Meet The Canal Team

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Canal Architectural has a heritage of design innovation, quality manufacture and efficient installation that stretches back to our formation in 1924. The Canal team represents a group of passionate and industry leading professionals that continually push the creative boundaries in metalwork fabrication to achieve the most captivating solutions. Our combined and unique experience in metalwork fabrication means we will work with you to bring the most complex architectural metalwork designs to life.

Rikki Jones – Sales Manager

Rikki works closely with project managers, designers and technicians to develop complex and imaginative design solutions on all projects. An accomplished and enthusiastic leader with a proven track record of delivering each project with skill, professionalism and originality.

Technical Sales Manager – Mike Godbert

Mike has over 30 years experience in fabrication and today he manages large-scale architectural metalwork projects across a variety of industry sectors. An innovative problem solver that works with clients to develop solutions within the latest industry standards.

Senior Estimator – David Tomlinson

David started out his career in the engineering workshop and worked his way up to the estimating department. He has been with Canal for over 13 years, sourcing costs for planned projects and negotiating the best prices for clients.

If you’d like more information on our products please email our sales team directly or head over to our website. Alternatively if you wish to speak to Rikki regarding a recent project email rikkijones@canalengineering.co.uk directly for more information.

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Staircase design for the evolving commercial landscape

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What is the role of staircase design for commercial spaces in 2021?

Office spaces have completely changed over the past year as businesses begin to adapt to the evolving working environment. At Canal we are beginning to see a shift occurring in office developments along with the approach to commercial interior and architectural design. The staircase is a fundamental for requirement for businesses to connect spaces and people together. At Canal Architectural we understand staircase designs greatly enhance communication and connection within the workplace.

Our greatest strength is turning your design brief into reality and we’ve supplied some unique metalwork solutions to some of the UK’s most iconic commercial properties and developments.

Here are some of the most notable commercial staircase designs we offer:

Helical

This grand sweeping staircase design is an ideal solution for joining office floors out into an atrium and suitable for spaces with a larger footprint. A helical staircase is one of the most exquisite yet dramatic designs with its graceful, flowing arc.

Recently, the team at Canal were approached to manufacture and install an impressive bespoke helical staircase for the WD40 European headquarters. The client requested that the feature staircase connected three floors and reception desk inside the main central building. The structure was manufactured in high quality mild steel with a raw oiled finish applied to blend with the brand identity.

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Straight

The straight staircase design certainly doesn’t mean boring. There are many possibilities from half turn, quarter turn, open riser, floating treads, central spine and many more. The team at Canal have designed an array of straight staircase designs for numerous types of commercial developments.

Recently, the team at Canal completed a stunning feature staircase for ROMO Fabrics headquarters in Nottinghamshire.  The commercial space was designed to consolidate all elements of the business from process and storage space into one stunning headquarters. This mild steel structure is the centrepiece of the atrium with MDF clad over the frame and features a wax finish.

Another notable commercial straight staircase design was for a contemporary London office development – Phipp Street. The combination of mild steel, laser cut risers and all wax finish blended perfectly with the modernised commercial surroundings.

straight Feature stair

Spiral

A few businesses are opting for smaller commercial spaces to achieve flexible working environments for employees. The spiral staircase design offers a dramatic connection between spaces with its circular plan and winding treads. The design is perfectly adept and suits smaller office environments due to its smaller footprint and space saving design. The central steel column creates a solid and more stable structure that can be applied to a range of styles.

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Canal Architectural combine excellent design and functionality to create unique staircases to suit your commercial space. Our highly experienced technical sales team at Canal are adept to solving problems that may arise in designing your new staircase to suit your environment. Our project management team will work with you to maintain workflow processes and keep you updated on each stage of the design and build.

If you would like more information on staircase designs to suit the evolving commercial environment email: canal@canalengineering.co.uk or head over to our website to chat to one our technical advisors.

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Canal Architectural has a heritage of design innovation, quality manufacture and efficient installation that stretches back to our formation in 1924. The Canal team represents a group of passionate and industry leading professionals that continually push the creative boundaries in metalwork fabrication to achieve the most captivating solutions. Our combined and unique experience in metalwork fabrication means we will work…


Staircase Hall Of Fame

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The team at Canal Architectural have completed some of the most innovative and breath-taking staircase installations across the UK and overseas. Canal Architectural as part of Canal Engineering has a heritage of design innovation, quality manufacture and efficient installation dating back to 1924. Our unsurpassed expertise in architectural metalwork forms part of everything we do and each new commission presents a new opportunity to be creative.

