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How-to: Customise your wall mounted handrails

When installing staircases, handrails are one of the final design aspects that people consider. They are an essential aspect in the practicality and safety of stairs, but their aesthetic and design potential are often overlooked… Wall mounted handrails can be a necessary alternative for banisters in certain enclosed staircases, but extra rails on the wall side can also be included alongside banisters for additional safety, especially if the stairs will be used by young or elderly people. At Richard Burbidge, we have wall mounted handrails that add safety to your staircase without compromising on design or quality. The solid timber of our stair parts provides stability and durability. With various colours, finishes and shapes to choose from, you can add an elegant and natural touch to any staircase. Design & Materials Whether you’re going for a neutral colour scheme, the natural beauty of a wooden finish or a bright pop of colour, Richard Burbidge has got handrail options for every design style. Our handrails are available in natural oak and pine, as well as a smooth primed finish that can be painted any colour of your choosing, making them fully customisable. A popular design trend for staircases is using handrails to add a playful splash of colour that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Handrails can be painted in bright colours whilst leaving the rest of the staircase in a neutral wooden or white tone. This effect can also be achieved in enclosed staircases by using our smooth primed finish wall mounted handrails which are prepped for painting any colour, whether it’s a bold statement or a more muted hue. Accessories  The handrails are even more customisable with a range of accessories. Wall brackets span from the simple and minimal Brushed Nickel Wall Bracket to more ornate designs such as the Antique Brass Petal Wall Bracket. There is also a choice of different metal or wooden end caps to add a sleek finish to the rail. Wall brackets and end caps can also be customised to your taste to create a practical and visually pleasing design. Need our help? What’s more, our design consultation service is available to help you refresh your entire staircase and ensure everything works together harmoniously, in both the practical and the aesthetic sense. To learn more and book a design, please visit:  

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Q&A: Kris Roberts

Kris Roberts is a Technical Sales Executive at Archwood Group who originally joined the Joinery/Technical department for Richard Burbidge 16 years ago. We spoke to Kris to discuss all things from day-to-day tasks, client relations and the latest Richard Burbidge products. What is your current day-to-day role/responsibilities in the joinery team?  I help consumers and trade merchants who are interested in our ranges, assisting with parts lists, technical advice and fitting instructions etc. I also provide product training to new starters and our key customers, offering help with fitting instructions and photos for the website. I also get involved with the odd trade day! How does your team offer support to potential clients and customers? We want them to feel confident in our knowledge and our products, as well as the Building Regulations that apply to them. This is a free service and we’re there to help throughout any stage of a project. How do you develop and improve sales prospects? For me, it is all about supplying the right information in the right format. Confidence in the product ensures a seamless purchasing journey, ensuring the item sells itself with a great journey, the product sells itself and we give peace of mind. How do you help make life easy for installers? Installers are very busy, but we understand this and develop trusted relationships that mean they can send a quick email or drop us a call and we’ll know what they need to complete the project. Offering the correct advice and maintaining a helpful attitude goes a long way. What’s the most impressive project you have been involved in?  Wow, there’s been so many. Whilst we’ve worked on some great high-end projects over the years, but sometimes a simple revamp on a date hallway that’s been revitalised without too much expense is just as impressive an outcome. It’s always really nice to get happy feedback from customers too and see how happy any ‘DIYers’ are with their completed projects. Can you provide some information on the benefits of some of the new Richard Burbidge products? The new Elements Inset Glass range offers really sleek lines in either a natural oak or pine finish. The pine option also allows for you paint the stairparts to suit your taste, grey and black are especially on trend right now! The range was developed to provide an easy-top-fit system that looks modern and high quality, and we’re seeing great sales results already! Some of our other recent launches include the addition of our new metal caps, wall brackets and added finishing touches available for our black Elements balusters. Our new shadow caps are on trend and allow you to use an existing post, allowing for quick and easy staircase transformations. Our new cladding kits are also set to be a big seller, as we’ve found that many people don’t want the expense of removing old posts but want a new look and here it is, I’ve had some fabulous before and afters with this kit already! How to find out more?   We offer free design consultations to all potential customers. All we need is a few photos sent across of the current stairs and the lengths you want to cover, as well as your choice of range and we’ll do the rest. If you aren’t sure what you want or need, we’re also happy to offer options. The easiest way to access this is via our website here: You can also contact us via at or call our dedicated technical line: 01691 678212.

