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Welcome to Bisca’s news blog. In addition to news, views, projects under construction and industry articles, this section hosts popular ‘From the Bottom Step’ – written by Richard McLane.

From the Bottom Step contains definitive articles, staircase trends, tips, tricks, thoughts & random musings from Richard McLane, Founder & Design Director.

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Finalists at Architect Journal Specification Awards | Architecture Awards

Bisca Through to Finals of Architects Journal Specification Awards
Have you heard the news?

We are finalists in the Architects […]

Build It Awards Finalists – Best Joinery Product

Finalists – Build It Awards 2018
Back in the running for Best Joinery Product in this years Build It Awards

We won the […]

Ornate Balustrade | Nouveau vs Deco

A lot of people get confused by the differences between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Richard McLane explains the differences between the two and what this means when you are planning your balustrade design.

Staircase Trends | Spring 2018

Richard McLane on the recurring topic of staircase trends. Looking back 10+ years into staircase design trends, materials, lighting, styles and consumer preferences affecting staircase design.

Staircase Tips | Understanding Landings

A brief article outlining common landing types used in staircase design. A landing has both form and function and is part of the staircase.

Best Staircase for your Budget | Choosing Staircases

If you think you can't afford a staircase design specialist to make your staircase, think again. Richard McLane, Bisca's founder and Design Director explains why engaging a staircase specialist is always the best option in terms of getting the most for your budget.

Finalists 2017 | Northern Design Awards

Bisca have again reached the finals of Northern Design Awards. After winning best product category twice, in 2015 and 2016, we are hoping for a hat-trick in the designer/maker category in 2017

Concrete vs Steel Staircases | Choosing Staircases

Richard McLane on the subject of staircase structures and the hidden costs of asking your builder to create your staircase.

Metal Balustrades | Wrought Iron Misunderstood

The first thing we ask clients enquiring about "wrought iron" balustrades is what they really mean, as it's extremely unlikely they want what they've just asked for. Wrought iron is a term generically applied to metal balustrades, but in reality wrought iron has been replaced by steel in modern balustrade design.

Open Staircases & Children

Open staircases are safe for children if designed properly and in accordance with UK building regulations. Find out what you need to look for when choosing a staircase or moving into a property with an open rise staircase.

Tender Process vs Staircase Design

Richard McLane, Design Director of Bisca, explains the importance of fully understanding the tender process and, more importantly, the effect it may have on your project.

Winners 2016 Northern Design Awards | Best Product Design

Winners of Best Product Design Category  | Best Product Design
Nominated in the best product design category, Bisca joined hundreds of […]

Northern Design Awards | 2016 Finalists

Bisca are proud to be one of the 2016 Finalists at the Northern Design Awards. Following last year's success with our Shippon Staircase, this year we are pinning our hopes on a floating helical staircase.

Workshop Training | August

August was a busy month for Workshop Training.
In addition to their day to day workload the craftsman attended both Welding Refresher […]

Finalist 2016 Awards | BuildIt

Build It have announced the shortlist for this year's Build It Awards. We are are delighted to find out that once again we are selected as one of the finalists. We were were lucky enough to win in 2013, shortlisted in 2014 before winning again in 2015 - so we are looking forward to this year.

Safety First | Chainsaw Training

In a month that started off with snow and temperatures that varied from 1 degree with sleet, to 24 degrees under cloudless blue skies, we were very lucky to pick a perfect day for our chainsaw training.

Team Bisca @ Yorkshire Warrior

All the running up and down stairs obviously helped the Bisca team during their training for Yorkshire Warrior. The Bisca team successfully completed the 10 mile race in Harrogate at the weekend in just over 2 hours on a day of sunshine, sleet, more sunshine and mud. Lots of mud.

Welcome to Bisca’s New Website

In addition to the new easier to use gallery with larger images and a full product description, other new features include a before and after gallery, sections specifically for those clients wanting to renovate a staircase or replace an existing one.

Northern Design Awards Winner | Best Product Design

We were proud to accept the award for Best Product Design at the Northern Design Awards 2015. This particular staircase, made for a Shippon in Devon, has been a great favourite with clients, editors and judges and also won the Best Joinery Product award at the 2015 Build it Awards.

Build It Awards Winner | Best Joinery Product

Back on the Winners Podium at Build It Awards 2015. Following on from our 2013 win, and 2104 shortlisting, we were proud to be awarded Best Joinery Product for this Shippon Staircase. The staircase was a great favourite with the whole team from start to finish - most of whom had a hand in its creation.
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