Ironmongery: Where art meets function in construction

The tactile nature of ironmongery is what gives it uniqueness in a build. The increased awareness surrounding the tangible properties of every-day items from smartphones to steering wheels brings a whole new set of considerations into play when it comes to the ‘hands-on’ parts of any home. Factors such as ergonomics, combined with the use of a wide range of materials and extravagant designs have opened up a wider range of options to a larger group of consumers than ever before.

Many of us, at some stage or another, will have experienced a sense of nostalgia upon encountering a familiar door knob, knocker or handle, which we may associate with any number of emotions, memories, or even people. The same can be said for the visual and
aural experience that ironmongery items offer, from a decorative design that sets a hall door apart in a sea of similarity, to an assuring Sunday morning ‘thud’ to announce the arrival of family or friends knocking on the door. These items have the unique ability to offer a sense of personality to an individual space, and consumers are inherently aware of this. It is for this reason that the importance of ironmongery should never be overlooked. Thankfully, many great Irish distributors and suppliers are on hand to assist with projects of all sizes, which we cover in our ironmongery section in this edition of The Hardware Journal.

As well as the visual element of ironmongery, there are equally important elements which are usually hidden; often literally behind closed doors. These come in the form of hinges, door closers and other items often found on fire doors. These lesser-spotted parts
are particularly relevant in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, which highlighted the need for constant and meticulous review of building and hardware standards for the purpose of preventing a repeat of the incident. The Hackitt report, an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, was recently welcomed by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI). Some of the guild’s comments on report’s findings are as follows: “the GAI is a strong advocate of ensuring that fire doors are properly specified, inspected and maintained as well as fitted with all appropriate, correct and compliant ironmongery.”

The GAI also pointed out that they had an increased emphasis on competence – “The GAI’s education portfolio has been developed over 50 years and is the only recognised  programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards. This is in the form of its highly respected DipGAI Diploma course as well as the RegAI CPD scheme, which demonstrates commitment to continuing professional development. The GAI also provides timely technical updates to its  membership on relevant product standards, codes of practice, building regulations and fire related safety.”

In recognition of the importance of architectural ironmongery the GAI, in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), announced the latest rendition of their biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards. These awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery.

Architects, specifiers, building contractors, clients and their architectural ironmongery advisers and suppliers across the world were able to nominate projects up until mid-November 2018. The winners, which we eagerly await, will be announced at a celebratory lunch in March 2019.

David Stacey, president of the GAI, said: “The Specification Awards ceremony is one of the Guild’s most highly anticipated events. The calibre of entries is always incredibly high and shows architectural ironmongery at its best. The GAI is always proud to see its member companies involved in so many complex projects. These awards are unique because they reward the whole specification team, highlighting the importance of the professional partnership between architects and architectural ironmongers.” For each category there will be a winner, second and third place. The judges will also decide on an overall ‘winner of winners’. At the 2017/18 Specification Awards, this accolade went to Kings Gate, a residential project by architectural ironmongers izé and by Lynch Architects.

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Don’t Save on Security

TW Clarke Ltd are very pleased to be associated with the Italian security product  manufacturer, VIRO.

VIRO’s motto of “Don’t Save on Security” fits very well with the philosophy of TW Clarke  Ltd. A long-established, Irish family run and owned business, TW Clarke Ltd are synonymous with well-known brand names and quality products. The value of the item being secured and the cost of securing that item are inextricably linked. Why would you lock a €2000 bike with a €20 lock? Why would you store €5000 worth of tools in
the back of a van without a high-quality van lock?

The VIRO Van Lock provides the ideal solution to the person that values their belongings. Made from one-piece electropolished Stainless Steel, the Viro Van Lock can be fitted to both hinged and sliding doors. The unit comes with a brass 7 pin cylinder, hardened steel, anti-drill plate and all fittings. VIRO even provide an assembly video on their website

VIRO are committed to producing products of the highest standard, complying with EN 12320:12. Details of these products and the standards they meet, can also be found on their website. Security isn’t just a deterrent – it buys you time. The longer a lock
takes to be cut, the more likely the would-be thief will move on to an easier target.

Remember, false economy gives false hope. Don’t Save on Security.

Viro products are available from:

TW Clarke Ltd, Unit D2B,
Bluebell Industrial Estate, Dublin 12.
Tel: 01 – 450 3004
Fax: 01 – 450 3009.


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