ESSA Academy, Bolton chooses the innovative TAPER-LOC® System from C.R. Laurence to create a striking staircase within the ‘inside outside’ space

The staircase has been built within the hall of the academy, which exhibits a modern blend of stylish interior design glass features together with the spaciousness and open-air feeling of an outside area.

TAPER-LOC® is the simple way to install glass railings and balustrades. It is 50 per cent faster to install than traditional alternatives and as it is a totally dry glaze system there is no need for wet cement. Conforming to BS6180:2011 the product is completely unique because it uses a horizontal TAPER-LOC® design, which allows the system to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set easily and efficiently. This also makes the TAPER-LOC® System ideal for replacing scratched and broken panels in existing applications.

Steven Gill, of Webber Engineering – steelwork specialists who constructed the staircase, commented,

“CRL’s range of Architectural Hardware is first-rate. In particular, their TAPER-LOC™ System enabled a fast and efficient installation, which not only makes our job easier but keeps costs to a minimum. Their products are also backed up with an excellent Technical Support division.”

To finish the project CRL’s Cap Rails were used throughout the staircase and balcony area, in a 51mm diameter. These premium cap rails are manufactured by bump-forming to ensure reduced spring back. The Cap Rails have a standard wall thickness of 3.2mm and are available in diameters ranging from 38.1mm to 101.6mm, as well as oval and square profiles in a wide range of architectural finishes.

For further information regarding C.R. Laurence’s TAPER-LOC® Dry Glaze Balustrade System, or any other product from their extensive Architectural Hardware range, contact them on freephone 00 800 0421 6144, email crl(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign), or visit