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Feature staircases for luxury apartments at BBC Television Building  

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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 recently converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites.

This first apartment staircase was manufactured in mild steel and featured folded steel plate treads, clad in timber. The landing balustrade featured toughened and laminated glass that was bonded into the steel channel beneath the floor level. The staircase was site sprayed in matte black to blend perfectly with the contemporary elements of the penthouse apartment.

Another apartment featured a mild steel staircase with American white oak treads with a site spray matte white finish. The stunning yet minimal visual look of the staircase blended perfectly with the newly renovated apartment. The Canal site team worked closely with the contractor for a smooth delivery and to ensure the specification met all current UK staircase building regulations.

For more information on our residential solutions sector solutions visit canal.eu.com for more information.

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Feature staircases for luxury apartments at BBC Television Building  

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 recently converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites. This first apartment staircase was manufactured in mild steel and featured folded steel plate treads, clad in timber….


Reimagine your stairs

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A striking staircase design is the focal point of your walkthrough and should blend seamlessly with the rest of your interior. Not only should the design impact and complement your interior space but it should also be practical.  The team of technical experts at Canal have put together a short guide of points to consider when designing your staircase.

As highlighted in our previous blog attention must be paid to the current UK staircase regulations and whether you’re replacing an existing staircase or incorporating an entirely new design you should be aware of the regulatory implications first.

First steps

The first step is to understand your own priorities, is it cost, shape, material or finish, etc. Obviously these are connected but understanding your first priority can pave the way for managing your expectations.  At Canal we can offer a turnkey design, fabrication and installation package including all elements of your staircase including treads, balustrades and handrails.

Consider your style

Whether you are looking for something more traditional or modern, staircase trends are continually changing. The new staircase trends offer all the inspiration needed to reinvent your staircase design. The combination of classic and modern features, mixing styles and finishes into the staircase design is emerging. A few of these include exposed metal, feature balustrades and the ever popular cantilever staircase design.

Types of staircases

There is an array of staircase types to consider for your space from straight to spiral, helix and u-shape staircases. Of course, many of these options will need to suit your property or development.  These are a list of the most popular staircase shapes:

  • Straight stairs are exactly as they sound with no curves or corners from one end to the other. They’re also one of the easier types to use and install and is one of the most popular options. Although common they’re far from ordinary, many styles can be incorporated into straight staircase designs from cantilever, folded, through to central spine staircase styles.
  • Spiral stairs generally wrap around a central pole the space taken is reduced and support structures aren’t needed for this type of staircase.
  • U-shaped stairs consist of two parallel flights of stairs joined by a landing, creating a 180-degree turn. They are ideally suited to smaller spaces for a resting point between floors
  • Helix stairs are similar to a spiral, but the central pole is removed allowing the stair to be opened out creating a more flowing, freestanding structure, effortlessly enticing you to another level.
  • Winder stairs turn corners and are particularly popular in townhouse developments. They’re compact and take up less space than L-shaped stairs for a seamless transition.

As the focal point of your home and the passageway to another level of your interior, the staircase is a beautiful and elegant structure. If you would like more information on our staircase designs please contact our technical sales team on canal@canalengineering.co.uk for more information.

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Feature staircases for luxury apartments at BBC Television Building  

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 recently converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites. This first apartment staircase was manufactured in mild steel and featured folded steel plate treads, clad in timber….


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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Feature staircases for luxury apartments at BBC Television Building  

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 recently converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites. This first apartment staircase was manufactured in mild steel and featured folded steel plate treads, clad in timber….


Top staircase trends 2021

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As we get closer to 2021 new staircase trends offer all the inspiration needed to reinvent your staircase design. Over the past year, homeowners, architects and designers have placed growing importance on bespoke, sustainable and elegant staircase design trends. The combination of classic and modern features, mixing styles and finishes into the staircase design is emerging in 2021. Neutral based tones on staircases suit any interior style and blend perfectly with the wellness style designs due to explode in popularity.

These are the top emerging trends for the year ahead:

Exposed metal

The great outdoors has become a source of inspiration for architects in 2020 and this is set to continue throughout next year. There has been a huge surge in the design world for staircases that connect the indoor space with the outside world. The stripped back, industrial finishes of raw steel has risen in popularity with homeowners and designers. This finish is a crowd pleaser, appealing to anyone who loves their interior space but wants to inject character and texture into their staircase design.

