Connecting people & office space in the Shard

With a long standing relationship in place and a portfolio of prestigious commercial office staircases, CANAL was the premium choice for the new Modus Group offices situated in Central London, up The Shard.

From a company which has a simple mission: to create extraordinary places to work for businesses relocating or refurbishing their offices, it was only fitting that they received the same treatment on their brand new office space high in the sky.

Modus Group offer their clients the complete package for their workplace fit out projects including strategic advice, space planning, 3D design, project management and construction.

Similarly, when it came to choosing a British staircase company to adjoin their two floors of workspace CANAL Architectural were able to reflect the values of Modus Group and provide them with the same complete package.

The Design
The primary decision about the design of the feature staircase was to incorporate the necessary strength and durability required for a commercial environment.

The secondary decision was to enable light to pass through the structure as it was situated in front of floor to ceiling windows with stunning views across The Big Smoke.

The Construction
CANAL set out to achieve the optimum construction by using an open tread, suspended staircase design. The initial installation of the steel framework, which was hidden behind the mirrored wall, provided the necessary platform for the steel channel treads to be welded to.

In addition, multiple 25mm mirror polished, solid stainless steel, support bars were installed from the floor above to their perpendicular tread below.

In turn, these bars provided the majority of the staircase structure as well as catering for the possible building flex, creating the carcass for the suspended staircase.

To complement the existing office space features, the wide steel channels were enclosed with beautifully handmade, solid oak, timber box treads, which were stained to match the existing wooden floor.

Complementary Finishing
To comply with building regulations, CANAL finished the feature staircase by fabricating and installing a mirror polished stainless steel flat bar handrail to both sides of the staircase, and inserted extra detailing in the treads using elegant stainless nosing strips in a double, parallel design.

Now standing proud on the twenty something floor of The Shard, the combination of reflective materials and open space allows the light to flow throughout the contemporary space, cascading from the windows and floor above, whilst upholding the prestigious brand of The Modus Group.

Visit CANAL in London & Birmingham This Year

100% Design London  |  23 – 26 September
Stand E267 (first floor)

CANAL venture form their East Central Showroom, across London for another year at 100% Design, however this time at the new location in Olympia.

This year the exhibition is led by its theme ‘Design In Colour’, which focusses on the array of product colours across the different show sections; design & build, interiors, workplace, kitchens & bathrooms, and emerging brands.

Located on the first floor to the left of the main staircase, CANAL is presenting their popular floating staircase and their new balustrade designs on stand E267.

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Build Show Birmingham  |  6 – 8 October
Stand B3 / 404

CANAL head in the opposite direction to London towards the NEC, Birmingham.

As part of UK Construction Week, “the Build Show will be the UK’s most significant event in construction for decades.” Alongside 8 other exhibitions, the NEC will be the place to be this October for all your design, build and product innovation requirements.

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