Cost Effective GRP Modular Handrails

GRP modular handrail systems offer a cost-effective, durable, and easy to install alternative to traditional steel materials. 

These modular GRP handrail systems are designed for low maintenance and are particularly suited for commercial and industrial applications due to their outstanding corrosion and impact resistance, as well as high strength-to-weight ratios.

Unlike steel, aluminium, and timber, GRP modular handrails significantly outperform in terms of longevity and overall cost savings.

50mm x 40mm GRP pultruded tube (5mm wall) in 5m lengths that fit exactly into a comprehensive range of matching GRP moulded fittings including GRP Stanchions.

The pultruded tube and toe plate are manufactured from high-grade isophthalic polyester resin with E-glass fibre roving, a continuous filament mat, and a surface veil.

The moulded fittings are created from a proprietary sheet moulding compound, incorporating chopped E-glass fibre, isophthalic polyester resin, and mineral filler to ensure robustness and longevity.

Available in yellow or grey, these components allow for bespoke solutions tailored to specific aesthetic or safety requirements. This glass reinforced plastic (GRP) handrail system complies with BS1422-3 standards for Stairs, Stepladders, and Guardrails, offering a reliable and low-maintenance solution for a wide range of industrial fibreglass applications.

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Independently tested by the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, our modular handrail system meets the requirements of BS4592:0 2006+A1 2012 Industrial Flooring, Stairs and Handrails for General Duty (0.36kN/m). Our modular handrail system exhibits excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, alkalis, fresh and salt water, ethylene glycol, petrol and other fuel oils. It is not recommended for extensive exposure to acids and alkalis. The handrail also complies with BS1422-3 Stairs, Stepladders and Guardrails.

- Stanchions, handrail and - Knee rail: GRP tube
- Toe plate (kickboard): pultruded profile
- Moulded fittings: hot pressed moulding

- Yellow (full range)
- Steel grey

What Are The Main Benefits of Composite Handrails?

Composite handrails are a popular choice for a number of industrial and commercial environments. If you’re looking for a cost-effective type of handrail system that is much more durable than traditional alternatives such as steel and aluminium, GRP Modular Handrails should be seriously considered. Moreover, just like the GRP Standard Handrails, they are also weather and corrosion-resistant.

Where Are They Most Suitable?

GRP Handrails (modular) are suitable for a wide range of applications and environments. Here at Engineered Composites, we get many different customers enquiring with us about the supply of handrails. The main purpose of the handrails is for protection and safety. Therefore, they are ideally suited for staircases, pedestrian barriers, and ramps.

Are GRP Handrails Safe?

Yes, of course. Modular handrails are completely safe. GRP Modular Handrails are one of the safest options in the industry because of the connectors used within the structure. There is no sharpness with the handrails so no risk of injury whatsoever to anyone using or touching the handrails. Moreover, Modular Handrails are also really easy to transport due to being lightweight.

Can GRP composite handrails be customised to fit my project?

Yes, GRP composite handrails can be customised to fit your project requirements. Engineered Composites are able to fabricate GRP handrails in various lengths, heights, and designs to suit the specific dimensions and aesthetics of your application. We serve a number of industries when it comes to handrails so you can be sure that you are choosing one of the best handrail suppliers in the UK.

How do GRP handrails compare to metal handrails?

GRP handrails offer advantages over metal handrails. They are lightweight, which simplifies handling and installation. They are also corrosion-resistant, making them suitable for outdoor environments. Additionally, GRP handrails are non-conductive, providing an added safety benefit in electrical or high-voltage areas. GRP is the number #1 in-demand material for its longevity.

How long do GRP handrails last?

GRP handrails have a long service life due to their corrosion resistance and durability. They do not rust, rot, or degrade like metal or wood. With proper installation and maintenance, GRP handrails can last for many years, making them a cost-effective solution for your business or application.

Can GRP handrails withstand outdoor environments?

Yes, GRP handrails are highly resistant to corrosion caused by weather conditions, UV radiation, moisture, and chemicals. They are designed to withstand outdoor environments, making them suitable for applications in both indoor and outdoor settings. Engineered Composites regularly supply GRP handrail for outdoor purposes including railways and leisure centres.

Why Choose Engineered Composites?

Engineered Composites are the UK’s industry-leading GRP supplier. When you choose our team for the supply of GRP products, you are guaranteed an excellent service from start to finish. With over 35 years of experience, quality is promised and delivered.

Engineered Composites have had the pleasure of supplying GRP Handrails throughout the UK for various applications and industries. One of our many recent project was for MM Packaging - a market leader in production in the UK.

As a part of MM Packaging’s commitment to growth and performance in the UK packaging sector, our client has embarked on a multi million pound investment at their site in Deeside North Wales. Engineered Composites supported the project team on their journey by providing Modular Safety Handrailing systems to protect their employees and new assets.

Key challenges:

•Keep production disruption to an absolute minimum. Ensure costs were competitive when
compared to alternative materials.

•Work to a tight installation deadline.

•Ensure costs were competitive when compared to alternative materials.


Engineered Composites supported the MM project team by providing Modular Safety Handrailing systems to protect their employees and new assets. As a locally based GRP Handrailing Supplier to the UK markets, our client benefited from our extensive knowledge base, backed by an unrivalled customer service which saw quotes and solutions offered on the same day and our product delivered within 48hrs.

Key long-term benefits of the project:

•Cost Effective and incredibly durable.

•Low installation and maintenance costs, plus outstanding corrosion and impact resistance.

•GRP modular handrails significantly outperform steel, aluminium and timber equivalents.

When working on a large scale investment project it was a joy to deal with the team at Engineered Composites, I would recommend them to anyone in the UK if they require quality and service at the most competitive prices.

- David Whitworth (Operations Director)

"Excellent Customer Service. Supplied Composite rebar for our precast units (Macrete Ireland Ltd). 5-star service from us for Engineered Composites!''

Clayton Lawrence

"We've being using Engineered Composites services for over 10 years & long may it continue. Professional at all times & no issues with quality or prices. Great range & availability.''

Will Austin

"5-Star service, great company to work with. Make's my life easier with prompt response times, on schedule deliveries and effective communication throughout.''


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