The second highest building in western Europe, 22 Bishopsgate is set to stand at 278m tall and will include offices, restaurants and retail outlets.

Approached by makers of steel and glass balustrades Handrail Design, the family firm at Handrail Creations were chosen to provide over a mile of high-quality FSC certified American black walnut to adorn the stairs in the north and south cores of the skyscraper.

The handrails will be constructed from over 2,800 bespoke CNC-machined pieces in a process that will take 10 weeks to complete.