Wardray Premise

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Wardray Premise 1909-2009

Wardray Premise: Company History


In 1909, John Wardley, having served an apprenticeship as a Carpenter in Finborough, Suffolk came to London and purchased a small business. In the early days a large part of his time was spent in making butterfly cases selling at 3/6d each but the business gradually developed and eventually top quality installations were undertaken in West End Theatres, Hotels and Restaurants.

In 1928 John’s two sons Bob (R.J.) and Jim (F.J.) joined the business which continued to flourish.

Bob Wardley
Bob Wardley

A chance meeting in the mid 1930’s with an executive from the Victor X-Ray Corporation gave the company the first opportunity to manufacture lead lined panelling and after the Second World War this part of the business rapidly expanded and X-Ray Protection became an important activity within the organisation.

The specialist joinery work was also still in considerable demand and in 1957 a new factory was built at Bakers Row near Clerkenwell.

Bob (R.B.) son of Jim joined the Company In 1959 which by now was undertaking large Medical and Industrial X-Ray Protective installations alongside contracts for the complete renovation of Embassies and similar West End Buildings.

1973 marked a significant change of direction when Wardray Products (Clerkenwell) Ltd, was formed to combine the marketing of the already established X-Ray Protective Products with a range of other X-Ray Accessories and Dark Room Equipment.

This extremely successful expansion of the business was marred only by the premature death of Bob Senior (R.J.) in 1975.

Continual progress saw expansion in 1977 of our premises at Bakers Row and the acquisition of a warehouse at Chessington, which became the base and despatch point of all our stock items.

In 1983 we established our service division, initially and specifically for Fuji Medical X-Ray Products but now offering a wider nationwide engineering support for patient monitors and similar equipment.

Autumn 1987 saw the relocation of all activities from Clerkenwell and Chessington premises to a much larger and modern Factory / Warehouse / Office facility in Thames Ditton, Surrey.

Sadly, early in the following year, Jim Wardley died. His technical expertise and dedication spanning over 50 years had contributed so much to the Company’s success.

In 1989 we celebrated 80 years trading and the arrival of the fourth generation of the family as Bob’s daughter, Justine, joined the company.

In 1992 we designed and installed our first aluminium RF cage for the MRI facility at Ross Hall, Glasgow.

In 1997 we obtained the Quality Assurance Certificate ISO9001:2008 and the registration under Directive 89/686/EEC Article 11B for our X-Ray protective clothing confirms our commitment to continue to provide well designed, high quality products together with a reliable, efficient and friendly service.

In September 1998 we took the opportunity to purchase Premise Limited; well respected competitors and rivals in our core Radiation Shielding business and in June 1999 we completed the consolidation of our two organisations onto the Thames Ditton site and from then on traded as Wardray Premise Ltd.

In 2003 Sheila Wardley (Bob’s daughter-in-law) joined the company.

In 2007 we achieved certification under Exova BM Trada for FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council ®) which is the most widely recognised global scheme. This scheme helps Wardray promote the use of sustainable timber and timber products from well managed forests. Our Environmental Policy highlights our commitment to continual improvement in our environmental performance.

2007 also saw the opening of our new factory and office premises in Mytholmroyd, near Halifax. The “Wardray North” facility produces our MR products and undertakes bespoke engineering projects.

In 2008 we designed and installed the shielding for the UK’s first Cyberknife facility in Harley Street, London.

In 2009 the Company celebrated 100 years of trading. Sheila became Managing Director, Justine added the role of Operations Director to her duties and Bob was appointed Chairman.

In July 2011 we received formal accreditation under ISO13485:2003 for the design and manufacture of MR devices, as the result of hard work and dedication of many of our staff, continuing our aim to provide ‘Quality without Compromise’.

Sustainability Policy


With the growing concern for the protection of the environment and depletion of the rainforests, Wardray Premise strive to promote responsible sourcing of timber and timber-based products from well-managed forests. We offer a wide range of products under our Chain of Custody system (CoC); this allows traceability of timbers supplied under certified schemes.

We have achieved certification under Exova BM Trada for FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) [FSC-C021476], which is the most widely recognised (global) scheme.

We met this by implementing and maintaining the following Chain of Custody standards:

  • FSC®: FSC-STD-40-004 V3-0

Please consult the following pages for information about our products that are covered under this Chain of Custody standard.

FSC® Certificate

Please ensure that our estimating department are advised of any sustainability requirements. This will ensure that our quotations reflect customer specifications. Products supplied under our CoC are subject to special order and availability of timber and timber products.

Environmental Policy


Wardray Premise Limited is a long established company, specialising in the manufacture of all types of Radiation Shielding for medical and industrial applications. We provide a Total Radiation Shielding Package, from design through manufacturing, installation and post contract support. As a company we operate a programme of continual improvement in our environmental performance.

We are committed to environmental issues and will ensure that our company complies with relevant legislation. It is company policy to ensure that the business has the least harmful effect on the environment. The company will strive to ‘follow’ the systems as stipulated in ISO 14001.

