Spiral on the up


Following completion of a £600k factory extension earlier this year, Helston-based stair manufacturer Spiral Construction is pressing ahead with a number of contracts for blue chip customers throughout the UK.

Spiral has just completed a £90k feature helical stair in the Heron Tower, which is currently the tallest building in the City of London.

The stair is the main feature in the reception area of a suite of offices for Landmark, which is London’s leading provider of serviced office accommodation.

Negotiations are currently underway with the main contractor, Overbury, for a similar stair on the top floor of the Tower within a new restaurant for an American company.

The company is currently completing a £300k contract on the Shetland Islands as part of a £20M accommodation complex for oil giant Petrofac. All materials were manufactured in Helston and then transported by road to Aberdeen and then ferried to Lerwick.

Work is now commencing on a similar sized contract for construction giant Skanska to provide 12 feature staircases for Brent Civic Centre, currently being built adjacent to Wembley Stadium. Brent Civic Centre is planned to be the UK’s greenest public building with an estimated overall cost of £100M and it is due for completion in 2013.

Spiral Construction director Eric Nicholls commented “Despite the ongoing tough conditions for the construction industry and economy nationally, we are pleased to be very busy and continuing to receive very good levels of enquiries for high quality projects throughout the UK.”