Stair Materials:
Powder Coated Mild Steel, Timber
Balustrade Materials:
Glass, Stainless Steel, Galvanised Steel
Handrail Materials:
Stainless Steel


In many projects, it is crucial for the Canal team to meet all aesthetic and regulatory requirements, in particular this roof top stainless steel glass balustrade.

It had to comply with BS6399; loadings for residential balustrade, adhere to the 100mm gap ruling and still be pleasing to the eye and relatively low maintenance; especially due to there being over 400m of balustrade in total.

Canal laser cut all of the balusters and fixing plates, which were then galvanised: This process is not a recognised architectural finish, but satisfied the requirement for a good protective coating.

Standard stainless steel glass clamps were bought and used to hold the 10mm toughened glass panels in place whilst a satin polished grade 316 stainless steel handrail was installed to run along the top.


Originally, the design for these stairs was highly specified and included several luxury features. As the rest of the build project progressed, the budget available for the staircases was gradually squeezed.

Without compromising the integrity of the original design, Canal was able to adapt the design and manufacture two identical feature staircases; that mirrored one another on opposite sides of the building, using bought in elements for the balustrade, a small amount of curved glass and powder coated mild steel stringers.

With clever value engineering and using their extensive experience, Canal completed these contemporary looking stairs, in keeping with the rest of the build, to the satisfaction of the designer and client and very importantly within budget.

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