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Behind The Design – Our Opus Industrial Style Staircase as Featured on George Clarke’s Old House New Home

Did you catch the second episode of George Clarke’s Old House New Home on Channel 4? Taking centre stage is our industrial style steel Opus staircase, transforming a small period Victorian terrace into a home fit for a 21st-century single dad.

The Old House, New Home team, transforms properties with history, unlocking their potential creating homes perfect for modern day living. This particular episode got under the skin of two completely different houses, one Victorian and the other Edwardian.

Rick Haines is the owner of the four storey 1880 Victorian Terrace house situated in Stratford upon Avon just behind the birthplace of Shakespeare. This property has been cut up and altered over the years with most of the original features removed. As part of its alterations, it was split into separate dwellings making its super skinny layout cramped and unsuitable for modern use. With each of the three levels being very small, together with a walled-in staircase, the whole property felt claustrophobic and uninspiring to work from home in.

living room before the renovation
the living room before the renovation

A Showcase of Industrial Style

Most of the floors were a single room, so a decision was made to open up the staircase to create an airy open plan feel to the whole house. Harking back to the properties working-class Victorian roots, an industrial style was adopted for the primary scheme. Originally, industrial chic emerged in the late 60s in New York, where old abandoned warehouses were being transformed into studios and open plan loft style stylish homes.

This trending look embraces the rawness of the industrial past, think high ceilings, exposed brickwork, raw woods, dark metals and impressive beams or steelwork, streamlined to create extraordinary living spaces.


These industrial elements, work hand in hand with our unique Opus staircase design. Crafted with raw materials the design relates back to past ironwork industries and metalwork craftsmanship. Completely transforming a space, our exclusive design is constructed intelligently out of forged steel using precision laser cutting techniques into bespoke panels and powder coated with a matte black finish. These beautiful panels are then combined with our Dusted Oak timber to create an impressive statement.

Opus staircase CAD drawings
Neville Johnson Opus staircase CAD drawings produced from the initial project survey

Build Details

To make way for the new staircase design, stud walls had to come down on the lower ground (basement) all the way up to the first floor. With the property having past renovations we weren’t entirely sure what would be found underneath. Adrian Guy, the builder, did a fantastic job of opening up the space working with us to ensure the structure of the staircase was not compromised.

opus staircase after the renovation

industrial staircase after renovation

Design Elements

Working with Chehvani Leanard, Interior designer for Amazing Productions/Channel 4, and the client Rick Haines it was clear that the staircase needed to bring together all of the initial design elements chosen. The staircase had to be a strong architectural piece of furniture, with contemporary shades and finishes that would work seamlessly in each of the spaces. Copper details, natural leathers, bespoke furniture pieces including a classic Eames chair underpinned by soft greys and dark flooring together made a contemporary living space fit for this beautiful period home.

“The homeowner and ourselves would love Neville Johnson staircase, being the leader in this field to be the ones to carry out this transformation. It is the perfect showcase, not only for style but also for the architectural benefits of a staircase like this.”
Quote from Amazing Productions

Finished Opus staircase

This stunning staircase is sure to stand the test of time and make a lasting impact in any home. To discover more about our staircase renovations and to book your own free design consultation click here.

The whole project was completed by an incredible team, Roberta, Steven, Oliver and the rest of the team from Neville Johnson. Interior designer Chehvani Leanard, Adrian Guy from G & B Enterprises Ltd, PMC Flooring Ltd, Amazing Productions and Channel 4.

You can watch the second episode of Old House New Home on Channel 4 on-demand now.

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“I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone”

A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.

Richard Smith, Surrey

“The craftsmanship is superb”

From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.

Judith Scorer, Stockport

“We would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation”

From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.

Rosalind Tunnicliffe, Solihull

“Impressed by the whole process”

From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.

Mrs S. D, Lincolnshire

“Utterly professional”

From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!

Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe

“Hugely admired by family and friends”

The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.

Cherry Murdoch, London

“Effortless from start to finish”

From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.

Alison Cole, Swinton

“Our new staircase looks fantastic”

Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.

Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire

“I cannot recommend this company enough”

I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.

Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham

“The staircase has transformed our living space”

From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Pauline Treston, Northumberland

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