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Metal Staircases & Balustrade

Metal Balustrades, Staircases & Handrails

 

Internal, external, simple or simply spectacular Fine Iron have the experience and skill to craft the perfect staircase for you and your home. 

Fine Iron work with you and provide a complete service from concept and design to manufacture and installation.  Using the latest technologies, including 3D visualisations to give our customers a real sense of how the metal balustrade might look, we are experienced in working with many different materials including wrought iron, mild steel, brass, bronze and stainless steel and can also offer a wide variety of different finishes including metallisation and patination.  The only limitation is your imagination!

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Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Hedonism is a new fine wine and spirits boutique, which has already become the most talked about wine project of recent times. Fine Iron were commissioned to design, develop and manufacture a statement staircase to complement the unique surroundings of this high end wine establishment.
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This stair balustrade has been crafted from wrought iron, cast iron and mild steel capped with an oak handrail.
The ironwork has been painted and fixed into the marble treads
and the junctions between treads and balusters have been finished with cast iron covers.
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A natural stone cantilever staircase with continuous carved walnut handrail and high quality antique bronze stair balustrade.
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We were approached by the client to create a unique cast spiral staircase that created an impactful point of focus for this high-end Chinese gastro pub situated in the heart of Soho.

A detailed survey was carried out by Fine Iron to ensure accurate dimensions and then initial design drawings were produced. Following approval by the Alan Yau OBE (restauranter and entrepreneur, owner of The Duck and Rice, best known for founding Wagamama), bespoke casting patterns were manufactured for the casting of the treads, risers and the unique quarter landing plate at the base of the stairs. The stair railings were made with a bespoke reed design cast iron baluster and the handrail was formed from 50mm x 14mm brass frogs back handrail. The cast iron treads were slid over a central column and due to the width of the stairs and it being a commercial premise, a helical section of handrail was formed to run up the central column of this beautifully crafted cast iron staircase. 

We think it’s fair to say that the project was completed to the highest standards and serves as practical, inviting access to the first floor restaurant as well as a focal point for the ground floor bar. Helping to create an appetising setting for some truly delectable dishes!
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Metal Staircase Balustrade with Oak Handrail

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Hand carved oak handrail with a combination of wrought iron, mild steel and cast iron metal balustrade.
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Bespoke staircase balustrade made from turned bright steel with bronze turnings with a walnut handrail.
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traditional metal staircase railings

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The staircase balustrade railings shown here begin in this home’s entrance hall and leads to the first floor landing.
The iron and metal work harmonise with existing chandelier and decorative table.
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Helical Staircase Balustrade

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This curved staircase and balustrade features a cast iron newel post with a carved hardwood monkey tail handrail.
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Dior Conduit St Metal Balustrades

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Built for the luxury retailer’s first London store in Conduit Street, this balustrade
was designed by the client’s team and executed in mild steel
and cast iron capped with a polished brass handrail by Fine Iron.
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Georgian Style Cast Iron Balustrade

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Bespoke patterns were made for the castings of these cast iron balusters.
Other materials include mild steel and a walnut handrail.
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Curved Staircase Metal Balustrade

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Traditional and ornate ironwork balustrade, finished in charcoal grey provides contrast, yet compliments the white walls and elegant sweep of the stairway.
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Contemporary Staircase Metal Balustrade

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Bespoke ornate stair balustrade with a hand carved oak handrail.
A contemporary style of metalwork utilising traditional skills and techniques.
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Wrought Iron Balustrade Railings

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his metal balustrade is made from drop forged wrought iron with an oak handrail, the wrought iron metal is painted black and fixed into a marble staircase with cast iron base covers.
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Contemporary Steel & Marble Staircase

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Contemporary design with a traditional feel for this staircase combining marble and stainless steel in Weybridge Surrey.
In the enlargement you can also see the hand forged monkey tail finish to the handrail.
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Oak Staircase Handrail

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This metal balustrade is finished with a bronze patina. The handrail is made from European oak.
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Marble Staircase & Metal Balustrades

