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Balustrade structure: 6063 T5 extruded aluminium profiles
Paint/coating: 60-100 micron Polyester powder coating in white colour, or 10-15 micron high-quality anodizing in bronze or natural satin finish. Also available our new Royal Chrome anodized finish. RAL colour options available for large projects only.
Insert/Primary Posts: Galvanized Steel with 10mm thick Base plate. Base plate has four 13mm diameter holes for upto M12 fixings (Fixings are not supplied; these are to be specified by your structural engineer.)
Sheathing/System Posts: 6063 T5 extruded aluminium profiles
Gaskets: EPDM (ethylene-propylene rubber)
Glass: 10mm Clear Toughened or Toughened & Laminated clear glass. Tinted glass is available for large projects.
Permitted Loading: Uniformly distributed line load on the handrail 0.74 kN/m, point load to infill 1.0kN, it is assumed that the wall/structure being fixed to can support the required loads.
69 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon SW19
7 Streatham High Road
Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland
Mold, Flintshire, Nth Wales
Bury Road, Hemel Hempstead
Lancing, West Sussex
Sienna Court, Oldham, Lancashire
Aylestone Hill, Hereford
Poole Bay, Dorset
Jersey, Channel Islands
Hatfield Road, Wimbledon, London
Hayling Island, Hampshire
England, United Kingdom
Isle of Wight
Macclesfield, Cheshire East
Mawgan Porth, North Cornwall Atlantic Coast
Dungeness Beach, Kent
Colwick Country Park, Nottingham
St Brelade's Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands
Port Erin, Isle of Man
Glass Balustrades - Hartfield Road, Wimbledon69 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon SW19
Contractor:Lancsville Construction Ltd
The Old Picture House, Streatham 7 Streatham High Road
Developer:Merc Investment & Construction Ltd
Contractor:Merc Investment & Construction Ltd
Curved clear glass balconies from Balcony Systems Ltd make a distinctive architectural statement on luxury apartments at The Picture House, a Grade 2 listed Art Deco former cinema at 7 Streatham High Road, London.
Opening in 1938 as The Regal, it was designed by the architect William R Glen to incorporate Art Deco lines and a spacious, light foyer. Glass was chosen for the balconies, division screens and internal balustrading to complement the unique character and contemporary appearance of the building.
Its striking Grade 2 listed façade, fronting onto Streatham High Road, has been fully retained, sympathetically blending the nostalgia of a bygone age with modern materials and construction techniques.
Balustrading specialists Balcony Systems Ltd worked closely with project architects Hart Associates to devise a cost-effective and elegant balustrading solution for The Picture House, developed by Merc Investments and Construction Ltd.
The use of curved clear glass for balconies on 47 of the 62 apartments creates a striking visual impact on two elevations and allows for unobstructed views to the outside for the occupants. Each balcony spans 7 metres across two apartments with a single central post supporting a full height glass division screen for privacy.
Replacing an original bespoke specification of faceted glass, posts and handrails, the Balcony system met the architect's requirements for an aesthetically-pleasing, yet more competitively-priced solution.
600 metres of glass balustrading in a cream powder-coated finish was used throughout the entire building. This included a glazed balustrade for a spiral staircase access to a fifth-floor penthouse terrace.
Unlike conventional structurally-glazed systems, the Balcony solution is unique in not requiring vertical or corner posts for up to 3.8 metres as the aluminium hand-railing provides all the required strength and support for safety. The system's versatility enables it to be incorporated at any stage of the project specification.
Commenting on the balcony specification requirements, project architect James Baskerville says: "By offering a curved glass, rather than faceted solution, Balcony gave us the stylish, neat appearance we required. Installation was also very straightforward as having only one fixing into the concrete upstand per balcony, this offered both time savings and less scope for error.
"As a balustrading solution, glass was the perfect choice as its clean and neutral appearance complements the contemporary design and exterior of the apartments. Unlike bars or railings which require re-painting, the glazed system has the added advantages of being low-maintenance and corrosion-resistant."
Balcony also supplied a tailored glazing solution for the stepped concrete parapet to maintain even flowing sightlines on balconies to the top floor penthouses, despite a 200mm height difference with a brick cavity wall. Internally, the use of Balcony's staircase balustrades echoes the external glazed theme. Within the development, there is also some affordable housing and commercial use includes a fitness centre.
