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Our complete service embraces consultation, design, preparation of working drawings, site visits, delivery and local installations.

Our reputation, experience and professional approach makes us your first choice. Whatever the task, we assure you of the guidance, skills and quality for which you have been looking, and clients who engage us at the planning stage discover what a great asset, well conceived staircases can be.

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The staircase has existed since the dawn of time for one very specific purpose, to surmount gaps between different levels.
For a long time staircases did nothing more than fulfill this aim and so their form was directly determined by their location. Today however, the form of the staircase embodies a set of values or an aspiration towards technical perfection.

These concepts are one of the driving forces behind the architectural and aesthetic evolution of the staircase and have given rise to extraordinary works of art, without ever forsaking the staircase's primary purpose of connecting different levels. When it comes to displaying status, the selection of materials are just as important as the function, as a staircase's cost or technical sophistication symbolizes not only the wealth of the person responsible for its construction, but also his or her social and intellectual standing

As materials have continued to evolve, so, at the same time have the forms of staircases changed. Advances in construction techniques have played an increasingly important role as they opened up ever more audacious architectural possibilities. A more rational use of building materials often used in combination has given rise to a new formal diversity. Staircases lost their rigidity with the arrival of spiralled silhouettes, decorative forms and curves, although, textures, lighting and the distribution of space all have a role to play. It could be said that the staircase has been dematerialised in order to preserve its basic character, its essential lines and its innate function, that of going up and down -although the imagination has sometimes managed to dream up impossible staircases, such as those of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, as seen here.


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