Haldane UK has answered the call of a main contractor by replacing the timber basement handrail to the spiral staircase in a new multi-million pound Scottish mansion.
Haldane received a phone call on a Friday evening from the main contractor’s Project Manager who was appalled at the quality of the handrail their existing suppliers had fitted.
With a proud reputation for delivering superior quality and an uncompromising approach to defects, the main contractor quickly addressed the problem and called in Haldane UK.
Instead of a smooth flowing continuous handrail which was machined to fit the sweeping core rail of the metalwork, the handrail had been machined with a small curve and then forced into position using fixings to create the spiral. This was causing balusters to buckle due to the pressure being placed on them.
And when you spend a few million pounds on building a luxury home, you expect every aspect of the property to be absolutely perfect.
Thanks to the swift, decisive action of the Project Manager, Haldane were on site first thing on the Monday morning to measure up. Within 9 days Haldane had completed the machining and installation of 16 linear metres of solid ash handrails, 10 linear metres of straight handrail and 6 linear metres of horizontal curves.
The luxury home is the third contract in 6 weeks that Haldane has been asked to correct sub-standard handrails and Haldane UK’s Managing Director, Forrester Adam, is becoming concerned at the growing number of poor installations they are coming across.
He explained “Unfortunately too many contractors claim to be able to machine complex spiral and helical handrails at budget costs. But when it comes to the crunch, they deliver inferior solutions that simply do not come up to scratch and cause major headaches at these critical final stages of the build.”
He continued, “The fact of the matter is that unless you hand carve individual components which can be a long and unpredictable process, you need a 5 axis CNC machine to be able to produce spiral handrail – especially the transitions which can be extremely complex.”
Haldane has developed a reputation as the UK’s market leader for continuous handrails and supplies a large number of specialist spiral stair companies across the country who have come to rely upon the quality of products and service they deliver.
Forrester concluded, “As handrails are often one the last items to be fitted, there is a huge risk in opting for what may seem to be a cheaper option only to find that the whole project is compromised with sub-standard handrails. All too often the main contractor incurs penalties for missed deadlines and faces the wrath of the client.”
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Haldane UK‘s revolutionary approach to timber handrails has demonstrated it remains at the forefront of the timber machining sector with its latest project at a luxury Scottish home where it was able to significantly reduce the installation time with 100% precision.
Haldane manufactured and installed an 85mm x 40mm handrail with 200mm timber capping, manufactured from ash and stained to create a stunning silver finish.
Haldane UK used its state of the art laser technology to survey the project, quite literally with pinpoint accuracy, enabling the handrails section to me recreated in stunning 3D before being programmed and machined.
Haldane UK’s Managing Director, Forrester Adam, explained “We have transformed our survey process to provide a new level of accuracy which allows the handrail to be machined and dry jointed prior to despatch.”
With all sections of the handrail assembled, tested and then dismantled for despatch to site, the installation was made simple and indeed reduced the physical time on site by 50%.
He continued, “Whilst we have always offered a dry jointing service, the surveying technology combined with our 3D modelling software and machining skills produced the most advanced level of precision joinery we have ever delivered. This was demonstrated perfectly in this project where every single component and handrail section slotted into place effortlessly.”
The new survey technology also offers a number of design and production benefits which is allowing Haldane UK to step up production of its handrails for supply only clients and with its full service supply and fit solution.
Forrester concluded, “With 20 years of CNC machining experience, we have continually improved our quality and service to iron out all the issues in the process from survey through to installation. This latest investment in laser surveying technology and the new drawing software will take the company and indeed the manufacture and supply of timber handrails to another level.
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