James Gibbons Format has always been the architectural ironmongery experts for the biggest and most ambitious projects of the time. From the Houses of Parliament to state-of-the-art buildings (The Sage, Gateshead), we consistently provide reliable access and security solutions using our superior knowledge and quality products.


Proud Heritage

Architectural ironmongery expertise for ambitious projects since 1670



The Format brand has, over the years, gained wide international praise and recognition


Specifiers & Suppliers

Format is a very experienced architectural ironmongery specifier and supplier

ISO 9001


Proven ability to consistently provide and deliver products and services to very high standards


Forward thinking

Combining the quality of the past with modern and forward thinking vision

In 1670, ironmonger James Gibbons set up a workshop in Wolverhampton. Supreme quality of craftsmanship established his reputation and the business grew and prospered. Sir Christopher Wren put his trust in James Gibbons ironmongery, as leading architects have done to the present day.

By the late 19th Century “the oldest established lockmaker in Britain” had diversified into the manufacture of a much wider range of architectural metalwork.

Examples of James Gibbons’ craftsmanship can be seen in many notable and historic applications, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and in the famous musical clock outside Fortnum & Mason in London.


Never content to rest on past achievements, we have utilised the benefits of modern technology to provide even greater improvements to customer service. A personalised estimating and scheduling service is available with highly trained sales personnel, who are on call to visit architects and generate complete on-screen ironmongery schedules and cost information. A full master keying service can also be provided.

Our aim is always to provide maximum freedom to the designer while removing the headaches from specification.

Nothing can demonstrate the success of our architectural ironmongery more eloquently than the projects for which we have been specified. James Gibbons Format is firmly established both at home and in overseas markets, where only the highest quality products are acceptable.

Today, James Gibbons Format architectural ironmongery defines a standard that others seek to follow. We are specified for the world’s most prestigious buildings. From the 1980’s, these have included the National Westminster Tower, The Barbican Centre and The Old Bailey. More recently, The Channel Tunnel, Colchester Garrison and the O2 Leisure & Entertainment District.

Internationally, our products have enhanced buildings from the Kuwait Stock Exchange and Singapore’s Changi International Airport in the early 1980’s, to projects including The Sultan of Oman’s Palace, Al Wakra Hospital Qatar, Prime Minister’s Office Complex Brunei and Mass Transit Rail (MTR) Hong Kong amongst many others.

We are committed to quality – both in the supply of products and the provision of complementary services. James Gibbons Format continues to develop excellent working relationships worldwide, both direct and through a network of agents and distributors.


Professional scheduling and estimating from concept through to supply

On site and after sales care

Compliance with relevant British and international standards

Automation and access control of doors

Project specific solutions

International sales offices

“We visited the factories of all companies who tendered and selected James Gibbons Format for the quality of their product and their competitive pricing.”
“As James Gibbons Format were supplying all the architectural ironmongery for the £8.2 million project to turn the old railway depot into this unique conservation centre, we turned to them for the solution to the access problems thrown up by the large works of art.”
Liverpool Conservation Centre


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