About Charles Laing & Sons Foundry

Charles Laing & Sons Ltd is a long established brass and iron foundry located in Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city. Laing’s foundry excels in architectural conservation with a proven track record in both national and international projects. The company was established in 1920 by Charles Laing on the west side of beaverbank Place .

Our work can be seen across the UK and far afield as Australia, Faroe Islands, and New York.

The skills and craftsmanship of the Laing family has been handed down through three generations, the current managing director being Andrew Laing. In the early days, much of the work was done using brass, supporting the shipping industry in nearby Leith. Work now includes bronze trophies, commemorative plaques, cast iron street lamps, railings and other street furniture.

 

Architectural Conservation

By developing its use of traditional methods for modern markets its work on architectural conservation and heritage projects has played a major part in the development of Charles Laing & Sons’ business.

Laing’s foundry focuses on meeting the needs of customers who demand the specialist craft skills often no longer undertaken by larger foundries. The experience of Laing’s highly skilled staff allows the foundry to create high quality one-offs to production requirements.

 

Traditional Skills

Laings believes it is the last jobbing foundry in Britain to use the traditional green sand process.Laing’s youngest employee – 17 year old Frank Montgomery – is Scotland’s only traditional green sand apprentice moulder. By retaining its traditional skills, Laing’s demonstrates its confidence in future demand for quality iron and brass craftsmanship and foundry skills.

Frank Montgomery displays his handiwork, a roof terminal manufactured using the traditional Green Sand Process.

 

Frank Montgomery with a traditional roof terminal