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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A long-standing collaborative relationship with Modus Workspace

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Canal Architectural are proud to have a long-standing collaborative relationship with leading design and build firm, Modus Workspace. Canal has worked directly with Modus to engineer exquisite architectural metalwork designs for some of the UK’s most prestigious projects over the years. A few of these include Mitie at the Shard, William Hill, Tag Worldwide, Embassy Project and many more.

Our long-standing relationship with Modus began over a decade ago when Canal Engineering Sales Director, Lee Hunt was approached by Matthew Short, Director at Modus for the design, manufacture and install of a feature staircase for Benedict Street. Lee attended design meetings with Modus Workspace to review all design aspects of the bespoke, feature staircase. These meetings ensured concept designs were scoped out, including materials, size, configuration, regulations and structural calculations. The drawing office team worked closely with the design team from Modus to create 3D models along with the virtual render, allowing the client to visualise exactly how the staircase will look in a simulated environment. Lee Hunt commented on the benefits of the Canal and Modus design and development process “Great designers determine exactly what they need and Canal engineer the design – achieving a great collaborative process from day one”

Canal Architectural and Modus Workspace are currently in the process of engineering a luxury four floor staircase structure for Numis Securities. The 50,000 sq ft of commercial space in the heart of London is due to be completed in summer, 2021. The mild steel structure features oak timber box type treads, painted stringers with a bronze metallic balustrade and a wrapped brown leather handrail. The structure is currently in the process of getting fitted and painted on site by our highly skilled installation team.

Working with Modus Workspace has always been a seamless process due to their expert vision and track record of delivering transformative projects for clients. 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. All of these elements combined ensure successful delivery and exceptional outcomes for our clients every time.

At Canal we look forward to many more years of creating outstanding architectural metalwork designs and working on successful collaborative office fit outs with the talented team at Modus Workspace.

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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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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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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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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…