We will continue to use various outside organisations, such as The Environment Agency and DEFRA as a useful source for information to ensure that we adhere to current legislation and to show our ongoing commitment to environmental issues.

With the growing concern for the protection of the environment and depletion of the rainforests, as a company we are striving to promote responsible sourcing of timber and timber based products from well managed forests. Wardray Premise Limited are accredited and certificated by The Forestry Commission and committed to minimising, re-using and recycling waste where possible.

We have achieved certification under Exova BM Trada for FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) which is the most widely recognised global scheme.

We are a member of the WEEEcare compliance scheme, which ensures that any electrical equipment we sell to businesses, is collected, re used, recycled or disposed of correctly when it has reached the end of its shelf life.

Any material used or generated, that is classified as Hazardous Waste, under the Hazardous Waste Regulations, will be disposed of in accordance with this legislation. Substances considered, Hazardous to Health, under, the COSHH Regulations, will also be stored, used and disposed of correctly. We strive to recycle as much waste generated as possible.

Wardray Premise will aim to reduce pollution produced in areas of our business activities. This will be carried out in various ways, such as, periodically assessing air quality, maintenance / servicing of all LEV installed and carrying out of relevant risk assessments.

Employee involvement in all environmental matters is encouraged. We have a commitment to disseminate information regarding our Environmental Policy Statement to all staff.

Quality and Safety Policy


The Company's philosophy is Quality Without Compromise. We are committed to supplying products and services that meet the needs of the customer in terms of safety and cost without compromising on quality. This philosophy runs through the entire organisation from product design and manufacturing to sales and customer care.

Quality affects everything we do, from the first contact with potential customers to the despatch and final installation of the finished product.

You can be assured that all our products comply with the relevant safety and legal standards. We have the following accreditations:

  • ISO 9001:2015, together with formal certification under Personnel Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC Article 11B, EC Type examination covering our X-ray Protective Clothing. SGS UK Ltd. is the notified body.

  • EN ISO 13485:2012 represents the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices. External accreditation ensures that we demonstrate the quality system is implemented and maintained. All our medical devices have a Certificate of Conformity allowing the CE marking and therefore the permission to sell the medical device in the EU.

Terms and Conditions



Unless otherwise stated in an offer or subsequently agreed and confirmed by us in writing, the following terms and conditions set the legal obligations we will owe to each other. These terms do not affect your Statutory Rights. You confirm that you have relied on no other representation or warranty (save any which are fraudulent). These terms, therefore, take precedence over any other conditions. The only parties able to sue under this contract will be you and us. This is written in accordance with English law which will have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.

Our Obligations

The [quotation/order confirmation] sets out what we have contracted to deliver. If your specifications change you must advise us and we will amend the price and delivery times accordingly.

Order and Payment Terms

All payment terms are subject to satisfactory financial references, otherwise pro-forma or advance payments may be required. This obligation cannot be affected by whether the Employer has made payments to the Main Contractor. Where interim payments are requested, in accordance with valuations, but payments not received we may stop work until such payments are made. We can accept payment by credit card.

Our minimum order level is £50 (plus VAT). Unless otherwise stated any invoice must be paid within 30 days. We reserve the right to claim statutory interest at 8% above the Bank of England reference rate in force on the date the debt becomes overdue and at any subsequent rate where the reference rate changes and the debt remains unpaid in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 as amended and supplemented by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002. We also reserve the right to pass on charges for third party collection fees.

Legal and beneficial title to goods supplied by us will not transfer to you until payment has been received (and in the case of cheques; cleared). We reserve the right to enter your premises, or that of your client, to re-possess such goods for which payment has not been received.

Incorrect Orders

Sympathetic consideration will always be given to re-stocking items which have been incorrectly ordered, but many of our products are purpose made and are not easy to re-sell. When we agree to accept returned goods, and assuming that we receive them carriage paid and in good condition, a credit note will be issued for the original ex works value less 15% re-stocking charge.

Delivery times

These are given in good faith but rely on all relevant information being supplied to us prior to manufacture. On receipt of such information every effort will be made to meet requested delivery/installation requirements. We cannot be held responsible for any delays outside our immediate control.

Your Obligations

When we are working on site you have an obligation to advise us of any factor that may hinder us or is a potential danger to our workers. You agree to be responsible for the health and safety of our workers while they are on site. This includes having employers liability insurance in place which is acceptable to us.

Where materials are supplied but not installed by us, it is your responsibility to store purchases correctly and in accordance with our instructions in a safe clean environment. Installation should then be carried out in accordance with recommendations set out in our Product Data Sheets and Method Statements (copies of which are supplied with goods or are available on request only after an order has been placed).

The Liability of Wardray Premise Limited

Except for our negligence that causes death or personal injury we will not be held responsible for any loss which you suffer as a result of our negligence or failure to abide by our contractual obligations. You are under an obligation to advise us of any defects or shortcomings in our work and we will rectify the defect in question.

If we are held liable then our exposure will not exceed the monies payable by you to us under this contract.