Our Senior Project Manager, Vas, has installed a number of staircases over the last couple of years and has become a bit of an expert on what to do to make sure the process runs smoothly. Here’s his advice on the important things to think about before starting your fit out.

1, Have early engagement with a structural engineer to discuss the viability of the scheme
2, Agree a Design Responsibility Matrix between the structural engineer, staircase contractor, structural alterations package contractors and architect
3, Speak to the building control and fire officer about the revised fire strategy and treatment of finishes during the design stage
4, Engage with your specialist staircase contractor as early as possible
5, Consider license to alter times and landlord approval timescales for all structural alternations
6, Discuss timescales and logistical considerations around installation of a staircase with your chosen fit out contractor. Make sure you allow enough time for this
7, Allow time for integration of the staircase to the surrounding architectural elements
8, Think about your future maintenance and access strategy during the installation. What’s the plan when the contractor leaves