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For media enquiries, please contact the GAI Press Office: Liz Male Consulting, tel. 01234 712279 

STOP PRESS - New BS 8300:2018 standards

The well renowned British Standard on accessibility, BS 8300: 2009 has now been withdrawn and replaced with 2 new standards; BS 8300-1:2018 and BS 8300-2:2018.

Securing door and window hardware knowledge for life

Jamie Reid, who works as a security sales representative for Allgood Trio, completed the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) education programme in 2016. Find out about his journey through the GAI Education programme.

Any time is right to start your Diploma

Wayne Marlor, technical sales representative at CTS Ironmongery Ltd, completed the GAI Diploma programme in 2017. After working for CTS Ironmongery for 26 years, Wayne decided to take his ironmongery knowledge to the next level and enrolled in the Diploma.

Colleagues and customers really trust the DipGAI designation

Chris Hill, sales representative for Humber Merchants, completed the Diploma in 2017. He is the first full DipGAI qualified member of Scunthorpe-based builders, plumbers & engineers merchants, Humber Merchants. Find out more about his experience on the GAI Education programme. 

GAI Education Awards 2017 announced!

Find out who the winners of the GAI Education Award 2017, announced at the annual event at the Royal Lancaster hotel, London.

Great year for GAI Education Programme 2017

With some amazing successes for many students, 2017 has been a great year for the GAI Education Programme.

RIBA CPD approval given to ironmongery specification seminar

An introductory seminar on the specification of door hardware has received the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) assessment and approval, providing double learning points for architects and other construction professionals.

Masterson brings mastery to door hardware industry

Door fabricators, hardware manufacturers, suppliers and architectural ironmongers will be able to benefit from bespoke training support on a wide range of technical issues from this month, thanks to a new service from the Guild.

New RIBA Approved CPD - Ironmongery for fire and escape doors

A third RIBA approved CPD has been launched covering the subject of 'Ironmongery for fire and escape doors' and is now available to GAI Members. 


In the run up to this year’s exams, the GAI has been extremely thorough in its due diligence to appoint a new online examination provider. This selection process has taken a lot more time than we envisaged, and as a result – we are having to reschedule the date of Stage 1 and Stage 2 exams to THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER.

GAI AGM & Conference 2017 - Friday 5th May

Adopting a different format than previous years, the GAI AGM & Conference 2017 provided a compact but highly informative event for the industry into a days proceedings.

Kings Gate takes the crown in architectural ironmongery awards

A stunning residential project in London has been crowned the global ‘winner of winners’ in the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the GAI in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Ironmongery careers celebrated in AIJ

The stories of five architectural ironmongers are to be told in each issue of the AIJ in 2017.

What the Papers Say - Issue 2

  • 37 pieces of media and online coverage seen to date in 2017.
  • 362,000 estimated reach of your media coverage so far this year.
  • 6 new links created to the GAI's website from online media coverage so far this year.

Technical Briefing on Declarations of Performance

The Guild have published a new technical briefing document for its membership about the importance of maintaining Declarations of Performance (DoPs).

New vice chair elected at the IAI

Joanne Milne-Rowe has been appointed as the IAI new vice chair, following the announcement of her appointment Institute AGM on Saturday 4 March.

Institute names its star players

The best industry professionals and most promising newcomers within the international door hardware industry were recognised the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) Awards on 4 March.

Specification Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist has been published for the biennial Specification Awards, the most prestigious scheme to recognise the outstanding results achieved by architectural ironmongers and their clients worldwide.

New ways to learn and boost skills for door hardware experts around the world

New ways to access CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for architectural ironmongery professionals have been launched by the Guild and the Institute.

Exclusive Foundation in Hardware offer at Totally DIY and Tools Show

The Guild will be exhibiting at the Totally DIY and Tools Show on 14 and 15 February, at the Ricoh Arena.