Jason and Nadine Davies are the owners of The Architectural Forum Ltd, which was established in 1988 and has since strived to offer the best architectural salvage at a very competitive price. We are proud to offer honest, friendly advice and assistance, whatever you may be looking for.
At The Architectural Forum, we are very conscious of the importance of reclaiming and salvaging, and the positive impact on our global resources and environment. We believe it is imperative to reclaim, refurbish and re-use as much as possible, as this puts less pressure on resources and stops the items simply going to landfill. With our emphasis on refurbishing and restoring, we are proud to be preserving the valuable skills of yesteryear, and giving antique items a second life and a chance to be appreciated by future generations.
On the surface, the process of salvaging parts from an old building can seem relatively straightforward, but it is often a very challenging and pressured task, full of complications! Once onsite, Jason and the team often have very little time to recognise and remove the key pieces that are of salvageable and saleable condition. Sometimes, as beautiful and historically interesting as they may be, pieces cannot be saved as they would take far too long to restore, or take too much room in storage.
Once the salvage is removed, they are taken to one of our premises for restoration. Restoration and refurbishment of all iron items, including cast iron fireplace inserts, fixtures and fittings, and cast iron radiators, is done at our Southgate Road workshop. Reclaimed stonework is repaired by Architectural Forum's in-house mason. Wooden items are repaired and re-polished, and some may be repurposed or re-crafted into a new item. Old, redundant, Victorian window frames, for example, are up-cycled into charming, large mirrors by glazing them with new mirror glass.
Architectural Forum also has a network of specialist craftspeople who can assist in the restoration of other items, for instance, replacing broken globe lanterns in early Victorian street lamps.
We have been involved in some pretty spectacular salvage jobs, including removals from the British Museum, Tate Britain, the Tower of London and several prestigious London houses. Jason, along with Ted, from our sister company V&V Reclamation, took part in the salvaging of architectural pieces from the Baltic Exchange which is now home to the Gherkin. This turned out to be the largest salvage of any building in Europe since the original London Bridge was sold to Arizona in 1967
Come and visit us at our warehouse in Ware, Hertfordshire.
Tel: +44 (0)207 7040982
THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM
THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM to provide own terms and conditions. Consumer Contracts Regulations apply.
HOARDE VINTAGE ADVICE:
It is the individual Dealers responsibility to make themselves aware of what the Distance Selling Regulation rules contain; these regulations are open to change, may vary and are detailed, so you may wish to familiiarise yourself with such via the many websites available to you on this subject.
Contract of purchase is between the Client and the Seller, not the The Hoarde, we are just the introductory agent. Your rights include, but are not limited to the below. You must check with each individual Seller what their own terms and conditions are and what their own purchase and returns policy include. The Hoarde is not responsible for the description, condition or attribution of an item as we do not have sight of any item and do not have physical ownership of any item, but we do endeavour to only allow professional and experienced dealers onto our website. We do not collect payment or hold such unless specifically agreed prior to purchase and then only as Agent do we hold funds, which are held by the The Hoarde until both parties have confirmed such can be released. If such funds are held and an item is returned, release back to the client of such funds, will be subject to the Seller confirming the item has been returned according to their returns policy. Items are not released to the Buyer until the agreed payment is received by The Hoarde. The Hoarde is not responsible for any related bank charges, transfer fees, currency fluctuations or otherwise. For more details on this facility, please contact owner Jane Walton at [email protected]
You have the right to return items purchased via the internet up to 14 days following receipt of the item to the specified delivery address. If you collect an item in person or arrange your own delivery, then this term starts immediately you or your carrier collects the item (this is to avoid your own carrier sitting on the item for a long time before delivering it).
WHAT WE RECOMMEND:
Always ask for an invoice from the Seller. On the invoice you should have the date of the item, any provenance, full description, including any restoration or damage. It should state terms of payment and delivery and returns. It should also show the business name, business address, contact numbers, email address and VAT number if applicable.
You should ask for confirmation of your purchase by email so that you have written proof of the agreed price, any additional charges, eg delivery and if you are having the item delivered, ask how and who will be undertaking it and what the Sellers return policy is.
Ask for email confirmation of what your responsibilities are should you wish to return an item, including re-packing, how you must confirm your desire to return the item, eg email or by telephone and be clear on the Seller's return policy.
The prices indicated for items on this site are correct at the time the item is listed, barring any error by the Seller. However, the Euro and Dollar prices shown are for indication only and may vary as rates fluctuate and you may incur your own bank charges when making payment from abroad.
If a Member is based in Europe, you may need to confirm with them their specific purchase and returns policies. However Distance Selling Regulations apply througout Europe as far as The Hoarde is aware.
Please do not be concerned about the above statements. They are there to help and protect both parties and should help to avoid any disputes by making things clear. The owner of this site, Jane Walton, is always happy to help and assist where possible and clients are very welcome to contact Jane should they need advice or assistance. Being a dealer herself for 16 years, she knows that most dealers are good, hardworking and professional people who understand the rules and how to be polite and helpful to clients at all times. They can help you obtain shipping or transport quotes for example. Never be worried about speaking to a Dealer and asking as many questions as you need to about an item, they wil be happy to help you. Please do remember though, that they will always be more receptive to clients who show them the same respect.
For the avoidance of doubt 'Dealer' and 'Member' are the same.
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