We support our clients with in-house fabrication expertise for even the largest of structural signs

not every signmaker is BS EN 1090 certified

astley was one of the first UK signmakers to recognise the importance of becoming BS EN 1090 for steel fabrication, and we still remain one of only a few that is certified to carry out this type of work in-house.

Now a legal requirement in the UK, BS EN 1090 is required for large structural steel work, and in sign making this could mean large building signage, built-up architectural lettering, freestanding totems and any other built-up brand messaging. This certification guarantees the product has been designed and manufactured using carefully governed and legislative processes in mind to ensure that when these products are installed, they will be safe and not put brands at risk by not performing. 

As we are ISO 9001 accredited, we follow an internal quality management system that carefully documents each stage of our work, from the design right through manufacture and installation. 





the consequences of using un-certified partners

According to 1090Register.com there are a number of significant risks being taken by customers using suppliers who aren’t 1090 compliant and there are indications that there are 7,000+ suppliers that are illegally trading without this accreditation. The piece of legislation that became law in 2014 focuses on fabricated steel structures designed to be load bearing and permanent, which is therefore appropriate in our own industry for the construction of totems and large scale building signage. 

Even though it has been the law now for several years, and mandatory for manufacturers to have the BS EN 1090 accreditation when constructing with steel, there are still some suppliers who aren’t covered…and therefore neither are their clients.

The consequences of using suppliers without this accreditation for the manufacture of steel structures could include:

  • Breach of Building Regulations and NHBS requirements
  • Refusal of building insurance
  • Breach of contract with client
  • Withdrawal of ISO 9001 for major non-conformance
  • Contractual disputes
  • Prosecution and associated damage to your brand