GRP Handrails

GRP Handrails, are innovative solutions designed for durability, safety, and ease of installation. These handrails are made from glass reinforced plastic (GRP), superior to traditional metal and timber options, due to their high strength-to-weight ratio. The non-conductive nature of GRP, combined with its resistance to corrosion, makes these systems exceptionally cost-effective and low maintenance.

Our standard GRP handrails are a testament to this quality. Comprising four profiles, available in 6-metre lengths, they are easy to assemble. The installation involves drilling a 38mm hole for the knee rail tube in the box sections, with the handrail profile placed on top and the toe rail at the base.

GRP Handrail Systems from Engineered Composites are designed to meet relevant standards, ensuring compliance with BS4592:0 2006+A1 2012 for Industrial Flooring, Stairs, and Handrails for Heavy Duty (0.74kN/m), as well as BS1422-3 for Stairs, Stepladders, and Guardrails. This adherence to standards underscores our commitment to safety and quality in providing reliable, efficient handrail solutions.

GRP Handrails

Our GRP Modular Handrails are a versatile and cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications. This system is designed to offer flexibility and ease of installation, making it a preferred choice for both new constructions and retrofit projects.

  • Modularity and Range of Fittings: The modular nature of our system allows for a vast range of fittings to be used, accommodating various design requirements and spatial constraints. This flexibility ensures that our handrail system can be adapted to suit any environment, whether industrial, commercial, or residential.
  • Handrail Components and GRP Fittings: We provide a comprehensive selection of handrail components and GRP fittings, designed to ensure seamless integration and robust performance. These components include tubular sections, connectors, and brackets, all manufactured to the highest standards.
  • Tubular Design: The tubular design of our handrails not only contributes to the aesthetic appeal but also enhances the structural integrity of the installation. This design feature ensures that our handrails are both functional and visually pleasing.
  • Top Rail Features: The top rail of our GRP Modular Handrails is engineered for comfort and safety, providing a secure grip and contributing to the overall stability of the handrail system.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: One of the key advantages of our GRP Modular Handrail System is its cost-effectiveness. This system provides a durable and long-lasting solution, reducing the need for frequent replacements or extensive maintenance, thus offering significant savings over time.

Our GRP Modular Handrail System is an adaptable, reliable, and economical choice for those seeking a high-quality handrail solution. With its range of fittings, sturdy components, and cost-saving benefits, it stands as an excellent investment for a variety of applications.

Industrial GRP Handrail

Our Industrial GRP Handrail is a bespoke solution crafted from industrial fibreglass, also known as FRP (Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic). This system is tailored to meet the specific needs of industrial environments, offering unparalleled durability and safety features. The non-conductive nature of GRP handrailing makes it an ideal choice for areas where electrical hazards are a concern, ensuring a safer work environment. The bespoke design allows for customization to fit unique industrial requirements, making the GRP Industrial Handrail a versatile and essential component in various industrial settings.

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GRP Handrail Systems

Independently tested by the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, our standard handrail system meets the requirements of BS4592:0 2006+A1 2012 Industrial Flooring, Stairs and Handrails for Heavy Duty (0.74kN/m). Our standard GRP handrail system exhibits excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, alkalis, fresh and saltwater, 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

– 6m lengths
– GRP handrail profile: 76x50mm
– GRP box profile: 51x51x6.35mm
– GRP tube profile: 38/32mm or 31/25mm
– GRP toe rail profile: 150x15x3mm

– Yellow
– Steel grey

What Are The Main Benefits?

GRP Standard Handrails offer a multitude of benefits for industrial and commercial applications. One of the main benefits is the fact that they are incredibly sturdy and robust, and practically maintenance-free. Within these types of environments, they are a much better choice than alternative options such as galvanised steel. Moreover, GRP handrails provide outstanding durability and are really easy to fabricate and install.

Is GRP The Best Material For Handrails?

Following on from the above frequently asked question, there aren’t very many better alternatives than GRP within commercial and industrial environments. As well as being durable and robust, GRP is likely the best option for handrails as the material is completely corrosion-resistant with a high strength-to-weight ratio. Unlike other alternatives, such as timber handrails, your GRP handrails will last for years to come with little effort or preservation.

What are the Applications of Fibreglass Handrails?

Fibreglass handrails are widely used across various industries due to their unique properties and benefits. Here are some of the primary applications:

  • Industrial Safety: They are commonly installed in industrial environments for worker safety, providing sturdy and reliable support around hazardous equipment, walkways, and production areas.
  • Corrosive Environments: Fibreglass is highly resistant to corrosion, making these handrails ideal for use in chemical plants, wastewater treatment facilities, and other settings where exposure to corrosive substances is common.
  • Outdoor Applications: Their resistance to weathering and UV radiation makes fibreglass handrails suitable for outdoor applications, such as bridges, walkways, and outdoor staircases, ensuring long-lasting performance with minimal maintenance.
  • Electrical Insulation: Fibreglass handrails are non-conductive, making them a safe choice for applications where electrical insulation is necessary, such as in power plants and around electrical equipment.
  • Marine Settings: The material's resistance to saltwater corrosion makes it suitable for docks, piers, and other marine applications, where durability and safety are paramount.
  • Architectural and Aesthetic Applications: Fibreglass handrails can be manufactured in various colours and designs, making them a versatile option for architectural applications where appearance is important, in addition to functionality.
  • Public Infrastructure: They are used in public areas, such as parks, public buildings, and pedestrian pathways, providing safe and durable handrail solutions that require minimal upkeep.

Are GRP Handrail Systems Maintenance Free?

GRP handrails systems are virtually maintenance-free. Because of the way they are manufactured and thanks to the fact that the materials are highly corrosion-resistant, they have a much longer lifespan than galvanised steel and timber handrails. They are kept in pristine condition with virtually no maintenance at all.

Why Choose Engineered Composites?

Here at Engineered Composites, we have been supplying industry-leading GRP products for decades now and continue to offer an unrivalled service. We are extremely proud to be the UK’s leading independent supplier of high-quality sustainable GRP products. Our team is very professional yet friendly in our approach and is always happy to go above and beyond for all customers.


Round Tube

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Dimensions mm Weight kg/m Colour
Handrail profile 76 x 50 1.47 Grey & Yellow
Knee rail tube 38od x 32 id 0.62 Grey & Yellow
Knee rail tube 31od x 25 id 0.54 Grey & Yellow
Toe rail (Kick plate) 150 x 3 1.30 Grey & Yellow

Pultruded Handrail Profiles Made To Order

Please note that the minimum order is 500m and production typically takes between 12-14 weeks. Handrail Profiles
Dimensions mm Weight kg/m
Handrail profile 70×60 (fits 51mm box stanchion) 1.47
61×61 (fits 60mm box stanchion 1.53
Knee rail tube 32od x 28 id 0.35
Toe rail (Kick plate) 110×18.5×3.5 (E Shape) 1.01
150x15x3 (cavity) 1.45
101x15x3.6 (W shape) 0.85
Box Section

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Side (b1) mm Side (b2) mm Thickness (t) mm Weight kg/m Colour
51 51 6.35 2.17 Grey & Yellow

2 Hole 51 Box Feet
2 Hole 51 Box Feet
3 Hole 51 Box Feet 2
3 Hole 51 Box Feet 2
51 Box Base Feet 2 Hole Grey
51 Box Base Feet 2 Hole Grey
51 Box Base Feet 3 Hole Grey
51 Box Base Feet 3 Hole Grey
Handrail End Cap
Handrail End Cap

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