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Handrail Design | HQ | Chatham

Sail & Colour Loft, built 1734

Historic Dockyard, Chatham

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Since its formation in 1991, the company has operated from the Sail & Colour Loft in the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent. A scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed building, dating from 1734, this is where ship’s sails, flags and canvas gear were originally produced, most notably for Nelson's flagship HMS Victory.

Handrail Design | HQ | Chatham

|  ABOUT US  |

Based at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, just 30 miles from London, Handrail Design Limited is a privately owned British company and a specialist trade contractor to the Construction Industry. We have been pioneering engineered modular handrail systems with a comprehensive end-to-end service since 1991.


Our icon® modular handrail systems are the most specified choice of UK Architects and we have successfully undertaken countless landmark projects, both abroad and here in the UK. Our services are continually endorsed by many leading Developers and Contractors.


Above all, we are most passionate about our products and fully committed to the services we provide, continually striving to maintain our reputation of being the market leader in our field.


Howard Cochrane has been in the Handrail Industry for 35 years. His innovative engineering approach has led to the development of the industry leading icon modular handrail & balustrade systems.


Joint founder and Managing Director of Handrail Design Limited, the Company has undertaken handrail projects with a combined value in excess of £70M.


Howard is a BSI technical committee member and he also heads up Handrail Design’s participation in the Government funded Platform Design Programme for the Construction Innovation Hub.

Howard Cochrane

Managing Director

Handrail Design | HQ | Chatham



We operate as an end-to-end company with a fully integrated service, from the initial design process, through manufacturing and supply to final installation and we firmly believe that the best way to achieve genuine time and cost benefits for stakeholders is to work with them in identifying the most effective ways to implement their requirements.

This holistic approach means too that we take issues such as quality control and regulation compliance very seriously. Every process that takes place within our organisation is recorded and evaluated via a rigorous and documented Quality Assurance system, ensuring all aspects of our work achieve consistent end results of the highest standard.

Handrail Design | HQ | Chatham


Right from the beginning of any project, before installation, our technical team are on hand to offer guideline pricing, assist with the NBS specifications, provide expert advice on British Standards & Building Regulations and resolve any technical queries. AutoCAD drawings, 3D modelling & rendering services and BIM objects are available for all icon products.

Presentations, real or virtual, can also be arranged at initial planning stages in order to evaluate the potential benefits of each system and aid in the selection of finishes. So that clients may have that all important tactile experience of our products and see exactly how our modular systems go together, we have created demonstration sets that we can bring along to any presentation and we also have 'pencil case' sample packs of our standard handrail finishes, available on request.


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Once we have completed installation of our handrail systems, our commitment to customers doesn't stop there. We offer a comprehensive after-sales service and all components in our icon modular systems are backed by a 25 year guarantee, terms and conditions available on request.

We value ongoing relationships with our customers and welcome opportunities to run CPD courses or make regular product and technical presentations. We believe keeping customers appraised of our latest design and installation developments and maintaining an awareness of their ongoing needs provides opportunities to improve efficiency and so realise further time and cost savings. Details of CPD courses and presentations are available on request:


icon Product Brochure

Implementation Brochure

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Perfect Stairs

Solid & Laser Cut Panels


Our icon modular systems and implementation techniques are by nature technically complex and this website aims only to give an overview of what we can offer. We do however have a comprehensive range of digital literature, explaining in detail about each aspect of our products and services. These can be viewed online and also downloaded as PDF documents, which can be read offline using any suitable PDF reader.


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