All About Steelcraft
Our company and history

About Steelcraft
Our History

Founded in 1989 when John Armstrong took over a security grille manufacturer in South Tyneside, Steelcraft Ltd spent its first years manufacturing and installing bespoke security metalwork across the North East.

As secure glazing and alarm systems became more prevalent the demand for grilles tailed off and Steelcraft branched out. Capitalising on strong demand for railings & gates, we applied our design and fabrication skills for house builders

and local authority regeneration schemes including the major project to regenerate Meadow Well following the 1991 riots. Our portfolio has grown with customer demand to accommodate balconies, balustrade, stainless and secondary steelwork. We now design, manufacture and install the full range of architectural metalwork with a focus on quality and service.

For our 30th anniversary in 2019 we proudly launched a new direct sales website, www.forjj.co.uk.

OUR DESIGN

Customers regularly cite our bespoke design service as one of the top reasons for choosing Steelcraft. Aside from a range of standard products, our highly-capable drawing office is dedicated to solving problems and making customer's ideas a reality. Offering £5m of professional indemnity insurance we are confident that our team can meet your requirements.

Contract Management

Our highly-experienced Contracts Manager, Ian Stoker, serves as your main point of contact to ensure the job runs smoothly through our system. Whilst lead times in the metalwork industry are often rigid, we understand the time pressures you face and will always try to accommodate your timetable.

Fabrication & Coatings

Steelcraft has built up a workforce from a variety of industry backgrounds, bringing a wealth of experience and skill that is adaptable to the most unique designs and unusual challenges. With MIG & TIG facilities, we operating from well-equipped premises and tap into an established supply chain with the same quality ethos that our customers have come to expect from us.

We offer a full range of metalwork finishes for our products including galvanising & powder coating to current British and European standards. We are also able to offer priming; site painting; and DDA compliant not-cold-to-the-touch plastic coating.

Installation

What could be more convenient than having the same company see your project through from design to handover? From our base in County Durham we cover Yorkshire to Cumbria and the Scottish Borders but are able to offer nationwide services - Steelcraft's installation crews ensure a quality finish to your project.

Our site teams always consist of at least one skilled craftsman supervisor, and all receive regular training and refreshers in safety and quality standards. The service is backed by full insurance, risk assessments, method statements, and a H&S system approved by CHAS, Constructionline and Safemark.

CE Marking

It is a requirement of UK law under the Construction Product Regulations that all structural steelwork conforms to BS EN 1090 and is CE marked by the manufacturer.

Structural steelwork is a broad category which does include many items of architectural metalwork. The simplest test as to whether the law applies would be; "is the product load bearing?" and there are some typical questions to ask of the product:

  1. Will something else be built onto it or attached to it?
  2. Could someone lean (or fall) against it and expect it to keep them from harm?
  3. Would someone be expected to stand upon it and would their safety be at risk if it failed?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the product must be CE marked. Some typical CE products include Juliet balconies, stair balustrade, balcony balustrades, staircases, ladders, walkways, and mezzanines.

It has been suggested that small fabricators and blacksmiths are exempt from these requirements but this is not true.

It is also argued that architectural metalwork and stair balustrades are exempt under the traditional definition of structural steel being just ‘the frame of a building' but the load bearing test above shows this is not the case.

Steelcraft Ltd are proud to be fully compliant with this legislation and have been accredited to execution class 2 [EXC2]. Our factory production control system is assessed and certified annually to ensure compliance.

Download our CE Marking Certificate

Meet The Steelcraft Team

Matthew Rodgers

Matthew Rodgers
Managing Director

David Armstrong

David Armstrong
Technical Director

Martin Armstrong

Martin Armstrong
Operations Director

Ian Stoker

Ian Stoker
Contracts Manager

Carole O'Connor

Carole O'Connor
Office Manager

Amanda Patterson

Amanda Patterson
CAD Technician

Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson
CAD Technician

Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson
Estimator

Jamie Berry

Jamie Berry
Workshop Supervisor

 Derek Allen

Derek Allen
Installation Supervisor

Nathan White

Nathan White
H & S Officer

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