See below a seletcion of recent projects demonstrating the scale and variety of successfully completed projects to date...
Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire: £325k
The Finished Project
At Eton College, new, bespoke gates, pylons, railings, grilles, balustrades and handrails were required. Each of these elements were made in ductile cast iron cast from new bespoke patterns and from forged mild steel. Ornate post-tensioned cast iron gate post pylons were especially designed and engineered to carry the enormous weight of the 2.7m high gates.
All works were produced as a result of close collaboration with the Project Architects 'John Simpson', developing their design intent drawings into fully designed and co-ordinated production and installation drawings and schedules.
Work In Progress
Cleveland Row, St James, London: £92k
The Finished Project
The client required a new, highly ornate iron and Bronze guarding to fit to an existing straight & helical stair rising 4 storeys in a Grade II Listed building in order to replace the existing rather elegant but damaged and incomplete guarding that was also too low to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations Part K.
Rather than replace this original element, a substantially more economical - and authentic - alternative solution for the client was developed that involved removing the existing guarding for significant repair, refurbishment and re-finishing, whilst raising the plinth on which the guarding was to be re-fixed.
A new polished solid Bronze handrail was fitted to replace the existing badly dented brass-plate-wrapped timber handrail.
Work In Progress
Downshire Hill, Hampstead Heath, London: £140k
Although it maintains an authentic historical appearance, this new property was rebuilt entirely to replicate the previously demolished house on the plot.
Close collaboration with the architect and local authority Conservation Officers allowed the development of new bespoke balustrade patterns for the new front double-height belvedere and matching rear subterranean garden balustrading that matched those on existing adjacent properties.
New railings and gates were required, made by precisely copying the railing heads on adjacent properties to as to maintain the appearance of the simple design nonetheless unique to the street. A new bespoke cast iron roof lantern bracket and beam assembly were also fitted, along with new internal stair balustrading.
Hamilton Drive, St Johns Wood, London: £132k
Forming part of an exclusive London new-build residential development, the client required cast iron Juliet balconies of an exclusive bespoke design to adorn the French door openings at the 'Piano Nobile' level of the terraced properties.
Working closely with the client and his building envelope specialists, a 1st-fixing system was developed that enabled the balconies to be fitted quickly and efficiently after the external envelope had received its final finishes.
Typical heavy London 'Spear & Urn' railings were also fitted to the front light wells to the properties, having devised a fixing solution to allow the railings to be fitted to the light well parapet coping whilst still generating the loading resistance required by the Building regulations
Victoria Road, Kensington, London: £27k
As part of a 2-storey conservatory addition, the client required a belvedere balcony and stairs to lead down to their rear garden in this quiet corner of Kensington.
Taking a holistic view on the project rather than just considering the stair in isolation, we worked closely with the conservatory's structural design and project-managed a Party wall agreement to provide an overall solution for the works.
The result is a richly ornate design that blends perfectly with the Late Victorian style of the house and garden.
South Edwardes Square, Kensington, London: £275k
A.M.S. prides itself on its reputation for creativity, problem-solving, good service and timely results among its ever-expanding satisfied and repeat-business clientele of private individuals, building contractors, property developers, public-body and local authority agencies.
Bocconcino Restaurant, Berkley Street, London: £42k
A Russian-based restauranteur required a highly bespoke and very unusual cast iron helical stair with glass balustrade to be designed, made and installed wrapping around an original existing and immovable cast iron structural column, itself cloaked in a circular section reinforcing steel jacket required for the structural stability of the building as a whole. The solution also required the stair treads to be perforate for visual lightness but safe against stiletto heel-trapping.
The solution was successfully installed over two days, incorporating the novel and unique clear resin infill to the tread perforations, allowing spotlighting beneath the stair to filter through.
Deepdene Gardens, Dorking, Surrey: £6k
Deepdene Gardens, a Grade II * Listed C17th garden, first laid out in the Italianate Style by Charles Howard in the early 1650's and augmented later in the C19th by Thomas Hope. Initially praised The horticulturalist and planner John Claudius Loudon as an exemplar of landscape architecture - one of the earliest uses of that phrase - the gardens fell into disrepair in the early C20th.
Fortunately, Mole Valley District Council intervened, resulting in the park being returned to its former glory, with new cast iron guardings that, after examination of excavated fragments followed by careful research, were made to faithfully replicate the long-gone early C19th examples.