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Sand Casting the Winning Bench Competition for The Queen's College, Oxford.

In 2013, renowned Queens College, Oxford ran a unique competition asking the degree students of nearby college Rycotewood Furniture Centre, to design unique outdoor seating to be placed in the Drawda garden, a place used regularly by the students of prestigious Queen’s College.

The idea was conceived by Alison Madden, wife of the Provast Professor Paul Madden, who thought running the competition rather than buying in new furniture, would be an exciting way to bring design and interest to the Drawda garden. Queen’s Home Bursar, Dr. Linda Irving-Bell organised the competition that saw 45 students of Rycotewood Furniture Centre, invited to enter with their Course Leader Joe Bray overseeing and additional mentoring from Charles Vernon, CEO of Gloster – a company specialising in outdoor furniture.

Maybrey Reliance collaborated on the manufacturing of the benches, along with B&M Engineers and Queen’s College own workshop, to help produce the winning design by Tom Parfitt.

“With a contemporary take on a garden bench featuring an arch inspired by the vaulted ceiling of a cellar discovered under the garden. A judging panel was extremely impressed with Tom’s scale models and renders of how the bench would look, subsequently commissioning ten benches to be made” explains Dr Irving-Bell.

With two designs available, with or without a back (the backless version doubling as a table), the frame of the bench is cast aluminium and has engineered aluminium components including the arch, all produced by Maybrey Reliance in the Sand Foundry. These contrast well with the solid Oak seat slats for comfort, which are finished to retain the natural beauty of the wood.

CEO of Maybrey Reliance, Doug Hills said “Maybrey Reliance thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the production of this successful project. We have always advocated the need to support students, the designers of tomorrow, and have worked closely with the Kingston University London for several years for this reason. The winning design by Tom Parfitt is a great piece of furniture and being able to produce it for such a prestigious place like The Queen’s College, Oxford has been an absolute pleasure”.

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"Latest aerospace standard for UK foundry"

Taken from the FOUNDRY TRADING JOURNAL November 2017 issue

Maybrey Reliance has become one of the first UK foundries to be accredited to AS9100 Rev D.

Maybrey boasts one of the longest unbroken approvals for the supply of castings to the primes of the aircraft industry in the UK.

Supplying from 1937 and through the war years the company withstood Admirality and CAA inspectors on site ensuring that a sound infrastructure was in place, which has continued throughout the years. Reliance can trace its history back to 1836 when the company built steam locomotives which were sold worldwide.

In recent years Maybrey Reliance has become far more diverse because of the ever-changing nature and size of British foundry industry and continues to produce released castings for the aerospace and defense and general engineering industries, using high quality gravity die and sand casting processes in aluminium to the national and international standards as well as supplying high grade specification iron castings.

The company also supplies an eclectic range of alloys for exclusive works of art and has close ties with the ICME and universities such Loughborough, Warwick, Greenwich, and the Castings Development Centre at Castings Technology International. Many of the company's castings are exported to Europe and the far-east and many of them are supplies CNC machined.

CEO Doug Hills started work as an apprentice die draftsman in 1959 and still plays an active role in the foundry and associated companies. He praised the efforts of everyone involved for achieving the latest accreditation. "As always this has not been easy and taken a lot of hard, dedicated work by our quality team, production management and inspection personnel to achieve what we consider to be the pinnacle of British standards in our industry.

"The directors would like to thank Neil Watts, our Quality Manager/Metallurgist, for the acquisition and continuance of our AS9100 British Standard and for aiding the smooth transition to Revision D"

The company has also produced a heritage brochure 'George England, Robert Fairlie and Hatcham Iron Works' which ICME Members can obtain by emailing:"

More information on Maybrey Reliance accreditation can be found on the website here.
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REPLICA: The Foamy Furniture

Creating replicas of artwork is usually the work of criminals who look to gain from the success of artists by selling a forgery. In the case of Studio Furthermore however, replica has a new meaning with their latest collaborative work REPLICA.
The relatively simple ‘lost foam’ process they developed, creates pieces that are very un-simple in looks and inspiration. Working with both ceramic and aluminium alloy materials, designs are carefully handcrafted out of an ubiquitous foam material; making each of these items an 'original'. During the lost foam ceramic process, a foam original is entombed in sand and molten alloy is poured onto the foam original which in turn vaporizes, leaving behind a one of a kind terracotta foam metallic REPLICA. In each case an original work is sacrificed and what remains is a REPLICA.