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Hand forged scrolls manufactured and finished to the highest standard. The marble treads have been inlaid with non-slip material.
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We use Fine Iron and a large varity of design options to make your ironwork

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Staircase Metal Balustrades

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The ornamental balustrading continues to compliment the simple modern interior.
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Georgian Style Cast Iron Balustrade

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Traditional and ornate ironwork balustrade, finished in charcoal grey provides contrast, yet compliments the white walls and elegant sweep of the stairway.
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Organic Style Iron Balustrade

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Organic Style Iron Balustrade with forged leafage replicating sand cast iron.
You can view the effectiveness of this technique on our enlargement page.
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Forged Iron Balustrade with Walnut Handrail

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Forged iron balustrade with a cast decorative boss to the centre and finished with base collar.
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Superior Wrought Iron Staircase Railings

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This simple and elegant staircase balustrade was designed and installed in a showhouse in Kensington.
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Contemporary Steel & Marble Staircase

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Contemporary design with a traditional feel for this staircase combining marble and stainless steel in Weybridge, Surrey.
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Staircase Steel Handrails

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A closer view of the staircase shown on the left, this image features the stainless steel handrail home. In the enlargement you can also see the hand forged monkey tail finish to the handrail.
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Contemporary Steel & Marble Staircase

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The metal balustrade used to produce this cantilevered staircase has alternating boss details.
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Iron Stair Railings

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Working closely with a local conservation officer of the Brecon Beacons National Park,
FineIron produced these stair and walkway railings for a new development.
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Balcony & Walkway Metal Railings

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Flame retardant and anti slip material was used for the walkway flooring and stair treads.
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Spiral Staircase - Stainless Steel with Oak Treads

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Bespoke stainless steel spiral stairs to your specification.
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Cast Iron - Brass Handrails

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Cast iron balustrade finished in satin black with gold leaf detailing and brass handrail for a private stately home.
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Wrought Iron Marble & Oak Staircases

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Traditional cast iron and wrought iron spiral staircases – many styles and patterns available to choose from.
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British Celts & History / Development of Iron

 

FASCINATING FACTS & THE STORY OF IRON

What is Wrought Iron?

Wrought iron has been used in building from the earliest days of civilisation, wrought iron door furniture being commonplace in Roman times. The structural use or iron gates from the middle ages, when bars of wrought iron would be used occasionally to tie masonry arches and domes. This use of wrought iron in tension guaranteed its use throughout the ascendancy of cast iron in the canal and railway ages, as cast iron is strong only in compression. The ill fated first Tay Bridge was of cast iron beams tied with wrought iron. The demand for higher dynamic loads in bridges and warehouse buildings, and the ever greater spans of train sheds towards the end of the nineteenth century, led the designers of buildings to acquire the technology developed to build ships of iron, and create beams of riveted wrought iron rolled sections. By the turn of the century this had led to buildings completely framed in wrought iron, and later steel, girder sections, and cast iron was once again relegated to an ornamental role.
Our main concern with wrought iron, however, will be in its application to gates and railings, frequently given an ornamental treatment by the blacksmith.
There are wrought iron railings in Westminster Abbey from the thirteenth century, which, in essence display all the characteristics which we have come to know as ‘wrought ironwork’, although lacking modern refinements such as symmetry and sweetness of line, but the great age of British ironwork, known as the ‘English’ style began at the end of the seventeenth century. A French fashion for the Baroque style in gates and railings, swept the country houses of Britain, following the import of craftsman by William and Mary, and the greater part of our national stock of good ironwork dates from the early years of the eighteenth century. After the rise of cast iron as an ornamental medium, wrought iron tended often to take a secondary role, owing to its comparative expense, each piece being made by hand, while castings could be repeated ad infinitum, once the patterns were made. Technically, however, the craftsmen of the age of machines, excelled their forebears, as indeed they must while making mechanical components, so that the ornamental blacksmith work of the nineteenth century displays a perfection of manufacture not seen before nor since.
After the introduction of mild steel, cheap because of its ability to be mass produced, wrought iron, and the craft skills associated with it, gradually disappeared in accordance with the general decline of craft standards in the twentieth century, until the last ironworks ceased production in 1974.
From 1982 Chris Topp & Co. and later The Real Wrought Iron Company, have made available a limited supply of puddled wrought iron, derived from scrap metal. The subsequent years have brought a steadily increasing demand, as the blacksmiths of Britain have slowly taken up again the ancient skills.

