Company Profile: Overview

The Darke group of companies have extensive steelwork and architectural metalwork workshops close to Peterborough and encompasses Darke Steel, Darke Tech, Darke Engineering, Darke Water Sculptures and Darke Steel Boats. The Group offers a wealth of experience in architectural metalwork, secondary metalwork, structural steelwork, steel fabrication, finishing and installation. Skills include coded welding, powder coated aluminium pressings, stainless steel balustrades, perforated steel balustrades, metal staircases, architectural metal staircases, spiral staircases and structural steel bridges.

The Darke group workshops occupy a self-contained area of 4.3 acres just off junction 16 on the A1M at Stilton, three miles south of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The company divisions are:

Darke Steel — Formerly D & B Darke, a company started by Tony’s father Don in 1963. The company started working in the water related industries but now typically carries out heavier steel fabrication work including intricate structural steelwork packages, bridge works, structural enhancement and all aspects of secondary steelwork. Darke Steel can provide a complete structural design service including calculations, material traceability, weld procedures and coded operatives to execute the works to the highest standards.
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Darke Tech — Architectural metalwork. In 1995 after completion of the Ashford International Eurostar terminal, a package of over a £1 million, the directors, encouraged by their clients, recognised an opportunity in the market. A new 5000 sq ft 'clean shop' was built against the existing factory and Darke Tech was formed. Since that time there has been a huge increase in contemporary metalwork. Darke Tech has always enjoyed pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with exciting Architects such as Wilkinson Eyre, Lifschultz Davidson and Norman Foster.
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Darke Engineering — A privately owned construction company serving the gas and oil industry, specialising in high pressure steel welded pipelines and associated above ground installations, Darke Engineering joined the Darke group in early 2010.
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Darke Water SculpturesDarke were approached by Aquazone Systems in 2003. A well known water feature supplier, they had no UK manufacturing base, but were receiving enquiries for larger corporate pieces which could not be imported. Darke’s could draw on their comprehensive construction experience and resources to develop pieces for the more demanding corporate client, who in many cases wanted something unique. In 2005 Darke's formed Aquazone Solutions and has recently rebranded the company under the solid Darke name with a new and imaginative M.D, Chris Rose.
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Darke Steel Boats — Narrow boats have been built at the Stilton factory for nearly 15 years… that’s about 250 boats. Arthur Hardy or 'Stan' for those in the boat industry who know him, has personally built about half of them. Stan has now decided to go it alone, supported by Darke Steel, and he heads up the new boat venture at the Stilton boat workshop.
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A brief history

D & B Darke was established in 1963 and had built up a wealth of experience as a competitive supplier of miscellaneous metalwork for the water associated industries.

In the early 1990's D & B Darke was introduced to the field of architectural metalwork and soon discovered a flair for these unique fabrications.

Experiences gained in the complete finishes spectrum include galvanised, painted, powder and nylon coated mild steel, bronze anodised aluminium and polished and shot-peened stainless steel.

With a continual increase in workload D & B Darke decided to move to new premises in January 2000. The new workshops increased the fabrication capacity two-fold and allows Darke Steel to offer a service in the development and fabrication of structural steelwork.

An example of the service that can be offered is evident in the external feature steelwork installed for the Excel building at Royal Victoria Square and the 100 tonnes construction at the Royal Victoria Dock.