find some notes from Approved Document K of the Building Regulations 1992:
Stairs, Ramps and Guards gives
provisions for stairways in the design and building of stairways which
form part of the
structure and guidance on the aspects of geometry and guarding
BS585 Part 1 1989: Woodstairs
covers specifications for stairs with closed risers for domestic use,
and winder flights and quarter or half landings. Appendix A of this standard
also details the recommendations for the
site fixing of stairs.
BS5395 Part 1 1977: Stairs, Ladders and Walkways covers the design of
BS6180 1982: Code of practice for protective barriers in and about buildings. Click Here for Updated information
Private stairs intended to be used for only one dwelling with a
maximum rise of 220mm and a minimum going of
220mm. A maximum pitch of 42° is stipulated for domestic stairs.
Institutional and assembly
stairs serving a place where a substantial number of people will gather,
with a maximum
rise of 150mm and a minimum going of 280mm.
Other stairs covers
all other types of buildings, with a maximum rise of 190mm and a minimum
going of 250mm.
The normal relationship between
the dimensions of the rise and going can be expressed as detailed in Approved
Document K, which states that twice the rise plus the going (2R+G) should
be between 550mm and 700mm.
Pitch the angle between
the pitch line (notional line connecting nosings) and the horizontal.
The maximum pitch for
domestic stairs is 42°, semi-public stairs, eg factories, offices
and common stairs serving more than one dwelling, 38°
and public stairs, eg places of public assembly, 33°.
Height of handrails
Approved Document K states that flights should have a handrail on at least
one side if they are
less than one metre wide and on both sides if they are wider than one
metre. There is no need for handrails beside the
bottom two steps of a stairway. Minimum domestic handrail heights of 900mm
for both stairs and landings, public
handrail heights should be a minimum of 900mm on stairs and 1100mm on
It is also a Building Regulations
requirement that no openings in any balustrading should allow the passage
note this is not a full representation of the building regulations on
staircases and Stairplan take no responsability for any staircases
manufactured by any other staircase manufacturer or joiner.
For more detailed information on the current UK Building regulations
on staircases use the link on the links page.
Here are some Links to pages
out of The Building Regulations Document K.
Page 4. .This is a short introduction to Document K.
Page 5. This page is titled Guidance and
covers topics titled Performance, Intoduction and Definitions.
Page 6. This page covers the Steepness of
the Staircase with information on the Rise and Going, this page also notes
on the construction of the steps in relation to the 100mm sphere rules.
Page 7. This page covers Headroom, Stair
Widths and the total length a flight of stairs can go to.
Page 8 .This page refers to the areas required
to be left when a doorway is near the staircase, and also provides
information on the layout of Winder staircases.
Page 9. This page covers the Space Saver
staircases otherwise known as Alternating Tread Staircases.
Fixed ladders. also Handrails to staircases.
Page 10. This covers Ramps.
Page 11. K2 and K3 Health and Safety in
repect of Guarding.
Page 12. Guarding to different areas.(handrail
Page 13. 100mm Sphere Rule.
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