Glazed Railing

• Monday, March 05th, 2018

wrought iron railingsTo the uninitiated, metal is metal but there are many different types of metals, all of which can add their own style and feel to a finished product. Metal is a common part of the home and surrounding areas and over the centuries, one of the most common features of a home or building has been the railings surrounding it. Metal railings have a combined role in the surroundings of a home, providing an added level of security in addition to looking good. There have been many different types of metal used for metal railings throughout the years and the following are some of the most popular.

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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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• 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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• 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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• Sunday, November 20th, 2016

With planning regulations requiring housebuilders and social housing providers to optimise the number of dwellings per hectare, more and more apartments and townhouses are springing up in our towns and cities to meet rising demand for housing.

External balconies and Juliette balconies are a frequent design feature of these properties, helpful in enhancing light and a feeling of spaciousness, while also providing a pleasant ‘outdoor’ amenity for upper floor residents in the absence of gardens. Unfortunately, the use of bulky railings can often result in an ugly and ‘cage-like’ appearance obstructing the view to the outside.

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With the advantages of balconies, now there is a neat, low-maintenance and affordable alternative for architects, specifiers and designers seeking an elegant, yet practical balustrade solution. With over 20 years specialist experience in glass and aluminum balustrading, Balcony Ltd offers a clear, cost-effective and aesthetically-pleasing system that is changing the balustrade marketplace in the UK. The company’s proven technology, used throughout the world, complies with all relevant European and British Standards.

Glass balconies have been hitherto either made with structural glass, which has made them very expensive and so rarely used, or using posted systems, that compromise the aesthetics and disrupted the view.

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What makes the Balcony solution different is that it does not require structural glass – instead the ground-breaking approach lies in the hand-railing itself. Its aluminum structure securely holds a straight glass balcony for up to 3 or 3.8 meters without the use of vertical posts, allowing an easy installation, uninterrupted view from the inside and complementing the building’s exterior appearance.

Installing Juliette balconies is simple and straightforward with no vertical posts required for apertures measuring up to 3.2 meters wide. The bottom track is connected underneath the window cill and the handrail is fixed on the side and face of the wall beyond the edge of the structural opening. The balustrade structure uses 6063 T5 extruded aluminum profiles for strength and durability.

Glazing

Glazing is carried out from the inside. This makes glass replacement, if required, an easy process without the need for costly scaffolding. Low maintenance, easy to install and corrosion-resistant, the system is ideal for even the most exposed coastal locations. Toughened or toughened and laminated clear glass is most widely used when it comes to glazing, with tinted glass and silk screen printing as an option for larger projects.

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External Balconies

For external balconies, the system offers designers wider scope and versatility in creating curves of virtually any radius and ‘S’- shaped bends to complement any type of building, from one-off homes to hotels and apartment blocks. Long stretches of curved glass can be achieved on all types of balconies, such as timber, steel or concrete, with no or few vertical posts.

Like the Juliette system, external balconies use the 6063 T5 extruded aluminum balustrade in bronze or silver satin finishes, or which can be powder-coated to any RAL colour to suit the design specification.

The Balcony system is genuine value-for-money, whether installed on new or existing buildings. At around a third to half the cost of conventional structural glass and posted balcony systems, specifiers can meet architectural specifications and aesthetics without compromising the budget.

Internal Balconies

Interiors of contemporary buildings and duplexes can also benefit from using glass in gallery balustrades and bedrooms to enhance light and space, both to the landing or mezzanine floor and the floor below.

For these applications, stretches of up to 3.5 meters without vertical posts can be achieved for a seamless and streamlined appearance. The system is secured using extruded aluminum wall brackets and A2 or A4 stainless steel fixings.

For large projects, a full supply and fit service is available. For small to medium projects, and to encourage the widespread use of the system, Balcony now offers the Balcony Balustrade system in a ‘ready to install’ kit form, including the glass and all the required components. There is full technical support on hand from concept to completion. All Balcony’s balustrade systems have undergone rigorous safety testing in laboratories and on-site.

Juliet balconies project

The future’s clear. Balconies and balustrades can be made architecturally beautiful by using glass is a self-supporting balustrading system that achieves the look of structural glazing, but at a fraction of the cost.

• 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.

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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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• Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Two clear glass balconies supplied by Balcony Systems fitted the design brief perfectly for Scandia-Hus, adding the ‘wow’ factor to the Swedish self-build home supplier’s Adelia Show Home at its East Grinstead headquarters.

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