Curved Glass Balustrades

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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Some 1,400 metres of the Balcony 2 System Glass Balustrade (using Balcony Systems’ Aerofoil shaped handrail) were specified to create sweeping curved glass balconies on this impressive and prestigious development.

Glass balustrades

Balconies, and glass in particular, have become an important and appealing feature of buildings, particularly for apartment developments where they allow purchasers comfortable access to enjoy fresh air and surrounding views.

As an integral and aesthetic aspect of domestic architecture, their appearance also plays a key role in a property’s visual appeal, helping to secure sales. Consequently, modern balcony styles now favour glazed systems, rather than railings or spindles, to retain clear panoramic views of surrounding scenery.

Maximum glass and minimum uprights

“The main considerations were maximum glass and minimum uprights to keep the river views. Achieving smooth curves without the need for a faceted construction and the expanse of glass gives a ‘Mediterranean’ feel to the whole development, which works really well,”

Using low-maintenance materials, such as glass and aluminium, also has the added advantage of requiring almost no regular and costly maintenance to keep the structure looking as good as new.

Glass balustrades

Innovation and development in balcony design has resulted in a beautiful, yet cost-effective system available on the British market that replicates the look of structural glazing for both curved and straight balustrading solutions.  As the Balcony system relies on the handrail to provide the required strength, in many cases the glass balustrades require no vertical supports to provide an uninterrupted view.

This was the key reason why the system was requested and specified for Trent Park by the client, built to the east of Nottingham city centre. Balcony Systems supplied the specialist balustrading solution for 146 luxury one to three-bedroomed apartments to take advantage of spectacular riverside views.

1,400 metres of straight and curved glass balconies

The result delivered the client’s vision for an aesthetically-driven balustrading solution that is as visually stunning as it is practical. Technical expertise and knowledge was essential at all stages of the project, from initial design concepts right through to overseeing installation of nearly 1,400 metres of straight and curved glass balconies.

Sweeping curved glass balconies follow the building’s rounded lines on the larger apartments, allowing for unobstructed views across the landscaped grounds and enhancing light through the full height windows.

Glass balustrades

The system’s versatility allowed for specialist adaptation to suit the fixings and edge installation. Waterproofing was also taken into account with the balcony installation interfacing with the cladding system.

The system is suitable for all types of applications, being compatible with timber, steel, stone, brick and concrete walls. As the toughened glass panels are held securely at the base and handrail, there are no clamps, clips or ‘lugs’ to spoil the clean lines.

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Glass balustrades

• Monday, February 17th, 2014

Balcony’s balustrade takes in open views from executive home

Glass Balustrade

Straight and curved glass balustrading from Balcony Systems retains open views overlooking surrounding countryside and complements the contemporary style of this Scottish executive newbuild home.

More than 20 metres of clear glass balustrading with Balcony’s proprietary ‘Royal Chrome’ handrail finish were installed at the five-bedroomed property in Barry, Carnoustie, located close to the world-famous golf course. It was built by construction division of D J Laing Group for its Managing Director David Laing.

Balcony’s Approved Installer Simon Elms fitted the balustrading to the curved cantilevered balcony and straight-edged terrace leading off a first-floor living room above a cinema and games room at Barry Manse, named after the now demolished former Manse on the site.

curved glass balustrades

Requiring minimal maintenance, the clear glass panels provide the necessary safety while keeping uninterrupted views – with the added bonus of protection from the wind on gusty days.

Senior Site Manager at D J Laing Homes Ltd, Dave McGinnes said: “It’s the first time we have used Balcony Systems and their installer did a good job. Having overcome some challenges with this project, the end product is perfect and looks fabulous.”

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• Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A fantastic project has been successfully completed with stunning balconies at a flagship development on the river Trent in Nottingham. This development of 150 apartments saw the first ever £1 Million penthouse apartment sell in Nottingham.

Curved glass balustrades

The requirement was for an effective and clean line glass balustrade system that could also be curved. Curved balconies of over 11m in length were achieved without a single post with a clear glass spanning the entire balcony.

Strength and aesthetics

Before installing the developer wanted to see the performance of the balustrades and two load tests of the handrail system were mocked up for them. One test on site and one in the factory. The client and contactor were delighted with the capability of the system and commented they had never seen such an innovative system that combined both strength and aesthetics in a glass railing system.

The original view was to use structural glazed balustrades on the project but with the balcony 2 system the same result was achieved for around half the cost plus half the weight which was also a key factor on the structure of the balconies.

Trent Park developments are looking at using the same system on their next development:

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Balconies over the river Trent 12

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