• Monday, October 08th, 2018
Constructionline Gold accreditation
Balconette is pleased to announce that it has been awarded ‘Constructionline Gold certification’. Constructionline is the UK’s largest register of contractors, consultants and material suppliers for the construction industry.
As a Gold certified company, buyers will now recognise that Balconette fully aligns to industry and government standards, including the relevant Health & Safety compliances, Environmental & Quality Management, Equalities and Diversity, as well as abiding by legislation in areas such as Modern Slavery, Anti-bribery and Corruption, and Equal Opportunities.
Hybrid® balustrading system selected by Balfour Beatty
Following its Gold accreditation, Balconette was quick to secure the contract to supply over 700m of its Hybrid® Glass balustrading system to Balfour Beatty for their upcoming Audley ‘Coopers Hill’ Retirement Village project. The Hybrid® system was selected for its unique aesthetics and ease of installation, as well as its cost-effectiveness. The contract includes the full design, manufacture and installation of the Hybrid® system throughout. Formerly part of Brunel University, Audley ‘Coopers Hill’ is located within the 66 acres of the Magna Carta Park in the village of Englefield Green, near Runnymede in Surrey. The retirement village will include 78 properties and is planned to open in 2019.
• Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Six Important Points to Always Check When Purchasing Glass Balustrades
Here at Balconette we have too often had to replace balustrading products supplied by others which were not fit for purpose or compliant with building regulations. Regardless of whether you choose to purchase from us or not, we want to give you some important tips and pointers to use as a checklist when sourcing and purchasing a balustrading system for your home or development project.
• Monday, September 03rd, 2018
Balcony Systems Defined
Balcony systems is a term that is used a lot but can mean many things.
First of all, let’s define a balcony. This is “a platform enclosed by a wall or balustrade on the outside of a building, with access from an upper-floor window or door”. So, in simple words, it is the floor and the low wall sitting on that floor, sticking out from a building for people to walk out onto.
• Monday, August 06th, 2018
Glass balcony systems are now hugely popular! What is all the fuss about? What is wrong with traditional wrought iron railings?
Glass balcony systems put Balcony Systems on the map! In the following Q & A Mr. Effi Wolff Managing Director of Balcony Systems Solutions Limited gives some insight into current trends of glass balustrades and balconies why Balcony Systems’ proprietary system ticks all the right boxes.
• Thursday, August 02nd, 2018
Designing balustrades to meet wind load requirements is a crucial part of our job. Now, in BS6180:2011 it is required that wind loads are included when designing balustrades.
Where to Find the Relevant Data
There are various factors to take into account when designing for wind loads. In essence, this is covered in a Euro code BS EN 1991-1-4:2005 Actions on structures – Wind actions, its addendum and annex cover what you need to know.
The Euro code 1 itself is a highly scientific and theoretical document of 145 pages and an additional 42 pages in the UK National Annex, giving a total of 187 pages.
• Monday, July 30th, 2018
Fixing Beneath FFL (finished floor level) to the Structure
The height of any finished external balustrade or railing needs to be a minimum of 1100mm above the finished floor level, or above where one can stand. This is according to BS6180:2011 – Barriers in and about buildings code of practice.
Not always is fixing balustrades a simple matter. This is because usually the finished floor level does not have a structural member to fit to. Structural members are often imbedded below the floor level, under insulation, screed, waterproofing etc.
• Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Let’s have a look at what happened at the Grenfell Tower that made it such a disaster.
What About the Paper Work?
Well, people or I should say company’s installed cladding and insulation and other components such as fire doors, all of which had pieces of paper to say that they were compliant and met all building regulations etc., etc.
But in reality, when it actually came to the real test, we all saw what happened, it went up like a box of matches.
• Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Designing Balustrading – 3 Loads You Must Be Aware Of
There are three primary loads to consider when designing glass balustrading to BS6180, which is the code that regulates barriers (Balustrades and Railings).
In this code it specifies the loads for different usages relating to building types or occupancies of buildings.
Although the different occupancy types will specify different loads, for instance in a public environment the load will be higher than for a private residential occupancy, in each occupancy there will always be three loads types that have to be met.
• Monday, July 09th, 2018
Oh, we Brits do like to be beside the seaside. And with an estimated 19½ thousand miles of coastline, our collection of small islands blesses us with opportunities to live on or visit the coast. Properties by the sea are a delight, especially if you have a balcony or protected decking from which to enjoy the views and fresh sea air. Glass balconies and balustrades are well-suited to the wet and wild weather so often experienced by the sea. Sitting behind the shelter of a strong glass panel, you can enjoy a breath of fresh air on all but the stormiest day.
• Monday, June 25th, 2018
Our balcony system balustrades ae unique in the fact that this is the only system around that can enable postless balconies without using structural glass. Utilising the strength of the handrail the systems can span as much as 4.0m without posts. In theory you can have an endless run of balcony without posts if you do not surpass the maximum lenths the handrail can span and fix them to the walls.