News: Award of Kitemark confirms quality of Hargreaves Foundry Halifax System

22 January 2019

Hargreaves Foundry have been awarded the BSI Kitemark for their Halifax Soil and Drain system. They have held a BBA certificate for the same system since 2006. 

Cast iron pipes and fittings kitemark logo

The Halifax system is Hargreaves’ BS EN 877 cast iron, mechanically jointed above and below ground soil and drain system.


This is an assurance that samples are regularly subjected to rigorous, independent testing to ensure that they comply with stringent standards for safety, product performance, and reliability. In addition, the Kitemark also means that the quality systems of the factory where Halifax Soil and Drain is made are systematically assessed. The Kitemark is therefore Hargreaves Foundry Drainage commitment towards maintaining the highest possible standards.


Being cast iron means the products have the highest fire resistance rating possible within BS EN 877 as confirmed by BRE Global in June 2018. The acoustic performance is also better than other materials and was tested independently in 2017 by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Stuttgart for both airborne noise and structure borne noise. The system is finished both internally and externally with 2-pack epoxy paint and approved in 2018 by CASTCO, an external testing organisation. All Halifax above and below ground products are CE marked.


Michael Hinchliffe, Managing Director said, “Having the Kitemark confirms to our customers that they can have complete confidence in our Halifax products, above and below ground, and that they conform fully with the standard. This means that they are fit for any project specifying BS EN 877 soil or drain.”


Gary Zumeris, Technical Sales Manager for Hargreaves added “Hargreaves have stockists for the system in the Greater London area. We carry over £2.8M of stock at our base in Halifax , West Yorkshire and we offer a next day despatch service via merchants or direct to site. We can also provide a comprehensive technical support service that includes on-site visits, advice, quotes and take-offs.”
Cast iron is a sustainable material that can be fully recycled without any loss of its original properties and will last the life of a building. There is a well-established infrastructure for the recycling of scrap iron which means that cast iron products need never end up in landfill.