Timber staircase solution proving popular

Timber staircase solution proving popular

Published: 23/10/2013 00:00

Engineered timber staircase featuring Metsä Wood’s Kerto faced with a medium density overlay (MDO) to form a stair stringer.

 


Leading timber supplier, Metsä Wood, has teamed up with staircase manufacturer Jeld-Wen to produce a staircase solution for multi-storey timber-frame buildings.

The breakthrough follows three years of development and testing during which the firms worked on an engineered timber staircase featuring Metsä Wood’s Kerto faced with a medium density overlay (MDO) to form a stair stringer.

The product is already proving popular and has been specified in a number of housing projects around the country. This includes a project by Bovis Homes to build new apartments in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Michael Black, Bovis Homes’ group development director, said: “Timber stairs avoid the institutionalised feel of other materials, such as concrete and metal work.

“They also ensure that a development stands out from the rest, creating a more aesthetically pleasing feel that buyers will appreciate and that adds value in the long term.”

The manufacturers worked with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to put the product through an extensive test programme. Passing the fire tests, it has received certification by the Loss Prevention Certification Board. These certifications demonstrate that the staircase will facilitate a safe route for those escaping from a building in the event of a fire.

Jeld-Wen scooped best internal/interior product with this fire-protected staircase range at the 2013 Housebuilder Product Awards.