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• Friday, March 06th, 2015

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Nestled in the West Sussex countryside, this spectacular new residence built by developer Lodgecrest and main contractor Southgold exudes a ‘great sense of theatre’ with dramatic curving shapes enhanced by curved patio doors and balustrading supplied by Balcony Systems.
Curved Balustrade and Doors in Sussex

 

Named ‘Eclipse’ after its slim curved shape

 

The striking two-storey property stands in over eight acres on the site of a former piggery near the village of Slinfold and enjoys open panoramic views across its grounds. It is valued at £2.5 million.

Maximising the views and light to accommodation on both floors are 14 concave or inwardly-curving patio doors, including an impressive six-panel door in the spacious upper ground floor kitchen/family room. Outside, more than 26 metres of curved balustrading using the Balcony 1 system with a Shiny Chrome circular handrail follows the sweeping balcony overlooking the secluded ‘sunken’ courtyard.

Directly below, a series of concave curved glass doors create a stunning visual impact to the lower bedrooms and games room, allowing in much natural light to the interior and direct access to the courtyard.

The inclusion of an ambitious curved design was a first for South East-based Lodgecrest, as Director Richard Kelly explained: “The original plan to feature curves throughout the building was conceived through collaboration of architects’ ideas; it’s a bespoke design with hardly any straight walls.”

Curved Balustrade and Doors in Sussex

 

“The whole house has a great sense of theatre”

 

Acknowledging that faceted glass would have been less expensive, Richard felt it would have ‘taken away one essential element of the building’. Having found Balcony Systems via a Google search and researched the company’s expertise in curved glazing, Lodgecrest engaged them on the project.
Richard continued: “Balcony Systems could manufacture what we needed to suit the building’s unique and striking design. Their team fulfilled our requirements to have a complete elevation of smooth curved glass and supply all the required elements, including the curved balustrading.”It was the first time we’d attempted a curved design and the first time we had worked with Balcony Systems. The quality of their products is very good and I think they look smart. I also liked the design; for example the precise construction of the bottom balustrading rail.”

In conclusion, Richard said: “Underneath its sedum ‘green’ roof, the property gives a hidden feeling and does not reveal its dynamic interior and lower courtyard until you enter and walk through. The view opens up, like a surprise and the whole house has a great sense of theatre.

Curved Balustrade and Doors in Sussex

 

Balcony Systems overcome challenges of  ‘Eclipse’

 

“Using Balcony Systems’ products has helped to give Eclipse its full ‘wow’ factor and I would certainly use the company again,” he added.

The challenges presented by the building’s curved shape meant it was important to find the right specialist supplier that could fulfil the design elements. Of the three quotations sourced by Southgold, it was Balcony’s competitive price, their service and location close to the project that were key to securing the contract.

In conclusion, Gavin Bradley, Southgold’s Contracts Manager, who was impressed with Balcony’s professionalism added: “Eclipse threw up different challenges for all involved. We needed to form new working relationships with companies having experience in curved designs. Knowing specialists like Balcony Systems who can deliver on projects like this is critical. A lot of suppliers might not live up to expectations, so it’s great to find the companies who can.”

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