Innovations in Curved Glass Stairs

In recent years there has been an increase in demand for professionally designed interiors across the UK, which has occurred due to the increase in property development from residential new builds to commercial refurbishments.

Glass staircases offer a stylish solution for contemporary properties. Whether a person is looking to add a focal point to their home or a stand out feature to their business property, CANAL can fabricate a bespoke solution to suit.

Depending on requirements, stair balustrade can be manufactured from clear toughened glass (10mm – 19mm), low iron toughened (10mm – 19mm) and toughened laminates (13.5mm – 48mm).

In addition, stair treads can be manufactured from low iron toughened glass or standard float glass (39mm +).

There are also a variety of finishes to enhance the clean, modern and sophisticated aesthetic of glass staircases. Designs options include sandblasting, pattern inlays and water jet cutting.

Sweeping Glass Helical Staircase

In recent months, CANAL has completed the interior of a stunning home in Cheltenham, which included a large, helical staircase and first floor balustrade. Starting in their manufacturing site in Nottingham, CANAL started by fabricating the bespoke, curved metalwork forming the initial shape of the staircase. The main structure was designed to be fully supported by only the base and the first floor landing creating a single sweeping stringer, which produced zero flex when in use.

On the inside of the stainless steel stringers, special sections were fabricated into the side to host LED lighting, which was programmed with ambient changing colours and installed with sensors around the staircase to light up when movement occurred.

Each glass tread was triple laminated with water jet cut fixing holes underneath to incorporate stainless steel support fixings. From above, these fixings were near on invisible due to a custom sand blasted detail for increased safety under foot as well as style. The helical, feature staircase was completed on-site with curved glass balustrade that carried onto the first floor to complement the modern look throughout the home.

Space Saving Spiral Glass Stairs

Curved glass staircases can also be produced in a tight spiral design, which is a great option for properties that see floor space as a premium.

Nestled in the heart of London, Parliament View apartments offer uncompromised views across the capital towards the Houses of Parliament. However, CANAL was approached by a client who wanted more space within their apartment by expanding the upper floor and creating an elegant access solution.

In order to create an open area on the upper floor of the apartment, CANAL fabricated and installed a new steel structure, providing support for an extended mezzanine landing as well as a surface to affix seamless low iron glass balustrades to, maximising the flow of light through the space.

The client was keen to make a feature of the staircase as well as the design being space efficient. A stainless steel central column was fabricated to support the staircase construction and a stainless steel ribbon stringer to host the low iron glass balustrade.

Triple laminated low iron glass treads with bespoke etching were installed to match the balustrades and allow light to flow, while a simple satin polished stainless steel handrail was installed to complement the central column, and provide a stylish and safe solution.

To discuss your bespoke glass staircase and balustrade project, contact the architectural sales team today: 0115 986 6321, canal(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)canalengineering.co.uk, www.canal.gb.com.