Our bespoke architectural metalwork has graced an array of sectors from commercial, private residential, public spaces, universities, restaurants, theatres, retail outlets and many more. 

View some of our greatest architectural metalwork project achievements from our extensive portfolio:

WD40

The team at Canal were approached by the client and design team at Collins Construction to manufacture an impressive bespoke staircase for the WD40 European headquarters.

The client requested a feature staircase that connected three floors and reception area inside the main building. The technical sales team at Canal worked closely with the client to address the finer details including building regulations, existing constraints, structurals, logistics and overall aesthetics. The client requested the staircase to be manufactured in mild steel with a raw oiled finish to blend with their brand identity. This project was a unique piece of engineering for the team at Canal Architectural with its dynamic design and unique helical design. Canal were extremely proud to have worked with the team at Collins Construction on this remarkable and exclusive project.

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Regents Crescent

Canal Architectural recently manufactured and installed a grand sweeping staircase structure to the iconic, Regents Crescent in London. The Grade I listed building houses 67 luxury residences, 9 Garden Villas, including private gardens and 5-star amenities.

The centre of the Crescent features a magnificent double-height entrance lobby with three helical staircases. The grand, sweeping helical staircase design created a real connection between the floors and every spindle unique in design to create fluidity and movement in the installation. All three staircases were site sprayed and featured an anolok bronze finish for a contemporary look. The overall design aesthetic reflected the elegance and grandeur of the Regency period. This project was a remarkable accomplishment for the team at Canal Architectural, the increased creativity and precision in metalwork fabrication means the most complex architectural designs such as Regents Crescent can be brought to life. 

Ogier

The architects ORM of London approached Canal Architectural to design a complex and magnificent, commercial helical staircase. This incredible staircase was installed at the Jersey office of International Corporate and Finance Law company; Ogier. The installation team fully welded the structure together on site to prevent any defects from occurring. Structurally this was a difficult task as the atrium ascends to a square opening and much bigger than the staircase diameter. The upper floor was decked out with architectural steelwork; creating a circular opening strong enough to support the load of the floating staircase. The team worked closely with Milk Structures to complete the project to the highest standard; making it one of the most iconic Canal projects of all time.

Ogier bespoke helical staircase

Mayfair Park

Canal Architectural were approached to manufacture and install this elegant helical staircase for a prestigious development in Mayfair. This private penthouse apartment is located in London’s most impressive district with views over the iconic Hyde Park in Mayfair.

The mild steel structure featured oak laminated treads with a timber oak handrail and a curved, glass balustrade. LED lights were installed to the underside of the tread to illuminate the staircase and create an elegant ambience.  Again, a stunning piece of architecture from the team at Canal Architectural and installed in one of the most prestigious locations.

Our greatest strength lies in turning your design brief into reality and we have supplied unique metalwork solutions to some of the UK’s most prestigious buildings including the Shard, Heathrow, Bonhams, Coca Cola and the Express Newspaper building. Which is your favourite project from Canal Architectural? View our wide range of residential and commercial projects via our online portfolio.

If you would like to discuss your latest architectural metalwork project please email canal@canalengineering.co.uk for more information.

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Canal Architectural has a heritage of design innovation, quality manufacture and efficient installation that stretches back to our formation in 1924. The Canal team represents a group of passionate and industry leading professionals that continually push the creative boundaries in metalwork fabrication to achieve the most captivating solutions. Our combined and unique experience in metalwork fabrication means we will work…


Innovative Architectural Metalwork

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Architects and designers are exploring unique ways to create innovative, structural installations achieved through architectural metalwork fabrication. The increased creativity and precision in metalwork fabrication means the most complex architectural designs can be brought to life. There are numerous ways to utilise bespoke architectural metalwork in both interior and exterior spaces including the use of laser cut decorative screens, balconies, canopies sculptures and many more.

The process involves the manufacturing of constructions from raw materials such as formed and expanded metal, sectional or flat metal, structures and fittings. The main techniques used in bespoke metalwork fabrication include welding, cutting, spinning and forming.  Bespoke metalwork can be utilised on the following installations:

  • Laser cut metal panels are versatile and therefore makes them suited to interior decor as well as any exterior environment. Bespoke laser cut screens can be incorporated into interior spaces and utilised as room dividers, wall features, door shutters as well as feature balustrades. These panels can also be utilised in external spaces such as balconies, gardens and privacy screens.
  • Balconies are perfect for creating additional floor space and increasing the functionality of the building which can be found in private housing, apartment blocks and more. Many architectural metalwork styles can be incorporated into a balcony construction including traditional, minimalist to contemporary structures.
  • Canopies are stylish and practical solutions to providing all-year round protection from the elements. These bespoke metalwork designs are eye-catching as well inviting; creating the ideal style statement for guests and visitors.
  • Sculptures push the vision in architecture, design and engineering by bringing unique designs concepts to life. Bespoke metalwork provides a steady framework for many art pieces, sculptures and architectural structures.