Glen farm, Aberdeen - River DonDyce, Aberdeen, Scotland
Developer:Quality Street Residential Investments
Contractor:Barratt Construction Ltd
Glass Balcony Transforms Welsh HomeMold, Flintshire, Nth Wales
Developer:Self Build Refurbishment
A Clearer View from the Balcony at HemelBury Road, Hemel Hempstead
Developer:Unicoin Homes Group Plc
Contractor:Unicoin Homes Group Plc
Balcony's sophisticated balustrading solutions offer an inspirational alternative to conventional structural glazing systems. At around a third to half the cost, the proven system meets all the challenges of beauty, safety and value to retain a clear panoramic scenic outlook.
Strong and simple to install, the maintenance-free system allows greater freedom of design to enhance all property styles as a more aesthetic alternative to bars or railings. It is a uniquely different solution that does not require structural glass or posts as the aluminium hand-railing provides the required strength and support.
Commenting on the Balcony product, Unicoin's Construction Director Mike Taaffe says: "It looks good and complements the style of the building's exterior. Balconies are always an appealing feature as they add another dimension to the accommodation. The use of glass has the added advantages of retaining views and allowing more light into the rooms.
"As a balustrading solution, we're very pleased with the overall effect and a system we would consider using again in the future," he adds.
Sales Director for Unicoin Homes Group, Simon Sturt comments: "As well as enhancing the value and saleability of the apartments, the glass balconies also make them more attractive for the purchaser."
All external and Juliette balconies use 6063 T5 extruded aluminium balustrade, available in bronze, silver satin or any RAL colour finishes.
'Sea' More with Clear Glass Balcony ViewsLancing, West Sussex
Developer:Gerald Glover & Laura Turner
A shortage of homes is keeping Jersey's builders busy, with some 400 new apartments a year being built - many on reclaimed or previously-developed land - to meet demand. Changes in the hotel industry mean a number of hotels are being converted into luxury apartments, many with large balconies.
For example, the former Seacrest Hotel site at St Brelade has been transformed into eight apartments with glass balconies measuring up to 20 metres by 10 metres. As well as retaining spectacular sea views, the clear glass panels also offer protection from sea breezes.
As inherently strong materials, glass and aluminium open up exciting creative design possibilities for straight and curved glass balconies, with minimal need for vertical or corner posts.
The Balcony system allows for greater distancing between the vertical uprights than other systems," explains Tom. "So for an eight-metre wide balcony, only three posts would be needed - compared to six or more posts with other systems - enabling the beauty of the glass to shine through."
Handrails are available in a choice of finishes to suit property styles and colour schemes; powder-coated white or anodized silver, bronze or 'Royal Chrome', which replicates the look of stainless steel, but without the discolouration problems.
Tom concludes: "Balcony is a very responsive and reactive company with an original, yet practical product that really appeals to the Jersey market. The company's commitment to excellent customer service enables us to offer the same to our discerning customers."
Curve Appeal from Balcony at Luxury ComplexSienna Court, Oldham, Lancashire
Contractor:Wiggett Construction Ltd
According to Renaissance Living, the elegance and simplicity of Balcony's "Balconette" Juliette Balcony system provides the secure 1.1 metre high balustrade to satisfy Building Regulations, but without any 'visually intrusive' bars and "at very reasonable comparative cost."
The company adds: "Balcony's systems have enabled us to make our original vision a reality - particularly as they occupy such highly visible positions, making them a key factor in the overall appearance of the development."
Balcony also provided the technical advice and design criteria for curved balconies and curved sliding patio door access for two large penthouse apartments. "Having discussed the technical aspects with Balcony and learned about the curved sliding door system, which again was very reasonably priced, we had our solution," explains Dave Higgins, Projects Director at Wiggett Construction. "Up to then, we had not been able to find an answer to the structural curves in glass/aluminium on the British market."
Curved glass balustrading supplied by Balcony Systems also fulfilled the safety requirements for a large opening with curved ends in the first floor of the communal area, giving a visual interlink with ground floor lounge below.
"Minimum visual interference, minimum structural supports and curved glass were again the defining factors. Balcony's solution is both aesthetically satisfying and achieved considerable economies on other quoted systems - none of which could deal with the curves. Balcony's installation teams also integrated well with the contract programme and we are extremely satisfied with the company's contribution to this successful project," adds Dave.
Balcony gets straight to "The Point"Aylestone Hill, Hereford
Developer:IE Developments Ltd
Contractor:IE Developments Ltd
"Balcony also advised us on some of the technical aspects and the whole system was very straightforward to install. The result is visually stunning. With the added benefit of no maintenance, the balustrading fits perfectly with our philosophy to deliver quality homes that offer the ability to 'lock and go' with confidence," says Tim.
