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As one of the UK’s top providers of balustrades and handrails to architects and contractors, Laidlaw was asked to supply more than 180 linear metres of its premium nylon handrails for the bridge and stairs that connect the two platforms at Great Bentley Station, near Colchester.
The £35,000 contract was the latest in a series of works carried out at railway stations across the country, said Laidlaw project manager and surveyor Lee Thompson.
Installing its 40mm diameter Nylon Line handrail is one of the most effective ways for organisations to comply with guidance in Approved Document M and BS8300 – a reasonable adjustment that makes the station more easily accessible in accordance with The Equality Act.
This is because the 4mm thick polyamide sleeve it uses has a low thermal conductivity and is 68 times warmer to touch than stainless steel and 950 times warmer than aluminium.
Unlike cheaper coated handrail options, Laidlaw Nylon handrails have solid colour throughout the sleeve, which is fitted over the galvanised balustrade steel core.
At Great Bentley Railway Station, the rails were brightly coloured with yellow 22, RAL: 1023 sleeves. They have a smooth and brilliant surface, which will look good for years – even after continuous use.
The handrails were side fixed with continuous top-rail and lower child rails throughout, while there were minimum fixing points, with each one strategically positioned to miss lights, cables, welds and rivets.
Other benefits of the Laidlaw Nylon Line handrails include the fact that they are highly fracture resistant, and have high thermal stability. They are also highly resistant to most solvents, chemicals, cleansing agents and disinfectants, and have no electrostatic charge.
The handrails come with a number of wall-fixing bracket options with both straight supports and 90˚ bends, while the handrail terminations can return to the wall with a flat end cover cap or with a 90˚ bend return connected to the wall, with or without a rose fixing.