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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Open Staircases & Children

Open Staircases & Children - Safety Are open staircases safe for small children and infants? This is a question we get asked on a regular basis. The simple answer is that a staircase designed and built to UK regulations IS deemed to be safe. UK regulations state that no part of... [read more]

Posted: 8th February 2017

Tender Process vs Staircase Design

Design is not at the heart of the tender process [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you have set your heart on a dream kitchen or bathroom, it is unlikely that you will allow your QS (Quantity Surveyor) to substitute an alternative design or cheaper units. This rule applies to anything bespoke that you have personally... [read more]

Posted: 7th February 2017

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 other leading designers at the Royal Armouries, Leeds for the 14th Northern Design Awards on 11 November. We were delighted to be presented with the award for Best Product Design 2016 by Wayne... [read more]

Posted: 14th November 2016

Northern Design Awards | 2016 Finalists

Bisca are 2016 Finalists at Northern Design Awards We are proud to be one of the 2016 Finalists at the Northern Design Awards. Following last year's success, this year we are pinning our hopes on a floating helical staircase. The new build property has real Yorkshire integrity in its design.  The exterior... [read more]

Posted: 17th October 2016

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 and Manual Handling training courses. Welding is a core part of the workshop role at Bisca. All our craftsmen are highly skilled individuals with a keen eye for... [read more]

Posted: 20th August 2016

Staircase Feature | Yorkshire Living

Bisca staircase feature in September issue of Yorkshire Living Staircase feature and company profile in September's edition of Yorkshire Living out towards end of August. The article showcases some of the best commissions from our archive and provides a potted history of Bisca and Founder, Richard McLane. The staircase on the... [read more]

Posted: 18th August 2016

Finalist 2016 Awards | BuildIt

Bisca are finalists in Build It 2016 Awards 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. Bisca were lucky enough to win in 2013, shortlisted in 2014 before... [read more]

Posted: 25th July 2016

Hallways Feature | Build It

Hallways Feature - July 2016 The Bisca staircase used in Build It's Hallways Feature in the July edition is one of our older designs, but eternally popular. Commissioned for the entrance hall of a Jersey property, the staircase is both elegant and minimalist. Impossibly slim cantilevered treads of kiln dried... [read more]

Posted: 6th June 2016

Safety First | Chainsaw Training

Chainsaw Training for Workshop Craftsmen 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. A refresher for some, and completely new to others,... [read more]

Posted: 11th May 2016

Team Bisca @ Yorkshire Warrior

Stair Training Pays Off for Yorkshire Warrior 2016 All the running up and down stairs obviously helped the Bisca team during their training for Yorkshire Warrior. The team successfully completed the 10 mile race in just over 2 hours on a day of sunshine, sleet, more sunshine and mud. Lots of mud. During the course... [read more]

Posted: 4th May 2016

Staircase Budgets | Build It

Staircase Budgets - Spending Wisely Spending staircase budgets wisely and in context with other areas is worth some consideration before you go ahead and order your dream kitchen. Your kitchen or bathroom will probably be ripped out and replaced as fashions change. Your staircase, on the other hand, is an... [read more]

Posted: 25th April 2016

Balustrades Feature | HBR

Bisca in Balustrades Feature for Home Building & Renovating May 2016 Bisca are in May's issue of Homebuilding & Renovating in a balustrades feature article. Our clients had embarked on an ambitious project to totally restore and update a substantial 1960’s suburban villa. They were happy with the overall shape... [read more]

Posted: 7th April 2016