Glazed Balcony

• Monday, May 28th, 2018

Waterproofing Balcony StructureMany balcony areas and terraces are created above living spaces, whether on a flat roof above an extension or living space, kitchen or bedroom or on the top floor of an apartment complex.

Great attention needs to be given to sealing the balcony surface and waterproofing it.

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• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Frameless Glass BalconyAs with all journeys there’s a simple order in which things need to happen to ensure you end up smiling – enjoying and having friends and family say “WOW”, when it’s all finished. There’s a saying that is used by some trades people “measure twice and cut once” which could be applied to this journey, which is make sure you’ve had all your questions answered at each step before moving to the next step.

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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, 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.

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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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• Friday, October 01st, 2010

Forget ordinary, homeowners want amazing.

An increased interest in good, innovative home design is a considerable factor in today’s market. Television programmes such as Grand Designs have encouraged homeowners to be more creative and adventurous when planning new build or renovation projects and this trend offers a major opportunity to architects, developers, suppliers and installers. Homeowners look for products that make their property stand out from the rest and transform a building from ordinary to amazing. They are more confident about experimenting with the shape, size and look of their property. Those who can help homeowners achieve their vision are in the best position to benefit from this new found enthusiasm.

Contemporary design with practical benefits

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As a leading supplier of glass balustrades, curved patio doors and Juliette balconies, we are making the most of this desire for innovation and style, and experiencing rapid growth as a result. The contemporary design of our products and the maximum use of glass with minimum interruption make ita perfect choice for new build and refurbishment projects. Our balustrades and Juliette balconies have no ugly clamps or corner posts and fewer uprights than comparable products to give unobstructed views. The handrail stops the glass from flexing, making installations safe, and because it’s made from anodised aluminium the risk of rust in marine environments is avoided.

Recently we added self-cleaning glass coating across our complete range, which uniquely is applied to both sides of the glass. The coating reduces maintenance of the glass, so it looks new for longer, and doesn’t require any special cleaning substances which makes it environmentally friendly. It can also be applied to tinted glass.

Adding to the great looks and stylish design of our products is the ease of installation. Most window and doors installers already have the necessary skills so why settle for ordinary when the customer is looking for outstanding? Many homeowners now look to the internet to see what’s available – if they have seen innovative designs on television they will try to find similar ideas for their own property. Widening your range to include glass balconies for example, allows suppliers and installers to tap into this interest.

The proof is in the pudding

Recent projects clearly illustrate the appeal of our products. Homeowner Dave Cant recently extended his detached four bedroom property in Aberdeen to create a large open plan living area. A flat, decked roof leads off from the bedrooms and Balcony’s elegant balustrade was installed around it. With views over a nearby river and countryside, installing the balustrade meant Mr Cant could step out in complete safety and enjoy his surroundings. “I was looking for strength in the product as well as good looks,” explains Mr Cant. “I found out that the strength of Balcony’s balustrade comes from the handrail so it has maximum glass with fewer metal uprights.”

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Another customer to appreciate this is Mike Murray, whose project was front cover plus six pages in the September issue of Self Build & Design magazine. When it came to choosing the balustrade for his house in South Wales he knew exactly what he wanted – a balustrade which didn’t interrupt the spectacular view of the coast from the glass-walled sitting room. The uncluttered finish of Balcony’s balustrade matched the modern exterior of his home and the twenty eight metre balcony complements the look of the house and adds value.

For stunning use of glass it is hard to beat our curved patio doors, which require the use of precision bent curved glass. This is an art in itself. All curved doors are supplied with 28mm double curved glazing using Low E glass as standard – and of course the self-cleaning coating is available too. The perfect illustration of what our curved patio doors achieve for buildings is shown in a recent project near the historic town of Lacock. A new build on the site of an old cottage, the house is in a National Trust conservation area so the design had to be exceptional to gain planning permission. Permission was granted to build a traditional stone front and to the rear an ultra-modern expanse of Balcony’s curved glass doors with two Juliette balconies for the bedrooms. The doors form a key feature of the build and the project recently won an award for Best Individual Dwelling in the West of England Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Excellence Awards for the high standard of design, construction and workmanship.

Projects like this prove that your potential customers are looking for more than run-of-the mill products. They want the ‘wow’ factor. Balcony Systems makes it easy to provide it.