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Gradus step up to the mark at the University of Derby

XT stair edgings from contract interiors specialists, Gradus, have been installed to core staircases at the institution's Nunnery Court halls

Posted by Julian Owen | November 24, 2017 | Interiors

Situated on Nuns Street, University of Derby's Nunnery Court has recently undergone a major refurbishment to its rooms and communal areas to modernise the fittings, fixtures and décor. The development, which is one of nine halls of residence, has 308 premium and standard student’s rooms.

With hundreds of people passing through the halls of residence each year, the staircases need to be able to withstand heavy footfall, whilst also providing “a safe and inclusive environment for students, staff and visitors alike”.

GXT11 aluminium stair edgings from Gradus’s XT range were chosen for their safety and durability. They protect the step edge and surrounding floorcoverings from damage, reducing maintenance costs. The range also features an insert extending around the leading edge of the profile to ensure foot contact is always made with the slip-resistant element, reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls.

Victoria Parry, Hall Manager for Nunnery Court, said: “We required a robust stair edging system that could withstand the large amount of people accessing the halls and using the staircases on a daily basis. We’re extremely pleased with the finished outcome, not only do they look great, we have the added reassurance that they have been manufactured by a company with over 50 years’ experience.”

For further information on Gradus’ full range of XT stair edgings, please call 01625 428922 or visit

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