News: A "Grand Day Out" for Hargreaves Foundry

25 April 2014

Nearly two years ago Hargreaves Foundry were working flat out making 396 cast iron columns for One Pancras Square, a signature building at Kings Cross London, for award winning architects David Chipperfield and Argent LLP property developers. At the time Hargreaves’ Managing Director Michael Hinchliffe promised that when the building was finished the foundry would take a trip to London to view their handiwork.

So that’s exactly what they did. But never ones to waste an opportunity they decided to combine their visit with a visit to of one of their most prestigious customers, Sir Antony Gormley, whose studios are also in the King Cross area.

It was also an opportunity to celebrate Hargreaves Foundry being included as one of a ‘Thousand Companies to inspire Britain’ in a report published by the London Stock Exchange that identified the most exciting small and medium sized enterprises in the country.

Twenty six staff set off from Halifax station bound for Kings Cross with the first stop of the day at Sir Antony Gormley’s studio. Antony welcomed everyone and proceeded to explain how new technologies and tools, such as 3D imaging software, now enable him to re-imagine ways of expressing the human form. This in turn can give rise to greater challenges not just for the imagination, but also for production. Antony said he looked forward to meeting these new challenges with Hargreaves Foundry.

Next was a visit to One Pancras Square. Phil Sullivan Senior Project Director for Argent Estates, the developers of the Kings Cross project, took time out to talk to staff about the project, the largest area of urban development in Europe that covers a 67 acre site. He then explained how pleased they were to see a building using cast iron as part of the development, reflecting Kings Cross Victorian heritage, and also cast iron columns that were hand made in Britain.

Michael Hinchliffe thanked Argent for showing everyone around explaining that “It isn’t very often we get the opportunity to see our castings after they have left the foundry, so it has been a real pleasure to see all 396 columns on such a prestigious building in such a high profile location.”

One Pancras Square

Sir Antony discussing his work

Staff from Hargreaves and Argent LLP on a second floor balcony of One Pancras Square