From a developer's point of view, Tim highlights the significant advantage of fixing the glass panels from the inside. If a panel should need replacing in the future, this can be done easily and safely from the balcony itself, rather than hiring costly and time-consuming scaffolding or 'cherry pickers'.
Tim adds: "Recent changes to the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 put the onus on builders and designers to incorporate greater health and safety considerations into what they build.
"The Balcony system addresses the long-term practicalities and maintenance issues to ensure compliance with the regulations, providing peace of mind for all from the outset. This is a real plus, as no one wants to go back to a job if things go wrong!"
Balcony Adds a Room With a ViewWinchester, Hampshire
Comprising a galvanised steel structure supporting timber floor joists and decking, the £6,000 balcony was constructed in just four days. A 'lightweight' solution with a thin profile, as opposed to traditional bulky brick pillars, was chosen to preserve light to the new master bedroom below.
John and the carpenter installed the balcony balustrade in a single day. "Installation was very straightforward, even for two 'inexperienced novices', but the results are wonderful," enthuses John.
At around a third to half the cost of structural glazing, the Balcony balustrading system is a cost-effective and aesthetic alternative. Instead of posts and structural glass, the aluminium hand-railing provides all the required strength and support, meeting all the relevant Building Regulations.
"With easy access from the kitchen, it is just as easy to serve a meal outside as it is inside," concludes Julie. "The balcony has utterly changed the way we use our house, as well as giving us a completely new perspective on the garden. Drinks on the balcony, watching the sunset has now become a standard feature of our life."
Beautiful Balustrading By the SeaPoole Bay, Dorset
"The secure balustrading structure meant it easily withstood the worst of the January storms when wind speeds gusted up to 100mph! The system is ideal for a coastal environment as being aluminium and glass, no painting is required. And of course, we have a much clearer view of the sea."
Clive added: "We are really delighted. I think we have the best balconies in the area. The simplicity of the system is its beauty."
"WOW" WHAT A BALCONY!Jersey, Channel Islands
For example, the former Seacrest Hotel site at St Brelade has been transformed into eight apartments with glass balconies measuring up to 20 metres by 10 metres. As well as retaining spectacular sea views, the clear glass panels also offer protection from sea breezes.
BALCONY Is The Perfect Match at WIMBLEDONHatfield Road, Wimbledon, London
BALCONY SOLUTION FOR IRISH MARKET
Balustrading specialist Balcony Systems Ltd has successfully launched its no-maintenance, affordable glass and aluminium balcony solutions to the Irish market with the appointment of Northern Ireland-based Senator Windows as its sole distributor for the island.
"Balcony's support is second-to-none, so nothing is ever a problem," continues Gordon. "Feedback from clients on the product has been fantastic; everyone loves it. Instead of looking at the balcony, they can see through it and, of course, that is a big bonus for enjoyment of the scenery."
Looking to the future, Gordon predicts refurbishment of existing balconies will be a growing market, particularly around the popular resort areas of Portrush, Portmore and Portstewart where the balustrading materials on some recently-built holiday homes and apartments are already succumbing to the demanding marine environment.
"Many painted and galvanised steel Juliette balconies, which were installed around four years ago, are already showing signs of corrosion and in need of serious maintenance," explains Gordon. "The beauty of the Balcony system is that it is easy to install and only requires an occasional wipe clean to keep it looking good for years to come."
Developers PRH Construction chose the Balcony system for its clean lines and corrosion-resistance. It was installed on the last 11 apartments recently completed at Portmore, near Portrush. The complex of over 80 apartments stands just yards from the sea. Managing Director Raymond Henry says owners of earlier steel balconies, which have suffered discolouration and corrosion, have already expressed an interest in the smart new ones.
"Being glass and aluminium, the Balcony system is well-suited for its purpose and we're very pleased with it. Indeed, we're planning to use it on our next development nearby," he adds.
BALCONY Helps Couple Achieve Their Dream HomeSoulbury, Buckinghamshire
Developer:Greg Freiberg and Lindsey Russel
Curved doors for LUXURY ART DECO HOMEHayling Island, Hampshire
Complementing the doors are curved windows to two bedrooms above, again following the wall's curving line. Completing the theme is a curved glass balcony off the master bedroom. No-maintenance clear glass keeps the harbour views beyond.
The contemporary interpretation of original 1930s styling, seen in some of the neighbouring homes in the area, also features a dramatic curved glass entrance and hallway that spans the full two-storey height of the house. This 'entrance drum' comprises a quarter-circle of curved glass curtain walling, also supplied by Balcony Systems. All the low-maintenance extruded aluminium polyester powder-coated profiles are finished in a RAL 7000 shade of grey.
