Glass Railings

• Monday, October 09th, 2017

Give your Patio the X-Factor with Glass Railings from Balconette

glass patio railings Fancy making your patio the talk of the town? Then why not install glass railings? More than just a fence; there are many ways patio glass railings can turn your garden or patio into something very special.

Zone your Garden

Good garden design has a lot to do with zoning. It can make your outside space work more effectively and make things look much more spacious. Clever use of patio glass railings can help you separate your patio from the rest of your garden for a distinct area that transitions from the house into the garden making it perfect for al-fresco suppers or your morning coffee. And with a choice of features, ranging from the slick frameless glass railings to the more distinct separation of a handrail balustrade, you’ll find something to suit your patio beautifully.

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Frameless Balcony ScreenUsually when something looks stunning, there’s a price tag to match. Cars are a great example, where a brand name can add 1000’s to the price tag, but in this case our innovative glass balustrade design has enabled us to create a system that has:

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

terrace glass balustradeYour Juliet balcony, glass balustrade or curved doors will not only get noticed, generating compliments from friends and family when first installed, but will continue to do so for many years to come. What you purchase in terms of any coatings on the glass will impact the amount of work needed to maintain that new look, but more on that later.

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• Monday, April 03rd, 2017

Stylish, Stunning and Unique: Exceptional Innovation for Glass Balconies and Balustrades.

True breakthroughs in balconies and balustrading are rare, so we’re very excited to present a breakthrough innovation, unique to Balconette.

The Balcony 2 Infinity Screen >

For too long, customers have had to compromise their designs for the sake of privacy and safety. Adding a privacy screen or extra height to regular glass balustrading has meant giving up on that perfect design. Extra posts and a network of support railings meant extra work for the fitters and an appearance out of keeping with high expectations.

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• Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Are your system structural glass balustrades?

Due to the fact that many of our systems are installed without the use of posts, we get asked if the Balconette system is a structural glass balustrade. The answer is no. It’s a hybrid system. A Structural glass balustrade means that the glass itself acts as the structure, and resists outward forces by being cantilevered from the ground.

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• Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Post-less corners, how they work and how they support the balustrade structure.

One of the unique features of the Balconette Systems’ design is the ability to have postless corners.

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• Monday, January 23rd, 2017

We get asked, what is the weight of the Balconette balustrade system?

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• Tuesday, January 03rd, 2017

Far-reaching sea views don’t come much better than these from the spacious terraces of a new luxury apartment development on the South Coast.

Glazed Balcony Railing

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• Friday, January 15th, 2016

Balcony Systems Solutions ltd developed a custom glass balustrade solution for 377 balconies, realising the architect’s original vision for this expansive project in addition to creating an amazing £500,000 saving on the original design.

Glass Balconies - Docklands panorama

Baltimore Wharf development in London’s docklands

Glass BalconiesClear glass balconies are a striking architectural design feature of the landmark Baltimore Wharf development in London’s docklands.

Breathing new life into the former London Arena site, Baltimore Wharf is an exciting and ambitious £150 million mixed development comprising private and affordable housing, retail, leisure and community facilities. Designed by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Inc., it is among several significant construction projects in the Docklands area being undertaken by international developer, Ballymore Group.

Phase One of the Baltimore Wharf development, which includes more than 600 apartments in five separate residential blocks is constructed on the 6.8-acre former entertainment site, which is across the water from Ballymore’s 50-storey, neon-lit Pan Peninsula residential development.

As a key architectural feature of the buildings’ external facades, the design and installation of the external balconies required a particularly considered – and inventive – approach.

Working closely with the architect, developer and steelwork contractor, Balcony Systems developed an elliptical handrail and bottom rail system that has created a bespoke 21st century balustrade solution to suit the requirements of the multi-storey buildings and, just as importantly, the £3 million budget.

Balcony Systems also developed and supplied two unique extruded aluminium fascia profiles that finished off the edges of the balconies, one of

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 them being a 295mm wide extrusion. The designed system enabled a balcony system solution which included fra

The original design had called for a structural glass balustrade to be fitted on top of the steel balcony structure; this design required that the balcony steel be almost 300mm in depth.me cladding, decking and balustrade, delivered flat-packed, complete to site and ready to install.

Working with the developer, architect and steelwork contractor Balcony Systems offered a design that allowed the balconies to still be made with no vertical posts and yet create a system that is smaller in height, lighter in weight, clearer in glass colour and one that created a saving of £500,000 from the original design.

The hand-railing was designed to take the load to provide all the required strength and support and meet all the relevant Building Regulations. Utilising the handrail allowed the balustrade to span the required lengths without the need for vertical posts.

 

According to Effi Wolff, Managing Director at Balcony Systems Solutions ltd, the ability to meet the architect’s original balcony design criteria – to present a perfectly flat front fascia to seamlessly fit the main steel and the glazing track – was of fundamental

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 importance. A new aluminium handrail, finished in Royal Chrome to look like shiny stainless steel, and lower track extrusion was

 specially designed for the Baltimore Wharf apartments. This allowed for relatively simple fitting to the main steelwork.

“Clear structural glass was originally specified. However our solution using toughened and laminated 9.5mm glass to retain a clear view, without the need for posts and at a very competitive price satisfied the key requirements for this prestigious project,” he says.

Feature fascia

“What is new about the system is that Balcony Systems has provided a flush-fitting anodised extruded aluminium feature fascia which provides a detail to match the main buildings’ window frames. This hides the steel balcony supports to present a neat front face to the structure.”

Effi suggests that what has made the design concept such a success was ‘going the extra mile’ to ensure that the original vision of the architect was maintained during the design period.

This was achieved through close collaboration with the architect, developer and steelwork contractor from the early planningLast stages to meet the challenges of making the design work with no posts and to keep the structure down to a minimum. Measuring 3 metres x 2 metres and 2.3 metres x 2 metres, the balconies did not require any posts.

An added advantage of the system – particularly for high-rise buildings – is that panel replacement, if needed, can be done quickly and safely from inside. Panels are supplied up to 1.2 metre in length for ease of transportation and installation.

Cost engineering through innovation

As well as supplying 377 balconies for the project, a cost effective design was realized for the social housing area of the development, replacing the wrought iron original design with a glass balustrade that met the budget.

In conclusion, Effi says: “Balcony Systems experience and ability to design new sections and adapt them to specific projects opens up a large expanse of design possibilities that can be realized. We like to get involved at the outset and can help drive the design to a meet the requirements but also be innovative and cost saving.”

Whether made of stone, wood or cast iron and now glass, balconies are an enduring and popular building feature that has been with us for centuries. Their design has continued to evolve to meet the changing face of architecture. The Baltimore Wharf project represents another step forward in the evolution of balcony design, taking it firmly into the 21st century.

• Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Designed and built to exacting high standards, two exclusive newbuild detached homes in Harberton Mead, close to Oxford city centre are among the first to showcase new frameless Juliet balconies, supplied and installed by Balcony Systems.

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