The feature balustrade

The balustrade is the barrier to protect the open edge of the staircase or stair void. Homeowners are using balustrades to bring their own unique expression and style to the staircase.

One trend proving particularly popular with the homeowners is the flat bar spindles as featured on our Stroud Green project. The contemporary antique bronze staircase featured simple, monochromatic lines for a sleek and modern twist.

Light flow

Adding glass into a staircase or balustrade can help accentuate the most beautiful features of your space, illuminating the luxurious feel of texture in your staircase design. The translucent, glass stairs are a gleaming architectural gem, making your space look bright and open.  A glass staircase is also a great option to allow natural light flow to permeate throughout your property.

A great example of this is the Stables feature staircase installed at a residential property in Kent. There were extensive amounts of glass incorporated in the design to add an unobstructed and visual look in the property.

Cantilever floating staircases

This stylish staircase trend looks to remain popular in 2021, the cantilever staircase is a uniquely intelligent piece of architecture and engineering.  For the homeowner whose tastes are sharply on-trend and modern this particular design, with its tasteful lines and floating style, is a staple for the new year. The beauty of the design as a concept, however, lies in its ability to curve and twist around any space in the house – from a half turn around the wall, to a seamless quarter-turn for bespoke design. Crafted from a wide range of natural materials, the cantilever style adds a contemporary twist to any property design.

As the centrepiece of your home and the passageway to another level of your interior, the staircase is a beautiful and elegant structure, If you would like more information on staircase designs please email canal@canalengineering.co.uk

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Feature staircases for luxury apartments at BBC Television Building  

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 recently converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites. This first apartment staircase was manufactured in mild steel and featured folded steel plate treads, clad in timber….


Top 5 commercial metalwork projects

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At Canal Architectural we have over 30 years experience in designing bespoke metalwork solutions for the commercial sector. From high-end staircases to bespoke architectural metalwork for commercial and public spaces including offices, universities, restaurants, theatres and retail outlets. Our greatest strength lies in turning your design brief into reality and we’ve supplied some unique metalwork solutions to some of the UK’s most iconic commercial properties including the Shard, Heathrow, Bonhams, Coca Cola and the Express Newspaper building.

Take a look at some of our greatest architectural metalwork project achievements from our commercial portfolio:

WD40

The WD40 project is one of our most impressive bespoke staircase projects from the past year. The client requested a feature staircase that connected three floors together as well as reception desk to the outside of the main central building. The technical sales team at Canal worked closely with the client to address the finer details such as regulations, existing constraints, structural, logistics and overall aesthetics. The staircase design was manufactured in mild steel with a raw oiled finish to blend with their company’s overall brand identity. Canal were extremely proud to have worked with the team on this exclusive project and to see the entire project come to fruition.

Bespoke Metalwork

Vitners Place

Canal were approached to manufacture and install weathering steel planters for a roof terrace at Vintners Place in Central London. Architects TP Bennett specified bespoke steel planters to be fitted to the extensive urban terrace situated on the 6th floor, featuring panoramic views of the River Thames and London. Canal Architectural worked closely with main contractor Parkeray to install the weathering steel planters across the 7,000 sq ft terrace. The inner frame was finished in galvanised steel to act as a protective layer and the cladding was chemically rusted for a naturally weathered appearance.

Buns & Buns

This bespoke polished copper gantry was located at a fine food restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. The Buns & Buns project involved removing an existing restaurant and replacing it with a steel structure to house a new theatre kitchen, bar and seating area. The team at Canal worked alongside Michaelis Boyd Associates to design a bespoke copper gantry for the bar area. The mild steel construction was plated in copper and polished, the overall aesthetic was inspired by urban design trends.

Kentish Old Road

This beautiful quarter landing staircase was installed at a Camden office in North West London. As part of the brief the client requested an industrial vintage staircase design that complemented the interior of the commercial space. The staircase featured an extensive walkway with mild steel, laser cut infill panels and timber handrail. The wax prevented the steel from rusting whilst maintaining its existing quality and character. The handrail was finished in American White Oak and stained to match the overall surroundings of the space.

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

If you would like any more information on commercial projects please email: canal@canalengineeirng.co.uk

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Feature staircases for luxury apartments at BBC Television Building  

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 recently converted into luxury apartments and penthouse suites. This first apartment staircase was manufactured in mild steel and featured folded steel plate treads, clad in timber….