Apart from the original foam crafting, the sand casting process to create REPLICA was completed at Maybrey Reliance, in our Kent based foundry, with the team working closely alongside the designers to ensure their vision for creating natural looking replica’s could be achieved.

For inspiration Studio Furthermore searched in the rocks, clays and mineral ores which resembled some of their material experiments in terracotta and aluminium. “A parallel could be drawn between the material characteristics of rock formations and various studio samples” explained the creative duo Marina Drago-Mrova and Ian Howlett of the London based design practice. Seeking cues from nature, Studio Furthermore headed far north to the shores of Iceland, a place laded with geological processes observable in constantly shifting landscapes.

“Foamy lava rocks and cooled magma debris decorate an alien landscape of volcanoes, geysers and icebergs. Tephra hued soils rich in minerals lay bare the otherwise obscured processes that create them. This young land, still in its primordial phase, perpetually forms and reforms via it's rock cycles… Silent and inanimate, rocks are themselves a curiosity since they express little but that of the processes to which they owe their formation.”
The REPLICA’s include a free-standing light, table and mirror. The entire range truly reflects the formation inspiration and a process that truly turns the notion of replica ‘on its head’.
Maybrey Reliance has one of the most diverse sand foundries in the UK, producing high grade flake iron and more sophisticated specifications such as silicon and nickel irons, SG, steels, as well as aluminium and bronze.

For more information on our Die and Sand Casting services, please contact Maybrey Reliance 0208 311 7333 or email Alternatively, you can visit the Maybrey Reliance services page here.

You can also visit the Studio Furthermore website for more information on the artists and REPLICA here

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Unique Sand Casting - Railings and Gate

Maybrey Reliance is a unique Sand & Die cast foundry based in Kent, with the
facilitiesDie Casting Foundry London to mass produce and also manufacture bespoke sand castings on small and large scales. 
The recent production of iron gates installed by Jonathan Rowlandson is one such sand casting that used the foundry's numerous design and manufacturing departments to create a pattern based on existing window railings - as seen in the second photo below.

The SG Iron gate and railing sections were then cast at the foundry, before being welded together onsite at the property, painted and installed by Jonathan Rowlandson.

Maybrey Reliance has one of the most diverse sand foundries in the UK, producing high grade flake iron and more sophisticated specifications such as silicon and nickel irons, SG, steels, as well as aluminium and bronze.

For more information on our Die and Sand Casting services, please contact Maybrey Reliance on 0208 311 7333 or email

Alternatively, you can visit the Maybrey Reliance website here for more information on the services we provide.

Images courtesy of Jonathan Rowlandson

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Sand casting at it's finest! Selection of successful projects produced by Maybrey Reliance

With UK Manufacturing thrown in to the spot light during the last recession, we're so honoured to still be working with some amazing clients to create unique sandcastings .  

Our iron foundry has the capacity to produce complex sand castings up to one tonne in weight with aerospace, defence, building, art/design and locomotive being just some of the industries we supply. Below are a small selection of some of the wonderful pieces Maybrey Reliance have recently produced.

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The above cherubs were produced in mass for a locomotive customer. They will be fixed to the front of the engine.

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A cast iron balustrade with oranate leaf and berry details. The leaves and branches even have visible veins for a more life like effect.

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A cast iron floor grill with a unique pattern.

Maybrey has one of the most diverse sand foundries in the UK, producing high grade flake iron and more sophisticated specifications such as silicon and nickel irons, SG, steels, as well as aluminium and bronze.
For more information on our Die and Sand Casting services, please contact Maybrey Reliance 0208 311 7333 or email Alternatively, you can visit the Maybrey Reliance website here.

Maybrey Reliance; Quality Manufacturing in the UK


From the year it was established in 1927, to today’s modern era, Maybrey-Reliance Foundry has stood the test of time and continued to be at the forefront of manufacturing. Tracing the company history back to 1839 when George England founded the Hatcham Iron Works and started George England & Company, reveals a beginning rich in product innovation and ground-breaking design, with the patent and production of revolutionary locomotives for railways across the UK, Europe and India.