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Q&A Zoe Goff

Zoe Goff is Product Manager for the Richard Burbidge portfolio whose career started over 16 years ago. Initially joining the company as Product Manager of Stairparts, Zoe returned to the business following a short career break and has since been developing a bank of product ideas for the brand’s portfolio. What is your current day-to-day role/responsibilities? What I love about working for a small company is that I get to be involved in a wide array of projects and day-to-day management of the Richard Burbidge portfolio.  Overall, I look after Stairparts, Outdoor, Mouldings and DIY timber products. I also work on pricing for all the products for our customer base and their entire life cycle, from development to launch and their ongoing management. I look after how each product is made i.e., their specification, production drawings, packaging requirements, how they are sold and who to. Can you provide some insight on some of the new products at Richard Burbidge for 2023? Our re-newel cladding was launched this year and is growing in success each week.  Existing newels can be structurally difficult to remove in an existing staircase, so coming up with a newel cladding product that gives fresh clean lines to an existing newel is the perfect solution. What we are aiming to do is to ensure that all products are easier and timesaving when it comes to installation. With the economy under pressure and people in the UK having less disposable income, we have also been expanding the number of products which are at a lower price point – this includes introducing an off-the-shelf fully tested glass stairparts range in pine. Ideal for painting and a much lower price than oak, the use of pine is perfect for achieving specific trends within the home. It’s also manufactured on-site at our factory in Chirk, North Wales. The new fully tested glass stairparts system also has fewer components than ever, which makes the system easier to fit, saves time for the installer and makes the basket price more affordable in the current economic climate. However, our research has always shown that the end user is pleasantly surprised about the price of a staircase refurbishment. My favourite addition to the range is the Elements Shadow newel cap. The trend of streamlined newels has continued, and this addition to the range has meant that we can offer the illusion of a newel without a cap with just the perfect amount of detail. How does sustainability factor in the new collections? As part of our Race to Zero, where we aim to achieve Net Zero by no later than 2050, sustainability is at the forefront of all of our new collections and business initiatives. We have recently increased production in our factory in Chirk, North Wales which widely reduces the number of miles our timber travels, reducing carbon emissions from our transportation. All of our timber is FSC approved too, ensuring it is sustainably sourced and an eco-friendly option for customers. We’re also constantly improving our packaging and removing as much plastic as possible - and where we do need a little, we always ensure it is recycled. The new collections at Richard Burbidge are no different. Is there anything else in the pipeline for Richard Burbidge in terms of product launches? The great thing about my role, especially with Stairparts, is that the majority of the products we launch are at some time or another through my role – so I have in-depth knowledge of every Stairparts product. Although, I do lean on the Joinery and Technical manager, Leigh Sperring, for his technical whizzy brain. However, I feel it is my responsibility to help each and every product grow and maximise its potential. We have some very exciting new developments coming up at Richard Burbidge, so watch this space to see what comes next.  

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Archwood Group Proudly Sponsors the Dee Valley Dragons Netball Team

Archwood Group, is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Dee Valley Dragons Netball Team, furthering its commitment to creating a positive impact in the local community. Based in Llangollen, North Wales, the Dragons are set to flourish with the support of Archwood Group, contributing to their growth and development.  Archwood Group, a family-owned and professionally run company, is a leading manufacturer of timber products, encompassing two well-known trading brands: Richard Burbidge and Atkinson & Kirby. By aligning itself with the values of the Dee Valley Dragons Netball Team, Archwood Group reinforces its dedication to quality and community engagement. Established in July 2021 by a group of passionate local residents, the Dee Valley Dragons Netball Team is a new community-based initiative aiming to provide accessible netball opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels. Under the guidance of club chair Becky Roberts, the Dragons train and host friendly matches on Wednesday evenings at the Llangollen Leisure Centre. As the most popular women's team sport, netball continues to experience significant growth, and the Dee Valley Dragons Netball Team is determined to play an active role in expanding its reach. The club has established strong ties with Ysgol Dinas Bran, the local high school, to encourage younger players to join and develop their skills. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Archwood Group, the Dragons have been able to invest in essential netball equipment and purchase training jackets. Expressing her enthusiasm, club chair Becky Roberts stated: "We are fully committed to offering flexible and accessible netball opportunities to our local community, be it in social games or competitive league matches. Our invaluable partnership with Dinas Bran and the Llangollen Leisure Centre has been instrumental in our journey, and we eagerly anticipate the future development of our club." The club's committee, comprised of five founding members, shares a deep-rooted passion for netball. Despite not having played the sport for an extended period since their school days, they have rediscovered their love for it and formed close-knit friendships through the club. The Dragons have been immensely grateful for the support received from Archwood Group, which has allowed them to bring a diverse group of individuals together, fostering lifelong connections. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of the Archwood Group said: “At Archwood, we believe in supporting initiatives that bring people together and promote well-being in our community. It's especially meaningful to us because one of our employees, Emily Burgoyne, played a pivotal role in founding the club. We are proud to contribute to their mission of providing accessible netball opportunities and fostering strong friendships within our community." For more information about the Dee Valley Dragons Netball Team and their activities please email:

