Bespoke Fabrication

Structural Design and Assurance

We can take your design concepts and requirements and give you piece of mind that you have the assurance required to meet regulatory and statutory requirements.

Having both industrial and product design capabilities to offer gives the reassurance that, where appropriate, designs meet both functional and aesthetic objectives. This is underpinned by recognised methodologies such as Lean Design, Design for Manufacture (DFM), and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA).


CAD Design is carried out utilising the latest version of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, which enables us and your team to quickly transform new ideas into great products. 3D CAD design is carried out to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum and the time to take designs into production are kept to a minimum.

The key points for our fabrication offering are:

  • Our fabrication team has a combined experience of nearly one hundred years. This means the knowledge within the team encompasses just about every aspect of metal fabrication and manufacturing.
  • We provide an extensive variety of manufacturing processes associated with metal fabrication.
  • The way in which our factory is organised allows us to be extremely flexible in meeting your requirements. Short batch runs, and indeed one offs are not a problem.
  • Short lead times are a key strength to what we are able to offer our customers.


Cutting mild steel box section with oxy acetylene equipment in SMF workshop in Wickford, Essex


Cutting is the separation of a physical object, into two or more portions, through the application of an acutely directed force. For metals there are many cutting methods which can be grouped by the physical phenomenon used. Below is a list of some of the cutting techniques utilised at Stratford Metal Fabrications:

  • Chip forming - sawing, drilling
  • Shearing - punching, stamping
  • Abrading - grinding
  • Heat - flame cutting, plasma cutting, laser cutting
  • Electrical discharge machining (EDM)

Bending sheet metal on a press brake in the SMF workshop in Wickford, Essex


Bending is a manufacturing process that we use to produce angles most commonly in sheet metal. We have a 100 tonne capacity press brake with a 3m bed. Typical products that we make using this process are rack protectors, concrete moulds & boxes such as electrical enclosures and rectangular duct work.

Notching metal mesh in the SMF workshop in Wickford, Essex


Notching is a process which cuts stock without the formation of chips or the use of burning or melting. Strictly speaking, if the cutting blades are straight the process is called shearing. The most commonly sheared materials are in the form of sheet metal or plates. We have a number of metal workers (Notching machines) at Stratford Metal Fabrications, each with different capabilities, which gives us great flexibility.

Metal drilling in the SMF workshop in Wickford, Essex


Drilling is a cutting process that uses a drill bit to cut or enlarge a hole of circular cross-section in solid materials. The drill bit is a rotary cutting tool, often multipoint. The bit is pressed against the work piece and rotated at rates from hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute. This forces the cutting edge against the work piece, cutting off chips (swarf) from the hole as it is drilled.

Mig welding at SMF workshop in Wickford, Essex


Welding is a fabrication process that joins materials, in our case metals, by causing coalescence (to join into a single mass or whole). This is often done by melting the work pieces and adding a filler material to form a pool of molten material (the weld pool) that cools to become a strong joint, with pressure sometimes used in conjunction with heat, or by itself, to produce the weld. At Stratford Metal Fabrications we use different methods to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium, the welding techniques we use primarily are: MMA / MIG / TIG

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Galvanising is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. Typical applications where galvanising has been used at Stratford Metal Fabrications are external structural components. The protection provided by galvanising is insufficient for products that will be constantly exposed to corrosive materials such as salt water. For these applications, we suggest a stainless steel solution.

Metal finishing techinque - powder coating

Powder Coating

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Powder coating at Stratford Metal Fabrications is mainly used for our products that are going to be visible by the end user and require a durable corrosion resistant finish.

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Metal steps and metal work platforms

We have been designing and fabricating different types of pre-assembled metal stair kits as well as custom solutions that our team install on location with no custom tools or equipment. We are a valued provider in a variety of industries, from Rail, to manufacturing and commercial.

Streel Concrete Moulds

SMF have been fabricating steel moulds for the precast concrete market for the last 30 years. During this time, we have produced moulds for a vast range of applications.

Mezzanine Floors

From single tier to multiple tier mezzanine floor systems, mezzanine decks enable you to increase your floor space within the existing cubic space.

Metal Grilles Fabrication

We install a wide variety of mesh grilles for both doors and windows, including hinged, removable and permanent models.

What are Stillages used for?

Stillages are mainly used to transport goods without the need to load and unload the product being carried, which saves time and decreases the chance of damage.

Metal railings and balconies

Whether you are planning to create a gallery, add a safety barrier to a first floor window or provide a simple walkway, metal balconies and railings are sure to add a feature of refinement to the space.

Bespoke metal gate manufacturer

Stratford Metal Fabrications design, manufacture and install high quality, made to measure, gates. We pride ourselves on a wide range of designs and have produced many original pieces to order.

Bespoke metal stair cases

A turnkey solution on steel staircases requires accuracy and expert workmanship to guarantee specifications are met for each new project. Stratford Metal Fabrications can deliver a range of solutions, styles and distinctive design options.

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