Timber Handrails For Shopping Centre

Haldane UK, the market leader in the manufacture and installation of specialist handrails and glazing beads, has once again proved its dominance of the retail sector by securing the contract to provide handrails for the new Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh.

Haldane was contracted to manufacture handrails for the main mall and food court of the shopping centre, which will open on October 8th. The company supplied and installed over 817m of American white oak in the main mall, fashioned into straight, curved and spiralled handrails by their cutting-edge 5-axis CNC technology. This technology was also used to manufacture the food court’s 95m of straight and mitred handrails, in the same wood.

Haldane also supplied the shopping centre with 151m of external handrails. With the increasing need for companies to be environmentally friendly, Haldane was asked to manufacture these handrails out of guariuba. Not only is this wood durable and hardwearing, but it is also FSCĀ®  accredited, which means that the timber is from sustainable forests. It was also shaped using the 5-axis CNC router, and the Haldane team was on hand to advise on sections and joints, ensuring that the final product was as close as possible to the given specification.

Forrester Adam, Managing Director of Haldane, said: “Wood is becoming more and more popular, and offers a warm and comfortable alternative to the plastic look usually associated with shopping centres. Ocean Terminal was an exciting development for us to work on, and we are really pleased with the outcome. The internal handrails are stunning, but the icing on the cake is the external handrail. Customers are becoming more and more aware of global issues, and the environmental impact of using wood, so we were delighted to play our part by advising on the use of guariuba. It proves once again that no matter what the nature of the contract, we can come up with the goods.”

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