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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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Family Ties

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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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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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Watch: Taking the stairs like a movie star

Abbott-Wade staircases are fit for any movie star and over the years staircases have been important backdrops in many movie scenes (take our Movie Staircase Quiz). In this scene from the end of the 1942 movie Yankee Doodle Dandy, movie icon James Cagney plays the role of Broadway Showman George M Cohan and shows us how a real movie legend takes the stairs! It goes without staying – Don’t Try This At Home! 

 

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Staircases in Culture: Music

Staircases have been around in one form or another for thousands of years and have become an integral part of our culture. In this article as part of our ‘Staircases in Culture’ series, we look at staircases in music – and we promise that at no point will we reference the pop group Steps!

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@StairRenovation on Social Media: YouTube

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We aren’t extensive users of YouTube but we are part of it’s online community with a small collection of videos sharing information about who we are and what we do. You will no doubt have seen the video on our home page and those within our news pages and if these have been of interest to you, it’s well worth subscribing to our channel to keep up to date of any new videos we publish in the future.

 

You can visit & subscribe our Youtube Channel here

The Virtual Staircase at Smart Furnishings

A virtual staircase? That’s right! Our friends at Smart Furnishings in Stockton Heath, Warrington have had a few mentions on our blog in the past and today they get another. We’ve all seen virtual streets on Google Streetview but how you can take a virtual tour of the Smart Furnishings store and explore their Abbott-Wade staircase (almost) firsthand! Use the link below and follow the store straight ahead and you’ll find their oak and glass staircase on your left. Take the short trip up the stairs and you’ll also find their Abbott-Wade access ramp with immaculate glass spindles set into a solid oak handrail supported by oak newel posts.

Click here to take the tour

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