Alternatives to Wrought Iron

The modern replacement for wrought iron is mild steel. Many metalworkers are perfectly content to use this much cheaper metal both for new work and the refurbishment of old. I would like to suggest the reasons why this is not acceptable, while wrought iron is yet available.

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The weathering properties of wrought iron are well known. While it does of course rust in time, with reasonable maintenance this can indeed by a very long time. The fact that so much ornamental work survives from three hundred years ago says a lot for the material. On the other hands, steel is well known for its ability to corrode, and the intricate forms and water traps of “wrought ironwork’, only encourage corrosion. Hence it is normal practice to coat steelworks with zinc, which does indeed delay corrosion, but neither galvanising nor zinc spraying can effectively be applied to complex forms.

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Modern conservation practice insists on the replacement of materials with like materials. When wrought iron is available for the repair and replication of wrought ironwork, why use mild steel?

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The craft of the ornamental blacksmith, as previously practiced to a high degree of skill, was virtually eradicated by the shift to mild steel, with its ready application to “high tech’ techniques such as electric welding. As mentioned above, some of the blacksmiths are learning again the old skills. Only by use of the traditional methods and materials can work of an appropriate standard by produced.

Maintenance of Ironwork

Ironwork is commonly supposed to be nearly free of maintenance. Unlike wood work which is religiously subjected to a stern regime of regular painting, ironwork is frequently left to rust undisturbed for long periods, so much so that the only attention that much even important ironwork receives, is periodic major overhaul, at great expense. This could be avoided by frequent small attention. Insistence on frequent inspection would be of benefit, perhaps once a year, with immediate, and usually trivial remedial work to arrest any developing problems.

Iron and Celtic History

Much of what we know about the Celts has been learnt through oral tradition. It is thought that the name given to them by the Greeks – Keltoi – means ” hidden people ” due to the reluctance of the Celts to commit any of their vast wealth of knowledge to writing.
What we know of their early history has been largely learnt through archaeological excavations of the settlements and burial sites found across Europe.
The Celts probably descended from Stone Age peoples of Europe, who began to populate the continent about 10,000 BC.
At the start of the first millennium BC the Celts possessed great skill in metal work, especially wrought iron, and by the 6th century BC they had a formidable armament of spears, swords, axes as well as agricultural implements. By 450 BC new centres of Celtic civilisation emerged and increasing mastery of iron work led to specialisation – wagon makers, shipbuilders, wheelwright etc – Amid this increased productivity an artistic style emerged; ” La Tene ,” design was bold and complex, and quickly became dominant throughout Celtic lands. Celtic affluence grew, and around 400 BC Celtic tribes crossed The Alps, sacking Rome in 391 BC and settling in Northern Italy.

A century later they pushed into Greece and Asia Minor and by 250 BC ” La Tene ” culture was at its height. The Celts resumed full scale trading over their old trade routes and by the second century BC new established fortified towns replaced many of the old hill forts, abandoned in the fifth century BC. Serving as centres of commerce and manufacture they were immensely lucrative; however Celtic trade grew increasingly dependent on Roman markets.

In 192 BC Rome established its supremacy and later conquered the area of Southern France we now know as Province. By the mid first century BC the Romans began their assault on Western Europe. With their loyalties still tribal rather than national the Celts were unable to mount a unified resistance.
Gradually the Celts adopted the ways of their victors but Celtic Culture remained dominant in Britain until AD 43 when Rome conquered the Southern half of the island. Ireland then became the bastion of the Celts until it’s fifth century conversion to Christianity. Even after that, tribal memories held on to Celtic languages and legends, which were at last written down by eight-century Irish Christian clerics.

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