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BUILDING REGULATIONS

UK STAIRCASE REGULATIONS

Safety, naturally, will be at the forefront of your mind with any new building or renovation project.

Here, you can download the latest versions of the current regulations for stairs. They cover the required dimensions, heights, headroom space, handrail specifications and more.

Safe Staircase Design

  • Appropriate dimensions are vital to accommodate the stride length and natural gait of individuals using the stairs, steps that are too shallow or too steep easily lead to missteps and falls.

  • Visibility and minimisation of obstructions are crucial including adequate lighting from both natural and artificial sources. Ensure there is clear visibility of steps, edges, and potential hazards.

  • Banisters can significantly enhance stair safety. Choose based on ease of grip, maintenance, and suitability for the project's specific needs.

  • Choose a sturdy material like Oak and Redwood, that withstands regular use and resists wear and tear. 

  • The application of finishes, such as non-slip coatings or textured paint, can further improve the slip resistance of the stairs.

Stair Handrails UK Standards Compliance

  • For stairs wider than a meter, handrails should be on both sides.

  • The height of the handrail on a stairway should range from 900mm to 1000mm, measured from the pitch line to the top of the handrail.

  • If a middle or lower guardrail is present, it should be 600mm above the walkway or stairs.

  • Handrails on stairs and landings should be continuous, starting 300mm before the first riser and extending 300mm beyond the top riser.

  • When fixing handrails to a solid wall, leave a gap of 50 to 75mm between the handrail and the wall.

  • Circular or oval handrails with a diameter of 32mm to 50mm and a non-slip finish are recommended.

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