Category Archives: Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades

Neaco glass balustrade maximizes views

The unobstructed outlook enabled by Neaco’s toughened glass panels makes them a popular balustrade specification for developments which enjoy impressive views. The latest example is a stunning collection of luxury apartments overlooking the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Wood you believe it – timber-style balustrade without the natural problems

Advances in wood-effect balustrade mean that architectural projects can enjoy timber’s aesthetic virtues without having to suffer its impracticalities. Peter Melia, UK Business Development Manager at neaco, explains…


A family run producer of bespoke staircases, balconies and railings is flying the flag for British quality-compliance, by becoming one of the first spiral stair manufacturers to achieve the CE Mark for its products. In achieving the CE (or Conformité Européenne) Mark, Derbyshire based British Spirals & Castings (BS&C) has put itself on the top rung, providing assurance that its manufacturing process meets the highest European standards.

Diapo, a design and manufacturer of bespoke architecture-led interior products

Active since 2000, Diapo is a Design and manufacturer of bespoke architecture-led interior products specialised in distinctive bespoke feature staircase and high-quality architectural metalwork.

Located in Canning Town in the heart of East London, Diapo has evolved from a rooted passion for industrial design and engineering capable of manufacturing a great variety of high-quality products to meet the demands of an exacting clientele.

Stair Nosing Specification Tools

Quantum Flooring, a leading UK manufacturer of Stair Nosings, have created a number of complimentary tools that help the specifier choose the correct profile when finishing off floorcovering edges on stairs. Assistance in selecting the correct stair nosing can easily be obtained from:

Premier Loft Ladders are pleased to announce a further edition to their range

Premier Loft Ladders are pleased to announce a further edition to their range – COLUMBUS Treppen- Profiline F30/F30 Plus/ F60

The Profiline F30/F30 Plus/F60 is a 3-part folding or 2 part sliding wooden ladder. It is a ready to fit unit complete with a trapdoor and hatchbox that has an all-round rubber seal.

‘Product of the Day’

Premier Loft Ladders are pleased to announce the Supreme stairway with a wooden hatchbox, insulated trapdoor and electrical operation as their “Product of the Day”

These are bespoke units made to suit the Customer’s specifications, though minimum opening hatch opening lengths and widths apply which are subject to the floor to ceiling height.

Bank Branch – Sheerness

A high street bank in Sheerness required a crucial building upgrade due to health and safety concerns. This required adding Stair Nosings in order to minimise potential slip hazards to their solid marble staircase which previously had no Stair Nosings.

Heslington West Campus, University of York

Kee Systems, a leading supplier of Kee Klamp® fittings, has provided the University of York with an effective safety solution for a 45 year old footbridge across the largest plastic bottomed lake in Europe which links the north and south sides of its Heslington West Campus.

Kingsdown Gate, Hyde Road, Stratton

Kingsdown Gate is a new residential development of 92 units by Barratt Homes on Hyde Road in Stratton, just north of Swindon. The new development features a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes; several of these feature USK 1500 Catnic Juliet balconies.

Designers go with the grain as demand surges for wood-effect balustrade

Neaco are experiencing a surge in demand for wood-effect handrails and balustrade following the specification of their Timberline system in a wide range of recent projects.

Tube Clamps – simple and easy to use

Tube Clamps are manufactured with simplicity and ease of use in mind. They involve no welding, bending, threading or special skills, requiring just an Allen key or ratchet key to tighten grub screws and join galvanised tubes in a matter of seconds.

Loft Centre products

The Klan Spiral Staircase is one of a range of nearly one hundred Spiral Staircases, Kit Stairs, Commercial Access and Loft Ladders that have been brought together in one place. The Loft Centre Products website has all the technical information that a busy Architect needs to source the best solution for a project, including electrically operated stairways.

Floating staircase in Central London

CANAL Architectural create a grand entrance for a Central London penthouse with two floating cantilever staircases leading the way to stunning views. With a brief to produce high end, contemporary access for the multi-storey penthouse, CANAL used their knowledge and engineering expertise to transform the initial design ideas into these two feature staircases and interior glass balustrade running throughout the apartment.

