Gradus and University of Derby
XT STAIR edgings from Gradus have been installed to all core staircases at the University of Derby’s Nunnery Court halls of residence to create ‘a safe and inclusive’ environment.
Situated on Nuns Street, Nunnery Court has recently undergone a major refurbishment to its rooms and communal areas to modernise the fittings, fixtures and décor. The development, which is one of nine halls of residence, has 308 premium and standard student’s rooms.
With hundreds of people passing through the halls of residence each year, the staircases need to be able to withstand heavy footfall, while also providing a safe and inclusive environment for students, staff and visitors alike.
GXT11 aluminium stair edgings from Gradus’s XT range were chosen at Nunnery Court, reportedly owing to their safety and durability. They are said to protect the step edge and surrounding floorcoverings from damage, subsequently reducing ongoing maintenance costs at the facility.
The XT range features an insert that extends around the leading edge of the profile to ensure foot contact is always made with the slip-resistant element. This is said to help reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.
To further increase safety on the stairs, Xtra-grip inserts were chosen which offer increased surface roughness to reduce the risk of slip particularly where the stair edgings may become wet. Specified in the colour ‘Vapour’ (grey), the inserts harmonise with the interior design but also provide the correct LRV (Light Reflectance Value) to highlight the step edge, crucial for helping to prevent slip, trip and fall accidents.
Victoria Parry, hall manager for Nunnery Court, said: ‘We required a robust stair edging system that could withstand the large amount of people accessing the halls and using the staircases on a daily basis.
‘We’re extremely pleased with the finished outcome, not only do they look great, we have the added reassurance that they have been manufactured by a company with over 50 years’ experience.’
Anthony Roberts, group marketing communications manager, said: ‘It’s been great to be involved with the refurbishment as I attended this University as a student and understand the importance of stair safety in such busy environments.
‘The XT stair edgings range combines safety, performance and aesthetic for a complete solution that minimises slip accidents on stairs. GXT11 was the perfect fit for Nunnery Court, providing a safe solution that also complemented the modern and clean aesthetic of the building.’
Gradus says the XT range has been developed in line with the latest legislation in Approved Document M of the Building Regulations 2010, and the XT stair edgings are available to download as BIM objects. ‘This provides specifiers with up-to-date, accurate technical information to build into their next project.’