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Watch: The Staircase at Number 10 Downing Street

If you’ve already seen our 3D tour of the Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace, you may also be interested to see the staircase behind the doors of another famous British residence. Behind the iconic door of the Prime Minister’s residence at Number 10 Downing Street is a staircase which has seen many of our most famous politicians come and go. Like your own home, the stairs are the first thing you see as you want through the front door but has been rebuilt once or twice over the past 300 years. Prime Minister Robert Wagpole commissioned a refurbishment of the staircase in the 1700’s – long before Abbott-wade popularised the trend! The stairs have withstood the test of time and still feature the cantilevered design with no visible supports. The stairway is now lined with the portraits of each Prime Minister since in chronological order, with the most recent towards the top.

Take the tour with Simon Schama and see how it compares with your own staircase…

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We’re unique – Just like our staircases

Established in 1996, we now have a vast pool of experience and expertise; a valuable resource which is shared through the company as only a family business can. Abbott-Wade pioneered many of the techniques which have now become the industry standard and while we are proud to be local, we offer our customers a nationwide service based out of our business premises in Burtonwood, Warrington. From top to bottom – there are many things which set us apart. Unlike other leading staircase companies which have been established and run by individuals from a sales and marketing background; Abbott-Wade has been established and run by two experienced joiners with no other shareholders. You can imagine the difference in priorities – and you’d be right!

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Watch: Abbott-Wade’s Full Twist Oak Spindles

This Stylish Oak Staircase Renovation With Abbott-Wade’s Full-Twist Spindles Is Captivating

Abbott-Wade offer a wide range of traditional and contemporary spindles with styles to suit every home. This installation uses our Full-Twist Spindles which are manufactured using cutting edge CNC technology. Full Twist spindles have a contemporary design with a hint of traditionally turned spindles in their silhouette. This culminates to create a subtlety modern feel with contemporary lines but the warmth and elegance of traditional design.

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Watch #TeamAbbottWade take on Born Survivor for The Stroke Society

#TeamAbbottWade

We are many things. We are the pioneers of the Staircase Industry. We are a Family Business. We are Award Winners. In January 2019 when our good friend and colleague was struck down by a Stroke – we became #TeamAbbottWade. The Abbott-Wade family, staff and the family & friends of our good friend Colin united like never before to raise as much money as we could to help the Stroke Association support more victims of Stroke and rebuild lives.

We’re delighted to say that since the events in January, Colin’s improvement has been remarkable and we immensely proud of his tenacity to recover.

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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

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

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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