NEACO’s curved glass balconies featured at prestigious development

NEACO’s Spectrum balustrade has been specified with curved glass panels to form some stylish corner balcony terraces at Dove Tree Court, a luxury development of 33 Assisted Living apartments in Shirley, near Solihull, from McCarthy & Stone.

Blackburns’ Steel Color specified for lift cars

MarCo Specialist Interiors Ltd is an established company within the lift industry, specialising in the design and manufacture of bespoke lift interiors.

Passenger-moving vertical lifts – make an informed choice

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When it comes to the world of lifts, Stannah can be relied on. Almost 150 years of lift expertise really does mean they can give you the best advice when it comes to lift specification.

Pro-Railing™ – the stainless steel handrail component system

The Pro-Railing™ range of components is designed with simplicity of use in mind, providing stunning handrails or balustrades in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Stannah Lifts – maximising education for all

Stannah Lifts: has carried out a major turnkey lift refurbishment on behalf of Hall Green Secondary School, a co-educational Academy in Birmingham with a reputation for inclusion.

Neaco products now available in National BIM Library

Neaco’s Spectrum range of modular handrails, balustrade, balconies and structural glass is now available in the National BIM (Building Information Modelling) Library, the construction industry’s free-to-use online resource of NBS standard BIM content.

Steeling the Show at 100% Design

The architectural metalwork masters will be making a grand entrance at the 100% Design show at Earls Court, London for their 11th appearance.

However, when it comes to making an entrance grand, CANAL Architectural has the knowledge and engineering expertise to transform contemporary design ideas into magnificent metalwork structures that make impressive statements.

Playing pack horse in top toy store

It seems that The Entertainer – the biggest independent toy retailer in the UK – cannot get enough of Stannah’s Goodsmaster range of goods lifts.

Colwall Steel Fabrication Solutions turns architectural metalwork designs into reality

Employing skilled craftsmen and using modern day manufacturing techniques including laser cutting, Colwall Steel Fabrication Solutions produce high quality bespoke decorative structures in sheet metal and fabrications in stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel, turning architectural metalwork designs into reality.

New passenger lift range launched in 2013

Generation 2.0 – all change at Stannah Passenger Lifts
Out with the old and in with the new. Stannah are doing just that with their entire passenger lift range to give their customers clearly defined choices, value for money and improved performance. It’s a win-win range of quality lifts supplied with all the extra customer-care you would expect from Stannah.

Residential, Gledhow Gardens, London

Design & Display Structures were appointed by London based main contractor Syntec Projects to design detail, manufacture and install a complex GRP spiral stair cladding to fit around a primary steelwork structure at an exclusive house refurbishment in Gledhow Gardens, SW London.

Sapphire Balustrades selected for new state-of-the-art academy

Beautiful glass balustrades from Sapphire provide the perfect balance between high style and student-proof performance at the new £32 million Shoreham Academy in West Sussex.

Mini Line F30/F30 Plus (tested from the underside and from above)/F60

The Mini Line is a concertina stairway with 330 mm wide (x 80 mm) treads complete with a fire resistant hatchbox manufactured from 16 mm chipboard to give either a 30 or 60 minute fire resistance. The F30 and F60 are tested from below whilst the F30 Plus is 30 minute fire resistant from above as well as below.

Warmagrip™ – the only true “warm to the touch” DDA compliant handrail component system

Exclusive to F.H. Brundle, Warmagrip™ is the only true “warm to the touch” hand railing component system that meets DDA obligations.

Bison ‘Steps Up’ to energy from waste project

Bison Manufacturing Ltd, the UK’s leading precast concrete manufacturer, has supplied its market leading precast concrete stairs for the construction of a new multi-million pound renewable energy facility near Wolverhampton.

Stannah – creating access to arts and entertainment

A Stannah Midilift XLplus platform lift is making sure that people of all mobility levels can access the varied arts and entertainments on offer in the recently renovated John Peel Centre of Creative Arts in Stowmarket, Suffolk.