A SPECIALIST handrail firm in Bolton has hit new heights - after being commissioned to add their expertise to two of London's most prestigious building projects.

Handrail Creations, of Burnden Road, has cut quite a dash in ash for the new £1billion Square Mile headquarters for Goldman Sachs.

Once it is finished, the 10-storey landmark will have the largest trading floor in the city and boast its own nursery, water play area and contemplation rooms.

And their handiwork can also be spotted at 22 Bishopgate, a skyscraper under development, also in the City of London ,which will become Europe's second highest building upon completion.

Father-and-son team Martin and Kenny Macfarlane have built up the HC name until it has become one of the go-to names when architects want to add a touch of refinement to their blueprints. Their work can even be seen in the House of Parliament.

Kenny, commenting on the Goldman Sachs commission, said: "The ash handrails twist and snake their way through a feature staircase, morphing and changing shape when running onto the landing.

"The handrails vary from 100mm wide to 380mm wide, wreathing around corners and will be used by some of the world's financial giants."

Each of the crafted parts was custom-made and pre-assembled at their factory in Manchester before installation at the London showpiece, which will eventually house 6,000 staff for the financial giant.

Earlier this year the outfit also manufactured more than 3,000 individual parts for the Bishopgate project.

The tower, now being overseen by a development consortium called Axa, has 61 floors, with a market in the lower portion, a sky bar and restaurant near the summit and offices for several international corporations.

As far as contracts go, the Macfarlanes say two-thirds of their work is centred around the capital, with their designers and engineers working at properties in the likes of Chelsea, Mayfair, Hampstead and Notting Hill week in, week out.

Art galleries, embassies and shopping centres across the metropolis have also signed up for their services, according to the firm.

Blue-chip clients in their portfolio include Google, Hermes, Harvey Nichols, Apple, Interserve and Hugo Boss.

Last year the company was shortlisted as a finalist in a manufacturing category at the Made in the North West awards.

Their talents also saw them take part in a head-to-head competition for Grand Designs Live, which was judged by Kevin McCloud and staged at the Birmingham NEC. And in 2017 they were named the SME business of the year at the Bolton and Bury Business Awards.