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Building Regulations giving you a headache? Let’s break it down

Posted by Tina on June 11th, 2018

Are you ready to rip out your old staircase and replace it with a beautiful StairBox creation but you’re not quite sure where you stand with building regulations?

Most alterations require you to comply with current Building Regulations, however there’s a ruling which means this doesn’t apply to staircases as long as the replacement staircase is the same or better than the original.

In England and Wales, part 3 of the Building Regulations 2000 applies to any building work where an alteration affects the structure of the building, the means of escape, or the access and use of a building by people with disabilities. If your original staircase does comply with all of these, then your new one has to as well. Not a problem with StairBox staircases as they’re all made to measure to your exact spec. Likewise though, if your staircase doesn’t currently comply with these elements, your new one doesn’t need to. Basically, your new staircase can’t be worse than your original – but that’s not a problem with your tailor made StairBox staircase.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) states that every year there are over 300,000 visits to Accident and Emergency following falls on stairs, therefore if you have the opportunity to improve on the original design it would always be worth doing. So we would recommend you comply with the Building Regs anyway, they’re there for a reason and as our staircases can be made to your exact requirements, it should be easy enough anyway. Part K 2013 of the Building Regulations will provide you with the guidance you need to ensure your staircase is safe.

We have the latest CAD staircase design software, so if there is dimensional constraints in your room our technical advisers are able to think about the design again from scratch, and often come up with a completely new layout which avoids a head height issue, or allows a more shallow pitch to the staircase. Tweaks can be made to improve a design, for example incorporating winders where there has previously been a landing space can shorten the length of a staircase and release much needed space. We can also produce interactive 3D models showing the location of steel beams and it’s relation to the flight, or work with you to miss an underfloor heating manifold for example.

If you need help with your refurbishment, our designers are on hand on 01782 608472 or if you want to give it a go yourself, our try using our staircase builder app on the website.

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