Downer Original HELPING HAND Framing Solutions are one of the first rainscreen framing systems on the UK market. BBA approved,


5 Wainwright Close, Churchfields Industrial Estate, Saint Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN38 9PP

Email Us
Tel: +44(0)1424 852 641



As the original HELPING HAND framing system, our Downer framing has been helping contractors, installers and architects realise their project visions for decades. Hence why we’re confident in saying it’s still the original and the best.

The original innovators, as part of the Architectural Panel Solution family, we’ve been providing comprehensive, non combustible rainscreen solutions for over 50 years. Working  both directly and via a respected and robust distribution network, we are able to offer a reliable and highly cost effective portfolio of facade products which can be used in conjunction with our rainscreen panels, or independently with your chosen facade, as can be seen in our project portfolio.


The ever-evolving face of architecture demands a supporting cast of rainscreen framing systems that can deliver on energy, versatility, building protection and budgetary requirements, without inhibiting design. 

Each of our strong and expertly manufactured framing systems is highly durable and able to support all types of man-made or natural cladding panels.

Our experience in developing, manufacturing and supplying rainscreen framing systems has earned the respect of leading professionals within the UK building industry.

Whether you’re a specifier, designer or contractor, we’ll support you throughout the lifecycle of your project with dependable technical expertise and support so that you can achieve maximum results from your buildings’ framing system.

As well as the need for high quality products, we understand the need for cost efficiency; this is why all of our framing solutions combine technical performance and practicality with easy installation and low maintenance.


Downer rainscreen cladding framing systems are manufactured here in the UK, from high quality, non combustible extruded aluminium. Following intensive BBA testing Downer framing systems achieved BBA Assessment 20/5792 which stipulates reaction to fire as follows:

Behaviour in relation to fire — in respect of reaction to fire, the systems may be regarded as having a class 0 or ‘low risk’ surface in accordance with the national Building Regulations. Our aluminium rainscreen bracket and rails have a fire rating of A1 – non combustible and offers no contribution to fire.


Here are just a few reason why to choose Downer

1. Engineered to perform

Manufactured from extruded 6000 series aluminium (Grade 6005A and 6063), our Downer systems deliver on all fronts: energy efficiency, versatility, strength, durability, protection and more.

2. BBA approved

BBA approved for complete assurance, our systems have been tested to the extreme.

3. Made in Britain members

As Made in Britain members you can also be confident of strong lead times. Our systems are manufactured here in our UK factory.

4. Easy to Install

Easy to install and maintain, and cost effective too.

5. Value Engineered

Value engineered, project specific solutions – combined with a strong portfolio of rainscreen panels.

6. Custom Fixings

Fixings specified for each system and stocked.

7. In house calculations

In house static and thermal calculations.

8. Perfect finishing

Anodising and powder coating.

9. Cut to perfection

Cutting service available.

10. UK stocks

Extensive UK stocks of standard items available for despatch 1-2 days.

We’ll help you calculate the heat loss and thermal resistance of your façade build-up.


Fifth Elevation

Thanks Andy and thank you and Juan for your excellent service (the bespoke engineering pack for the Downer system was excellent) and excellent products - we look forward to working with you again soon.


TAC Projects

The support that the Downer framing support team offers is really something we've come to admire and trust in. Calculations are always dealt with speedily and we've experienced prompt delivery thanks to their UK manufacturing facility.

Steve Reed

Intex Facades

The Downer framing UK team, from sales and order, through to customer support, offer a dependable and friendly service. Always a pleasure to deal with. As for the product, Downer framing itself, it is so easy to install and if we ever need any technical support or optimisation calcs, the team is on-hand to advise.

Lee Staniland Procurement Manager

Imperial Facades

On the occasions that we have used Downer framing (Architectural Panel Solutions), we have always received an excellent service. The team there is extremely professional and focused. Service and speed is paramount in our industry and the Downer framing team always deliver. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Alan Elliott

Regency Facades

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all at APS for your dependable and assured services. The Downer framing team have gone above and beyond and we cannot thank them enough for their continued support.

Peter Rich Commercial Director

KDD Construction Ltd

We can’t praise the team at APS enough for their hassle free, fast service in dealing with our orders and delivering the downer system to site. The system itself is easy to install and the team carry out all necessary structural calculations for us.

Ted Walker Operations Director

Deane Roofing & Cladding

As our preferred supplier, when it comes to Downer framing not only do the team at APS excel in terms of their supply and delivery, they're also genuinely nice to work with.

ANS Global - Living Wall Specialists

I can't fault your Downer framing team, from an operations perspective your company has been great to work with, in particular, Juan and Ines are a pleasure to deal with.


Our Downer framing customer service and sales teams will help you optimise and value engineer your framing solution. We can provide optimisation for your rail lengths. We can also provide off-site profile cutting to length and project specific packing to reduce on-site wastage and a more efficient installation. Get in touch here . 


As a tried and trusted supplier of Downer framing systems, we offer an assured and reliable service from start to finish of your framing project. Our aim is to take the headache out of planning and implementing your rainscreen sub-frame implementation. Our installer-friendly framing solutions are the choice of installers, architects and contractors alike.

Our safe and versatile rainscreen cladding brackets and support systems are approved and optimised for value, enabling clients to buy with complete confidence.

Ahead of the curve, we listen to our architectural, engineering and façade installation partners – anticipating ‘what next’ and delivering safe and practical solutions.


Please contact using the details below or by using the form opposite.

Downer Framing
5 Wainwright Close
Churchfields Industrial Estate
Saint Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex
TN38 9PP

Tel: +44(0)1424 852 641


For all your Downer Framing quotes, turned round fast, use Downer Designer