Kentgate Place, Kendal

Kentgate Place, Kendal

Contractor: Thomas Armstrong
Type of works: supply and installation of Richard Burbidge's FUSION® Commercial stair balustrade system for exclusive apartment development.

Balustrade expert Richard Burbidge has supplied its innovative FUSION® Commercial stair balustrade system for an exclusive apartment development in the historic town of Kendal, providing a safe and stylish entrance for residents and potential buyers.

Set in a prime location on the banks of the River Kent, Kentgate Place is a luxury development of contemporary apartments by award-winning housebuilder Russell Armer. The new four-storey development comprises 46 apartments each with its own parking space, balcony and designer bathroom, and also includes 12 local occupancy homes.

FUSION® Commercial was installed on the residences’ main staircase, which provides shared access for occupants and visitors. The system’s combination of minimalist oak handrails and sleek tubular balusters in a contemporary brushed nickel finish complemented the building’s stylish interior, whilst its availability off-the-shelf meant there were no lengthy lead times.

Plus, FUSION® Commercial is compliant with UK Building Regulations for communal areas and is tested for public stairs requiring loadings of 0.74kN/m, making it suitable for shared stairwells in apartments, offices or hotels.

Craig Hunter of main contractors Thomas Armstrong, comments: “Kentgate Place really appeals to the high end of the home buying market and the final look is very polished and professional. We needed to install a staircase that reflected this, whilst also complying with the relevant standards.

“The balustrade from Richard Burbidge really lends itself to developments such as this. The system provided us with the best of both world’s - off the shelf costs and availability but with bespoke looks.”

David Richards, Specification and Trade Marketing Manager for Richard Burbidge, adds: “In a difficult property market, it becomes even more important to make a good first impression with potential buyers and tenants. The FUSION® system at Kentgate Place enhances the stylish surroundings and makes a positive impact on people visiting the property for the first time.”

Designed for ease of installation, all FUSION® Commercial timber components are supplied pre-cut and pre-varnished, eliminating the need for time consuming finishing. In addition, the brushed nickel balusters are also supplied pre-cut and ready to use.
Greg Dean of Fylde Staircase Company, who installed the FUSION® system at Kentgate Place, comments: “I’ve worked with Richard Burbidge products for many years and always found them to be superior in terms of manufacturing quality and ease of installation. This job was no different, despite the impressive nature of the development we were able to complete the job in just three days making sure the project was completed on time and on cost.”

The FUSION® Commercial range has recently been enhanced, with the introduction of several new additions, designed to meet customer requirements. A pre-finished newel, pre-assembled balusters as well as Sapele and White Oak timber options now provide greater flexibility of design and installation.

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