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A Guide to Choosing The Right Stair Handrail

  Stair handrails are an important element in any home, offering safety and stability when using the stairs. But how do you know which stair rail is the right one for your home? At Richard Burbidge we stock a selection of stairparts systems, but also a range of wall mounted handrail kits, which this guide is all about. We’ll help you make an informed decision when it comes to selecting the best stair rail for your needs. We will discuss everything from types of stair rails, to how to choose handrails for stairs, to choosing the right materials for your vision. No matter what type of staircase you have in your home, these tips and tricks can help you choose the perfect handrail for your space. Here, we will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision when selecting the right stair handrail or staircase handrail for your space. So if you’re searching for the best stair rail for your home, look no further. Let’s start at the beginning and find out exactly how to choose handrails for stairs. Factors to consider when choosing stair handrail designs When it comes to making your home safe and secure, it's always important to ensure that your staircases are structurally built and reliably sound. That's why it's important to choose a stair handrail that suits your home – and your personal style. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the perfect stair handrail for your home. Practicality The first thing to consider is how practical the handrail needs to be. Do you need a stair rail that is strong and durable, with a long lifespan? If so, you'll need to choose one that is made of sturdy, high-quality materials that won't rust or warp over time. Consider things like handrail height, the types of handrails that will work for your purpose, and how much maintenance will be required. Design Modern handrails come in a huge range of designs, so you can mix and match the materials and colours to suit your décor. Think about what look you're trying to create – are you after a modern staircase design, a contemporary minimal look, or a classic stairparts style? Our range of stairparts includes modern designs like our Fusion Collection, staircases with a twist on the classic look like in the Elements Collection, and plenty more. Safety Safety should always be your number one priority when choosing staircase handrails. You'll need to make sure that it's the right height and the right size for your stairs, and that it's easy to grip. You should also look for handrails that have been tested to ensure that they meet safety standards. All Richard Burbidge stairparts and fittings are tested for quality, durability and reliability. Made from the strongest wood and designed by our experienced experts, we're trusted by installers and regulators across the UK. Functionality You'll also need to think about how the handrail will be used. If you're looking for a safety rail for the elderly or disabled, then you might want to consider a wall-mounted rail. However, if you're looking for a rail for decorative purposes, you could opt for one that is more of a statement piece. No matter what type of stair handrail you choose for your home, keep in mind all the factors listed above. The right stair railing can be a great addition to your home, so take the time to choose one that is both stylish and safe. Different Types of Stair Handrails Popular Styles The stair handrail is one of the most important components of any staircase. The handrail you choose for your staircase must meet both the safety regulations and aesthetic requirements of the design. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the popular styles of stair handrails available: To start with, timber is generally the most popular choice for stair handrails. Not only does it look good, but it also provides a nice warm feel to the staircase. Wooden handrails can be tailored and personalised to fit any design, and are renowned for their affordability and reliable nature. It’s important to note that wood handrails require regular maintenance and need to be treated correctly to ensure they don’t crack or splinter. However, once properly finished, a wooden handrail for a staircase will stand the test of time. Another popular choice for a stairway handrail is metal. Stainless steel is commonly used for indoor handrails as it has a very modern look and feel. Adding metal elements (such as newel caps) to a wooden handrail is often a popular choice for those on a tight budget or those looking for a more minimalist design. Whichever type of material you choose for your stair handrail, it’s important to ensure that it complies with local UK regulations and the overall design. With so many choices now available across the Richard Burbidge range, you’re sure to find the perfect stair handrail that meets both requirements. How to measure for a handrail If you're looking to give your staircase a facelift, fitting a stair handrail is a great place to start. A well-measured and installed stair handrail can bring a classic, polished look to any home. However, if you're unfamiliar with the process, you may be wondering how to measure for a stair handrail. Fortunately, the process doesn't have to be complicated. With a few simple steps, you'll be prepared to measure and install a stair handrail with ease. We always recommend contacting a trusted installer to fit your handrail to ensure maximum comfort, reliability and durability. Before you get started, here's what you'll need to measure a handrail: A measuring tape Pen or pencil Notepad Stair rail or spacer Now, let's take a look at how to measure for a stair handrail. Step 1: Measure Your Stairs The first step in measuring for a stair rail is measuring the length and width of your stairs. Pay special attention to any stair risers or drops. You'll want this measurement to be as accurate as possible. Step 2: Measure the Handrail Once you've determined the length and width of your stairs, the next step is to measure the stair handrail. If you're using a metal or wooden stair rail that's pre-cut, take measurements from the rail's middle portion. This will help ensure that your handrail fits snugly against your stairs. Step 3: Mark the Install Points Using the measurements you've taken, mark the points where the stair rail should be installed. This will give you a guide for where each end of the stair rail should be placed. Step 4: Install the Handrail Now that you've marked the install points, it's time to install the handrail. Depending on the type of stair rail you have, the installation process may vary. For metal and wood handrails screwed into the wall, use the marked install points as a guide. For plastic handrails, use the marked install points as a guide and carefully install the rail by bending it to fit snugly against the stairs. So, when it comes to choosing a stair handrail, there are a few key factors to consider. The material of the handrail needs to be chosen depending on the look desired, the budget, and how much traffic the stairs will receive. Any handrail should also be installed to meet UK building code, as of course ensuring safety is paramount. The style of the handrail should match the design of the stairs, as well as complement the styling of the room or home. Fortunately, the Richard Burbidge range offers unbeatable variety and flexibility to build the style that suits your project. Finally, the length of the handrail should be taken into account to determine how many posts and fittings will be needed for a successful installation. By considering all of these factors, you should be able to choose a stair handrail that looks great, is safe, and fits into your budget. To start creating the ideal staircase for your home, request a copy of our latest brochure or book a Design Consultation to speak to one of our experts.

