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Barnshaws’ Manchester Branch steps up with Stockport Grammar School staircase

Stockport Grammar School’s unique staircase incorporating curved steel profiles from Barnshaws Section Benders.

Fineline Balustrades Ltd prides itself on providing modern, distinctive staircases to its customers. Staircases can include a wide range of differing materials to create a modern aesthetic, but when it comes to utilising curved steel, the business always relies on the expertise of Barnshaws Section Benders' Manchester Branch. So, when it came to deliver a unique staircase incorporating curved steel profiles for Stockport Grammar School, there was no need to change a winning formula.

The design of this staircase was particularly complex. Winding, with freeform steel shapes forming the bannister, specialist metal bending was required to accurately curve the 12 mm thick, laser-cut steel profiles to the required radii. Barnshaws’ Manchester Branch offers this capability, with the business a regular provider of precision curved structural and aesthetic metal fabrications.

Barnshaws’ Manchester Branch was required to bend steel profiles, that together reached approximately 24 metres in length. Utilising a specialist technique which ensures that steel profiles do not deform during the bending process, Barnshaws' engineers were able to deliver the unique profiles to the exact requirements of the organic design. Despite the inherent challenges of the project, all of the curved profiles were delivered to Fineline Balustrades on time and on budget. All steelwork and design was completed by 10 Architect.

Wayne Salkeld, Regional Director at Barnshaws’ Manchester Branch, commented: “We’re well-known for delivering large structural elements, but we are equally adept at delivering smaller scale, intricate fabrications for interiors or facades. With our in-house techniques and state-of-the-art machines, we can take on metal bending work for projects of almost any size, large or small. Our profile bending service is just another example of that capability, and one that has helped forge positive business relationships with specialists such as Fineline Balustrades.” 

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