By the 1860s, the company had become the General Engineering & Boiler Company before manufacturing was taken over by Reliance Foundry in 1975 at its new factory in Greenwich. Eventually purchased by and merged with the Hills Diecasting Company of Sydenham; in 2002 Maybrey Precision Castings of Lower Sydenham was also purchased and Maybrey-Reliance, now one of the best equipped and experienced foundries in the country, was formed.
Offering Die Casting and Sand Casting, the Kent based Foundry now has a range of services to offer new and existing clients across a broad spectrum of industries.
Quality Manufacturing in the UK’ details examples of these services and what’s available in-house: Tool and Pattern making, Gravity Die, Shot Blasting, Sand Casting, Surface Finishing and Light Engineering to name a few. Utilising these services has meant Maybrey Reliance has been able to produce submarine torpedo tubes, aircraft parts, modern sculptures and just as the George England and Company did over 150 years ago, Maybrey-Reliance are still producing specialist locomotive parts for steam engines.

Throughout its history, Maybrey has pioneered the development and production of items in a range of industries, with innovation pivotal to its success. In-house experience and investment in modern technologies means Maybrey-Reliance can offer a service that is second to none. Specialist engineers can also advise customers about castings design and therefore reduce costs from the onset. Capable of supplying first prototype to production components, Maybrey-Reliance has the experience, skills and technology to make concept a reality.

Click on the Manufacturing brochure below to see full details of the services Maybrey Reliance offer.

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Sand cast stools are high success for artist Sam Lloyd

Having one of the most diverse and best equipped sand foundries in the UK made Maybrey Reliance an obvious choice for up and coming artist Sam Lloyd. Include his graduation from Kingston University, an institute with close ties to the Kent based foundry, and you have the perfect circumstances for creating a unique, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing stool worthy of Heal’s Discovers.

Sam Lloyd graduated from Kingston in 2013 with a BA Hons in Product & Furniture Design and an ever growing list of awards. As part of Lloyd’s final major project, he was encouraged to break free of the studio environment and explore different manufacturing techniques. Maybrey Reliance work closely with the University to provide both design assistance and product manufacturing, enabling Lloyd to experiment with available techniques at the foundry and create the stool for Heal’s Discovers.  The form of the stool top is the result of his experimentations with sheet materials and this successful design provided the best seat. Easy to assemble, the stools have a trio of fumed oak and oak legs that screw effortlessly into the seat; these are then supported by an aluminium brace also produced at Maybrey’s.
The aluminium seat and brace were manufactured using the sand casting process ‘to create a strong three dimensional stool top that can be cast in one piece' Lloyd explained. One mould produces one casting. Each half
of the mould (cope and drag) is packed with sand by hand and then left to harden.  Once both parts have hardened, the mould is put together and weights are added to the top to stop it exploding when the metal is poured.  Once the metal has set, it is then a case of breaking the casting from the mould and submerging the metal in water to strengthen it. The marks and imperfections that would normally render a casting useless are celebrated in Lloyds stools, as they cannot be replicated and make each individual stool top unique.
Shortlisted for the 100% Design Award @ New Designers 2013, the stool was quickly picked up by Heal’s Discovers and the two heights available have been a huge success, with only two items left in stock. Maybrey Reliance is proud of its design and innovation heritage and continues to both initiate and facilitate unique and ambitious projects. Working closely with University students and other artists encourages design ambition and creative exploration.



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Historic George England locomotive visits London


Passengers at Kings Cross station in London were delighted to see the over 150 year old Ffestiniog Railway’s Palmerston locomotive, along with a four-wheeled coach and a slate wagon, on display in the concourse this February (18th - 26th Feb 2017) to promote ‘Big Train Meets Little Train’; the recently published free guide to Welsh narrow gauge railways and how to visit them by rail.
How many admirers would have known that his unique and historic display was built less than four miles away, by George England Boiler Company in the Hatcham Iron Works situated between Pomeroy Street and Kender Street?
One of six similar engines produced by England on the site between 1848 and 1870, the Palmerston dates from 1864 and was the first steam locomotive ever constructed for use on the narrow gauge.
It’s survival is remarkable as, once thought beyond restoration, it is now in full working order and in regular use on the line.
Maybrey-Reliance, part of the CARO Group, can trace its history back through Reliance Foundry Ltd, The General Engine and Boiler Co., to George England and to the Hatcham Iron Works in 1836.
Maybrey-Reliance is still a fully functioning casting supplier and now one of the best equipped foundries in the country.

The company today produces high quality Gravity Die and Sand Casting in the full range of aluminium alloys.
They also produce high quality iron and SG castings as well as steel and bronze.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of our Die or Sand Casting services, please contact Maybrey Reliance 0208 311 7333 or email 
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