Sweeping handrail for Watson, Bertram & Fell

Posting some pictures of a lovely curved handrail that we made for a farmhouse near Swainswick for Bath Architects Watson, Bertram & Fell and builders Donovan Construction.  A simple, elegant design made by James and Jason here in the Ironart workshops in Larkhall earlier in the year and fitted on site in several visits by Andy, Martin and Jason.

The bespoke timber for the handrail was supplied by Staffordshire based timber specialists Clive Durose. The finished stair rail has a really satisfying, intrinsic beauty, and the feedback we received from them put a big smile on our faces too… “We were very impressed with the quality of the metalwork, as was our fitter”

If you have a similar staircase project in mind and would like some advice, please give us a call because we’d love to help.

 

Some unusual balustrading

Here are some recent pics of some balustrading we made and installed on a contemporary house in Saltford near Bristol last year. The house was being completely renovated and needed something in keeping for the front steps. Andy wasn’t the least bit constrained by the architecture of this interesting house, and his inspiration for this design was taken from a Scandinavian style wooden interior balustrade. Highly unusual and highly effective!

Revisiting a lovely staircase

This weekend I revisited a project we completed a few years ago now, and had the opportunity to take some photos. This beautiful stair balustrade which incorporates cast panels was made for a Georgian family home on the edge of Bath. The wooden handrail has yet to be installed. Nice work!

 

 

 

 

Ironart for Ashford Homes, Holburne Place, Bath

We are nearing completion of a sizeable commission for our client Ashford Homes in Bath. Ashford Homes are building a prestigious terrace of new town houses in the centre of Bath on Henrietta Street. Follow THIS LINK to their website.

The whole team here at Ironart have been involved with this project which was needed on a really short lead time. We made eight wrought iron balconettes with lead cast detailing in the style of Herschel House, the neighbouring property, automated gates and a 40m run of individually leaded-in Bath finial railings to the front and the side of the building which are as yet unpainted. (Ironart made all the architectural metalwork for Herschel House in 2008).

Artists impression of the Ashford Homes development on Bathwick Street, Bath

Artists impression of the Ashford Homes development on Bathwick Street, Bath

Bathwick Street balconettes for Ashford Homes, Bath

Bathwick Street balconettes for Ashford Homes, Bath

Balconettes on Bathwick Street, Bath.

Balconettes on Bathwick Street, Bath.

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A porch with a lead roof – Charlcombe, Bath

Porches can make all the difference to the entrance of a house, beautifully illustrated by the ‘before and after’ photos posted here. We have made heaps and heaps of these canopy/porch structures over the years, many of which can be seen here on our website.  Follow this link to take you there.

If you think your house would benefit from a porch or canopy over the entrance, and want something that will stand the test of time and make you smile every time you look at it, give us a call or email us for more info.

Charlcombe porch before

Porch with lead canopy, Bath

Porch with lead canopy, Bath

 

A canopy for Simon Morray-Jones Architects

We created a beautiful canopy for an historic private property near Lacock, this time for local architects Simon Morray-Jones, Bath. The canopy incorporated some large  reclaimed cast iron decorative columns, mild steel, wood and glass. If you are interested in commissioning a canopy for your property, please get in touch.

Canopy 4 Canopy 3 Canopy 2 Canopy 1

 

SIMON MORRAY-JONES,  CHARTERED ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS,  21 MILSOM STREET, BATH, BA1 1DE
TEL: 01225 787900 FAX: 01225 787901   email: neil.etheridge@sm-j.com
www.sm-j.com

 

External staircase at the Yorke Arms, near Harrogate

Another commission from the backlog of images we’re working through, is this external staircase at The Yorke Arms – a Michelin starred restaurant with rooms – near Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Bill and Frances Atkins who own the Yorke Arms needed a simple, practical yet elegant solution for a fire escape  at the back of their business. The metal fire escape staircase features cast iron tread plates and scroll ends and does just what it says on the tin! Not the most earth-shatteringly exciting project we’ve ever done, but the Yorke Arms is an absolutely amazing place and we highly recommend a visit if you are ever in that part of Yorkshire. Frances Atkins is a Michelin starred chef and the food at the Yorke Arms is sublime.

 

The external staircase at the Yorke Arms, Harrogate

The external staircase at the Yorke Arms, Harrogate

 

 

The Oak Leaf balustrade

We were recently commissioned to make up a sample panel for a bespoke balustrade. The design is based on hand forged oak leaves. We have yet to make the balustrade, but thought it would be fun to show you what the guys came up with.

Oak leaf balustrade detail

Oak leaf balustrade detail

In the workshop today…

The Ironart workshop has been humming to the tune of gas forges, grinders, sanders, drills, punches and lathes…. all to the pulsing back-beat of the power hammer! The whole place is a hive of heat, creativity and energy – most of which is being poured into two sets of gates on the go at the moment.

Here are some images of Jason hard at work on the gas forge realising a set of impressive gates for a private customer in Kent. Enjoy!

 

In the workshop today…

Jason has been working on a handrail this week. Each upright  has barley twists in the design so he was carefully heating and twisting the bars on his bench to achieve a uniform number of turns in each length. Here are some pics of him in action.

Jason localising the heat on the bar using an oxypropane torch

Heating the bar with an oxypropane torch

Heating the bar with an oxypropane torch

Using a twisting bar at the end of the heat

Using a twisting bar at the end of the heat

Putting the barley twists into the heated bar

Putting the barley twists into the heated bar

Quenching areas to ensure a uniform twist

Quenching areas to ensure a uniform twist

Surface oxidising scale on the barley twists

Surface oxidising scale on the barley twists

Jason checking for twists and straightness

Jason checking for twists and straightness