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Exterior staircase adds distinction to Pyrenees apartments


10 November 2016


external spiral staircase

One of our latest exterior staircases is providing a stunning new feature for a restored 15th Century farmhouse in the South of France.

Mas Pallarès nestles amidst the vines and cherry orchards of the Reynes Valley at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. Owner, Elizabeth Price, has converted the property into apartments for holidaymakers . As part of a recent refurbishment, Elizabeth wanted to add stair access from the balcony of the first floor apartments to the main terrace and gardens below.

“The staircase had to be impressive as it is a key feature of the house and contributes to the experience of the guests.” Elizabeth explained. “After a long and time-consuming search in France, Spain and Eastern Europe, I came across the British Spirals & Castings website. I was immediately struck by the quality of their products. The staircases included by far the best and most attractive traditional designs.”

Elizabeth chose a Victorian Combination staircase in black – a typical design for the 19th Century.  The cast aluminium staircase features three balusters per tread. It was cast at our traditional foundry in Stoke-on-Trent and is far lighter than cast iron alternatives whilst still maintaining the same strength. This lightweight design can help to reduce logistical costs on overseas orders.

Richard Harding, Managing Director of British Spirals & Castings, reflected:

“As the staircase had to come down to meet a very specific patch of the main terrace, our bespoke combination staircase was the perfect solution. In addition to allowing level changes in a limited space, when used externally, Cast Aluminium staircases only need a solid footing to fix to which means the extensive concrete foundations that Cast Iron staircases often require aren’t needed. This minimises disruption to the existing surrounding; a definite benefit in such an idyllic location.”

“I cannot speak highly enough about the whole transaction,” Elizabeth concluded. “The company’s designs were the best I have seen anywhere on similar projects.   The family running British Spirals & Castings were a dream to work with and the fact that help was so readily available made the whole thing an enjoyable experience.   I am delighted with the staircase; it was fitted without an issue and has become a bit of an attraction with local residents.”

British Spirals & Castings have been designing and manufacturing bespoke staircases and balconies for over 35 years; all hand crafted here in the UK to each customer’s requirements.


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