In Neaco’s experience oak is by far the most popular choice for wood-effect handrails, but one project went against the grain with a bespoke walnut-effect specification at a new £3.5m health and social care centre in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.
The company’s advanced powder coating facilities can replicate the intricate detail of wood grain as a maintenance-free finish for its Timberline aluminium system. Due to mighty high demand, oak is Timberline’s standard specification, but a special request from architects Pearce Bottomley required Neaco to branch out with a reproduction of walnut’s darker tones.
To the naked eye Timberline’s powder coated reproduction of natural wood grain is indistinguishable from the real thing. Available in a matt or gloss finish, the handrail’s timber style combines superbly with a metallic-finish balustrade, either in aluminium or stainless steel. Handrails are warm and comfortable to the touch with the superior smoothness and durability of powder coating. Timberline is non-absorptive – unlike genuine timber handrails, which require ongoing treatment to maintain their aesthetic, prevent absorption of bacteria and control infection. Timberline’s extremely durable finish is also a more practical alternative to real wood, which is vulnerable to surface damage.
Assura Group completed the 16,000sq ft medical centre in conjunction with project managers, LSP Developments, and contractors, Hobson & Porter. As well as an onsite pharmacy, the new building includes a minor surgery suite, training rooms and specialist clinics for those suffering from conditions like asthma, COPD and diabetes. Additional space for community services and visiting consultants has also been incorporated.