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Archwood Group Sets New Carbon Reduction Plan In Place

Leading manufacturer of timber products, Archwood Group, has implemented a new carbon reduction plan as it celebrates significant first year achievements as part of the United Nations’ Race to Net Zero campaign. Since joining the United Nations’ Race to Zero Campaign in November 2021, the business has already achieved a 62% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions. As part of its pledge to achieve Net Zero, Archwood Group is committed to reaching zero emissions by 2050 and halving emissions across all facets of the business by 2030. To help further its sustainability goals and verify its carbon footprint, Archwood Group also partnered with Planet Mark, an independent sustainability certification body to help assess and verify the group’s carbon footprint and subsequent reductions.  Following the group’s first year of actions, the team have seen a 62% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 carbon missions. This follows various actions that the manufacturer has put in place, including the installation of over 2,600 solar panels at its Chirk factory, installing seven electric vehicle charging points, upgrading to electric fork lift trucks and switching to 100% renewable power on site. The business also plans to eliminate all non-recyclable plastics from its packaging over the course of 2023. As a result, Archwood Group has already been shortlisted for two awards for its recent sustainability achievements at the FSB Sustainability Awards and the Wales Business Awards for ‘Green Business of the Year’. Both its Chirk factory in North Wales and in Livingston, Scotland are included within the Net Zero commitment to measure and reduce the direct emissions, including transportation from timber sources to the supplier, to Archwood Group and onto the customer. Now, a full carbon reduction plan has been established to continue these year-on-year results. Across the entire business, from fuel to energy, a long-term commitment has been put in place to achieve Net Zero by 2050 and reduce global carbon emissions by 50% before 2030. Further ambitions include: eliminating all carbon emissions from fuels consumed at all operational sites and its internal HGV fleet by 2030, as well as achieving zero carbon emissions and the ability generate 100% of its own energy requirement by 2030. Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood Group, comments: “A total reduction of 62% in carbon emissions within one year is an incredible achievement and demonstrates all of the hard work that our team has dedicated towards our sustainability goals.” “The carbon reduction plan now set in place at Archwood will ensure these results are maintained and improved annually. Our involvement in the Race to Zero campaign is at the forefront of all of our business decisions and will continue to be in years to come.”

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