Architectural ironmongery is a trade making use of basic metals such as aluminium, brass and iron and their part in the finishings as used in buildings, houses & homes. Included in the phrase are cupboards and window fittings. As the term suggests, ironmongery relates to handles and hinges as applied to doors and windows and could be utilised in many types of buildings or projects.
The styles of ironmongery in use now have their most early roots from before major industrialisation, where we would have had local blacksmiths manufacturing door handles for local buildings. After the industrial revolution many new firms started to appear, who offered mass production of such pieces. This made them much more widely available. So the local building trade could now order pieces regionally and not have to depend on the blacksmith, who was part of the cottage industry.
Today Gai.or.uk is the national body for ironmongery. It lays down the standard for all bodies involved in the ironmongery sector and gives guarantee of people in the industry such as architects and suppliers.
As a builder or supplier you gain from having accreditation to be able to abide to industry rules as set out in government legislation and GAI does exactly that. This help guarantee the quality of what they provide. The guild symbol, available to members , is a stamp of quality and that members have had a particular degree of knowledge and training in the industry.
Members must have 1 person with Regal training in their organisation. They must also have full indemnity insurance.
The ironmongeryJournal is produced every year and there is a freely available pdf, of 36 pages offering news and photos of all current building works. It is excellentlyproduced and clearly highlights the current trends in architecture and the use of ironmongery in the various different projects that members have recently finished. There are several photographs and designs of contemporary building projects showing the looks achieved using ironmongery in the finishings of these projects. These are improved by all the latest in decorative finishings in the final project.