Homeowner and property developer, Nigel Slydell says: "The Balcony system attracted my interest because it is the only one in the UK that could supply exactly what I was looking for. It has certainly exceeded my expectations in delivering the aesthetics for the house. In addition, the curved glass provides some really interesting reflections of the outside scenery that change with the varying light levels."
Achieving smooth curves, rather than using a 'traditional' alternative such as a faceted design, was a crucial factor in the specification of the Balcony system, according to architect Jeffrey Douglas, of Jeffrey Douglas Chartered Architect.
"Curved glass is a major feature of this stunning house and what the Balcony system has brought is absolutely key to the overall design and aesthetics. Before we discovered Balcony, we were unable to find anything comparable on the UK market. We are absolutely delighted with the result," says Jeffrey.
"Curved glass doors and windows lend a much more refined and elegant appearance as they follow the flowing lines of the southern elevation and entrance. The effect would not have been the same using a faceted method," he adds.
The Balcony Visio Glide 100 system with curved glazed units was specified for the doors. It is manufactured to exacting tolerances for straightforward installation, durability and ease of use.
Balcony's technologically-advanced, yet affordable patio door system suits curved openings of virtually any size and radius, making it ideal for newbuild and renovation projects. Available in any colour, the system allows for configurations of two, three, four and six panels in various sliding and fixed combinations, offering myriad creative opportunities.
Balcony also offers full technical advice and a back-up service, along with a step-by-step installation guide on the website at www.balconette.co.uk
Tel: 01342 410411
Fax: 01342 410412
Balustrades self-cleaning glass coatingsEngland, United Kingdom
In the middle of 2010 Balcony Systems launched a new added benefit to its range of products - a nano coating that is silica based and is factory applied. This application creates a sort of "self-cleaning" coating on the glass that makes the glass super smooth and water repellant.
Hundreds of clients have already enjoyed the benefit of this product applied to their order. Balcony regularly contacts customers to get after sales feedback and make sure the client is satisfied with what they have purchased. We are receiving 100% positive feedback on the coating and here are just a few comments:
"By modifying two standard upstairs windows in our 1990s home to create French Doors with glass Juliette balconies, we can take full advantage of glorious countryside views. Whether standing or seated our field of vision now extends from our garden below through to the distant horizon and the sky. This has improved the look and our use of the house tremendously, particularly as our principal reception rooms are on the first floor. We are very pleased with the Balcony System and absolutely delighted with how the new full length windows with their glass Juliette balconies have worked out. We were hoping that the balconies' aluminium top members would not appear obtrusive and any concerns have proved unfounded.
"The self-cleaning glass is a bonus - when a passing bird left a deposit, it was easier to wipe down afterwards! As we were originally planning to have a wrought iron balcony, having seen the excellent result in glass we're very glad we went down that route."
Mr. N.S. Droxford, Hampshire
"The self-cleaning glass does stay very clean. In the four months since the Juliette balcony was installed, I've not had to clean it. This glass was added half-way through the ordering process and I'm glad I've got it.
Living in a woodland situation, the air tends to be damper so the special coating on the glass that makes it resist water will certainly reduce maintenance to keep the balcony looking good."
Mr. P.M. Taunton, Somerset
"We're very happy with and have no complaints at all. We've had a lot of work done on the house and, despite this, the Juliette balcony with self-cleaning glass is keeping very clean."
Mr. N.D. Blaenau Gwent
"Self-cleaning glass was part of the specification for the Juliette balconies, so the fact we were able to source such a product was key for us. They will be installed on new apartments in the early part of 2011."
Mr. C.B. Tyne and Wear
The introduction of a self-cleaning glass coating option is proving popular with Juliette balcony and balustrading customers, especially for those living in coastal or city environments.
This maintenance-reducing benefit was the key reason why Mr. and Mrs. Jones chose the Balcony Systems Juliette balcony for their new-build home at Harlech, North Wales.
"The self-cleaning glass definitely influenced our choice of balustrading as our house is in an elevated position overlooking the sea," comments Rhian. "It's very windy so we often get fine salty and grainy deposits carried in the air. This glass certainly helps to reduce the amount of cleaning we have to do - leaving us more time to enjoy the view."
She adds: "Not only does the Juliette balcony look great from the inside and outside, it's easy to look after too."
"Overall we are very pleases with the results and the market reactions with this introduction" says Mr. Effi Wolff, Managing Director of Balcony Systems. "We believe in always pushing forward and improving our service and products; the introduction of the self-cleaning coating is a substantial milestone in the market of glass railings and glass doors"
The coating is available on every one of Balcony Systems' products - namely custom glass balustrades, glass Juliet balconies and curved sliding patio doors and is applied to both sides of the glass.
