Halley VI Antarctic Research Station

5th February 2013 saw the official launch of Britain's Halley VI Antarctic Research Station and Spiral Staircase Systems is pleased to announce our involvement in the project by providing the spiral staircase for the largest of the raised buildings, the red Recreational module.

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The Halley VI is located on the Brunt ice shelf and features eight connected modules, made up of labs and living spaces, with a central module that provides an open plan social area at the heart of the station. This larger, red module weighs nearly 200 tonnes and features a hydroponic salad garden, a climbing wall and is lined with aromatic cedar. Specially-designed shades and lamps with daylight bulbs are used to simulate the sunrise.

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Working closely with Hugh Broughton Architects, SSS designed and manufactured a 2 metre diameter spiral staircase using our Delta range of brackets. The specification included toughened glass panels capped with a stainless steel handrail. Treads were constructed from Black American Walnut and a solid balustrade was provided for the upper level which was clad with brushed stainless steel. The staircase was crated and shipped to the Antarctic and installed by contractor Morrison Construction.

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Spiral Staircase Systems can now claim to have provided staircases for 6 of the 7 continents - just South America to go!

by Paul Barton.

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SS 828 - The Manchester Call Centre

Here are a selection of completed images of an elliptical staircase designed, manufactured and installed in a telephone call centre for a Manchester based airline.

This staircase was constructed using satin polished stainless steel stringers. The stringers are slotted to accept curved toughened glass panels which are capped with matching 50mm diameter stainless steel handrails. The stone treads provide a contrasting nosing detail in compliance with Part-M Building Regulations. the underside of the stair is completed with a matching helical plaster soffit.

An extra feature is the surrounding elliptical floor edge balustrade, designed to match the specification of the stair with a stainless steel fascia and curved toughened glass.

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If you are interested in specifying a similar staircase for a commercial project please contact our sales department who will be happy to provide a competitive quotation.

By Paul Barton

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Iconic Staircases #03 - Musée du Louvre - I M Pei

This massive structure was designed as part of the glass pyramid extension by renowned architect I.M. Pei, which was completed in 1989. The huge self-supporting helical stairway travels through approximately 450 degrees and connects the ground floor with the new subterranean museum development below. The void left in the centre of the staircase was imaginatively used as an unenclosed lift.

By Paul Barton

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Past & Present

Whilst trawling through the Spiral Staircase Systems archives we found an old image of SSS HQ which we think was taken way back in 1979...

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...and here's the same image taken this morning!

The building used to be the Beddingham Steam Mill which was built in 1866. Spiral Staircase Systems moved here from Lewes in 1972.

Glynde is a very attractive village set within the shadow of the imposing Mount Caburn in the Sussex Downs - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and due to the Glynde Estates being a Conservation Area the outward appearance of the Old Mill has been preserved.

By Paul Barton

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Sneak Preview!

Here's a sneak preview of a project that is currently in the design stage. The staircase is to be the main feature for a large blue-chip communication company's new headquarters and is to be situated in one of the most distinguished office buildings in London's 'midtown' area.

The double-flight helical staircase is to include a solid 'monolithic' inner balustrade and toughened glass to the outer. Although some of the specification is still to be confirmed, the overall geometry is a great example of a large Part-M compliant office staircase which has two rest-landings per flight.

by Paul Barton.

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