprises 56,415 sq ft of offices, set over eight upper floors. It is prominently located next to the German Gymnasium, on King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square, between the two stations King’s Cross and St Pancras International. The target completion date of the building is late 2013.

Hargreaves recently appeared on Look North discussing this project: Hargreaves Foundry Look North News.