Whether part of a feature staircase or simply as a standalone item, handrail systems play an important role both in terms of safety but also aesthetically by making this practical item part of the design concept.
Due to building regulations, handrails are normally required on staircases in commercial and domestic properties, unless a structural balustrade is sufficient enough for the loading regulations.
This is also the case when providing edge protection around voids. Because of this, Canal Architectural place great emphasis on handrail design, creating bespoke pieces that add to the overall design rather than diminish them.
On a handrail-only project, Canal begin by conducting an accurate survey in which to base subsequent drawings and structural analysis on.
Once a design is approved, handrails are crafted in the chosen material for the project. Canal then offer full installation services through our dedicated specialist teams.
On more extensive projects, requiring additional items such as stairs and balustrade, handrails are considered from the start as an architectural feature in themselves.
Stair handrails can be designed in a variety of shapes and sizes and are profiled to fit the unique shapes of our staircases.
Canal can manufacture their bespoke handrails to suit many different styles of staircases including; straight, mitred, wide helical, narrow helical, spiral or other shape.
Canal offer a range of materials when designing a handrail. Mild steel and stainless steel handrails are often chosen. These metals can be used in a variety of finishes whether bare metal, painted or clad.
Canal also offer an extensive library of timber samples, which can be crafted into exquisite shapes, while maintaining practicality.
More recently, leather handrails have become a popular choice providing a sumptuous tactile finish. Here Canal begins by forming a bespoke handrail section which is designed specifically to the project in hand, then uses hand stitched fine leather to clad the handrail and achieve a quality finish.
Further material and finish ideas for your handrail could be:
Painted/Site Spray Mild Steel
Galvanised Mild Steel
Canal has their sample of handrails and material library at their London Showroom, located in the thriving district of Clerkenwell (EC1). Alternatively, there is a range of handrail designs and finishes on the Projects Showcase.