The stripped back minimal and industrial finishes are rising in popularity with architects and designers for bespoke metalwork. This finish is the ultimate crowd pleaser to anyone who loves their space and in need of injecting character and texture into their unique installation and landscape.

At Canal we have invested in our manufacturing capabilities with our state-of-the-art purpose-built facility to cope with all the demands of architectural metalwork. Our facility is approximately 57,480sq ft and we employ over 120 highly experienced and skilled employees. We continue to invest in the very latest technology and have recently installed a brand-new Amada 3kW fibre laser cutting machine capable of cutting 20mm mild steel complete with an integral loading and stacking system.

Canal Engineering has a wealth of experience in metalwork, reputation for design innovation and commitment to quality that has made us the preferred supplier for British-made metalwork fabrication since 1924. Canal Architectural, a division of Canal Engineering has been designing, fabricating and installing bespoke architectural metalwork for over 30 years.

If you wish to chat one of Technical Sales Team regarding any bespoke architectural metalwork projects, please email: canal@canalengineering.co.uk for more information.

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Top 5 residential staircase projects

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At Canal we have a wealth of experience and reputation for design innovation in supplying to the residential sector. Canal Architectural provides exceptional standards and high quality finishes every time. Our greatest strength lies in turning your design brief into reality. We take on board all of your specification requirements to ensure that the finished product is functional, practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Our bespoke architectural metalwork has been supplied to some of the UK’s most prestigious properties in Kensington, Chelsea, Richmond, Mayfair, Cheshire, Wimbledon and many more.

It’s difficult to choose from our extensive catalogue of projects but we have reviewed some of our most prestigious examples from the past few years.

Here are our top five staircase designs:

High Peak

This staircase was recently installed in a new development in the jewel of the Peak District. Canal Architectural worked with James Darwent Architecture to design and manufacture a bespoke, curved cantilevered staircase. The mild steel staircase structure featured 16 timber treads with 20mm spindles and handrail, incorporating an all wax finish. The result was minimalist staircase structure that blended perfectly with the rustic and contemporary elements of the property.

Langham Place

Canal Architectural were approached to supply and fit 14 feature staircases to the iconic BBC Television Building apartments. The Grade II listed building in White City, West London was converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites.

This particular staircase design was manufactured in mild steel featuring folded steel plate treads. The landing balustrade featured toughened and laminated glass that was bonded to the steel channel underneath the floor level. The staircase was site sprayed in matte black to blend with the contemporary surroundings.

Yew Tree

This bespoke, feature staircase was for the homeowner of a luxury apartment in the Liverpool area. The property owner worked alongside the technical sales team to design a staircase to access the upper balcony area of the apartment. The final result was a modern cantilever staircase solution with dark stainless oak treads and a laminated glass balustrade. The property owner commented “Their true professionalism was evident from the start with a “can do” attitude, nothing of the clients wishes was too much for the team…a brilliant eye for perfection created what is a magnificent staircase…if I may say”

Stroud Green

Canal were approached to design and manufacture a mild steel staircase for a high-end property in London. The client worked closely with the team to design a contemporary and luxurious antique bronze staircase that provided access to the upper floors of the property. The staircase was bronze plated and featured a leather wrapped handrail for a luxurious design. The final result was a minimalist staircase structure that blended perfectly with the classic features of the property. 

Stables

The features on this staircase for a property in Kent remain popular, adding glass into a staircase can help to accentuate the most beautiful features of your staircase design. The architect wanted to allow as much light to permeate throughout the property as possible which meant incorporating extensive amounts of glass into the design. The specification required a contemporary staircase structure with glass balustrades and treads.

Which one is your favourite residential staircase design? For more information on our bespoke staircase solutions please email canal@canalengineering.co.uk or visit our website.

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Meet The Canal Team

Canal Architectural has a heritage of design innovation, quality manufacture and efficient installation that stretches back to our formation in 1924. The Canal team represents a group of passionate and industry leading professionals that continually push the creative boundaries in metalwork fabrication to achieve the most captivating solutions. Our combined and unique experience in metalwork fabrication means we will work…