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AI 2019 Business Excellence Awards

ACQUISITION INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019: WINNERS

Acquisition International are the voice of modern business and have now proudly announced  the UK Winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards.

We’re delighted to be named among the UK winners for 2019 as the Best Quality Staircase Company in Northern England.

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Watch: Climbing Big Ben & The Elizabeth Tower

There’s something strangely satisfying about looking behind the scenes of an iconic building and there are fewer buildings more famous than the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Clock Tower. The tower was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in 2012 in honour of Queen Elizabeths jubilee and stands 96 meters tall housing 11 floors. The Elizabeth Tower is often mistakenly called Big Ben which is actually the name of the bell within the tower inscribed with the name of Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works after whom it is believed the bell takes it’s name.

Within the belfry (whose bells were first broadcast by the BBC in 1932) is a spiral with 334 steps with a total of 399 to the lantern (the Ayrton Light) and an elevator is also expected to be added during the current restoration work. You can take a trip up the historic staircase (without having sore legs in the morning) by watching the video below:

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The space under your stairs

Making the most of the space under your stairs

Space is a valuable resource, especially as modern homes get smaller. It makes sense to utilise the space under and around your staircase and there are many ways to do it. It may be a practical use or purely aesthetic. There’s no right or wrong – it’s a choice based on what’s best suited for you and your home. On our travels around the country we’ve seen some lovely uses of this space and this is a collection of some of our favourites.

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Family Ties

chris & max

By definition – we’re not your typical family business. Think of a family business and you might consider a business run by two siblings or a husband and wife team. At Abbott-Wade you’ve got a dig a little deeper to see just how deep the roots of this family tree really go.

In addition to the the Abbott-Wade family, the branches of the family tree have now spread even wider. When Designer Chris Davies told us he’d like to bring his son Max on board we knew that it was a great idea. Chris has been working in the staircase industry for many years meaning Max has grown up in and around the world of staircases and so it was only natural that he should follow in his fathers footsteps. Better still, Max can readily utilise the wealth of experience and knowledge gained by Chris.

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Before & After: Changing spindles to embedded glass

Before & After: Changing spindles to embedded glass

 

One of the popular trends we have have seen over recent years is customers moving away from traditionally turned spindles in favour of glass. This is largely due to a desire to create a bright contemporary space within the heart of the home but there are practical implications to be considered too.

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Abbott-Wade’s embedded glass gives clean, straight lines which not only looks sleek and stylish but is easy to dust and allows light to flood the stairway.

One of the biggest transformations can be seen where a dark timber balustrade is transformed by a glass renovation.

The transformation pictured below emphasises the increased impression of openness a glass balustrade can create. The glass front of the property shows off the staircase with the glass balustrade allowing a flow of light through the house from front to back.

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Many customers tell us that the additional dusting required between each spindles and that after painting the spindles every few years, the time, effort and drip marks involved have been a significant motivation for their decision to choose a glass installation.

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Read more about our glass staircases here.

Each of the Before & After image blocks on this page are taken before and after a real Abbott-Wade installation from UK homes visited by our installation teams. Some of the images may be taken at different stages of completion with carpets/decoration left unfinished.

Watch: A Pristine White Staircase Renovation

This Pristine White Painted Staircase Renovation Will Wow All Visitors To This Home

All Abbott-Wade staircases are bespoke installations but can be made even more unique using colour. We offer a range of standard paints and stains and well as our unique colour compliment service to find the best bespoke colour for your home.

This staircase was transformed completely using pristine white stair parts and glass to make the entirety of the hall, stairs and landing feel much bigger and brighter. Contrast was added with a luxuriously soft charcoal carpet and splashes of colour from the green foliage and flowers. Watch the video to tour the complete installation and be inspired to how a new staircase could transform your home.

 

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Born Survivor & The Stroke Society

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We’re a Family Business which means that even though we’re not all related we look after our own as if we were. We were shocked and saddened when a very good friend and colleague was afflicted with a stroke earlier this year. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and can cause severe long term damage.

We have been inspired by his grit and determination to recover and overcome the effects of this stroke. In tribute to his heroic efforts members from all departments of the team; fitters, office staff, designers and directors will be participating in a gruelling Born Survivor event and are preparing to run, climb, haul, leap, slide and crawl through the wet, muddy and muscle sapping course.

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Abbott-Wade Newel Cap Styles

There’s an Abbott-Wade newel cap to suit every staircase in every home

From glass to spindles, hardwoods to handrails and newels to newel caps – Abbott-Wade offer a wide range of stair parts to our customers in ensure their staircase is as unique as they are.

We offer a range of newel caps all available in a range of hardwoods or painted finishes to suit both modern and traditional staircases with examples shown below.

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Manufacturing a helical staircase

Manufacturing a helical staircase

manufacturing a helical staircase

The precise curves of a helical staircases means the design and manufacturing process requires a level of skill, expertise and precision beyond that needed for a straight staircase. A comprehensive digital site survey is taken using state of the art measuring technology that is accurate to within 80 microns to capture the precise details of any underlying construction.

This is used to create a detailed 3-dimensional digital CAD model by a highly skilled design team to allow for the meticulous manufacture of curved components or a complete bespoke helical staircase. This is achieved by dividing the more complex curves and features into parts and running them through a computer simulation to makesure that each component is correct and accurate. These accurate models allow skilled craftsmen to build a forma (see photo) which duplicates the exact curvature required around which the curved components are built.

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