Sweeping Balcony Curves in South West EnglandWotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire
Spectacular sweeping curved glass balconies, supplied and installed
by Balcony Systems, provided the bespoke balustrading solution for the
multi-million pound Gloucestershire dream home of one of Britain's
Spread over seven levels, the 2,800 sq. meter futuristic, high-tech
property is a fabulous fusion of glass, stone and metal roofing
incorporating several self-contained apartments, a swimming pool, winter
garden and viewing tower.
The former dairy farm site, near Wotton-under-Edge, also contains a
second smaller property reflecting Swinhay House's contemporary style
and materials. Both buildings use more than 45 meters of Balcony's
elegant balustrading system, which was specified to meet the projects'
complex design and aesthetic requirements.
As the system relies on the handrail for the necessary strength, the
glass balustrades require minimum vertical supports to provide
uninterrupted views of Swinhay's formal gardens, parkland and
countryside beyond. Curved and straight 10mm toughened glass panels
blend seamlessly and stylishly with the mansion's extensive glazed
elements for maximum visual appeal.
An exciting project, it presented some interesting challenges as Effi
Wolff, Balcony's Managing Director, pointed out: "All the balconies
were highly unusual shapes in combinations of convex and concave curves,
slopes and cut out of stone work to follow the building's unique shapes
and changing levels. Not one balcony had a 90 degree corner in it!"
Glass balconies with curves of 15 meters or more are achievable
without the need for posts - offering endless design opportunities. This
is due to the inherent strength of the curve - or arch as seen
horizontally - combining even greater support with the handrail to give
Structural work was project-managed by Swinhay Developments Ltd whose Managing Director
Iain McMurtry praised the versatility of the Balcony system in
delivering a highly-effective curved and straight balcony solution for
"An initial inquiry for two curved glass balconies on the smaller
estate house led us to specify the Balcony System for four balconies on
Swinhay House," he explained. "We wanted glazed and anodised aluminium
balconies and Balcony fitted the bill with a bronze handrail to match
the colour scheme. Assistance with surveys and technical design was
backed up with excellent service. The whole installation went very
"From an installation and contracting perspective, the Balcony system
'ticks all the boxes'. More cost-effective and simpler to install than a
traditional glass balustrade, it performs very well. I am very pleased
with the finished product which convincingly achieves the look of a much
more expensive system," added Iain.
Ipad winning Balcony viewIsle of Wight
A spectacular glass and aluminium balcony overlooking the Solent has earned an Isle of Wight couple top prize in Balcony Systems' first-ever Photo Competition.
Retired business owners Stephen, 73 and Jo Harwood, 68, installed the balustrade last summer at their Fishbourne home and were selected from hundreds of entries featuring glass Juliette and external balconies to win an iPad.
Making the presentation on their balcony, Balcony Systems General Manager Lesley Woodcraft said: "Choosing a winner from so many fabulous photos was difficult, however we felt Stephen and Jo's eye-catching entry really showed off the balustrading to great effect."
Measuring nearly 20 metres long by up to two metres wide, the balcony spans the sea-facing elevation of the property and is accessed off the first-floor living room and open-plan kitchen. Featuring curves at both ends and an anodised satin finish handrail, it provides far-reaching panoramic views to England's south coast.
"The balcony is a crowning feature of the house and really transforms its whole appearance. We're absolutely delighted with it, and of course, that it has also won us such a marvellous prize in Balcony's photo competition," said Stephen.
"We saw Balcony Systems three years ago at Grand Designs and were very impressed as the product was exactly what we were looking for - nice clean lines and clear glass without clips to keep the views.
"No one else was prepared to do a curve; there was a very 'can-do' positive attitude from Balcony! They can always find a solution. The fitting team was brilliant, really excellent. So many people have admired our balcony from which we enjoy wonderful sea views."
Completing the three-bedroom property last summer was the fulfilment of a 38-year dream for the couple, who have four grown-up children. "Having owned the plot of land for so long, we took the decision five years ago to finally go ahead and build our own house," continued Stephen, who admitted the project was a major undertaking at their time of life.
"The house took two years to build and the glass balcony was installed right at the end of the build. It really makes a feature of the whole house, while also protecting us - and the building - from the wind. Not only does it look good, but the low-maintenance glass and aluminium materials resist corrosion - an important factor for a coastal location," he added. The balustrade was fitted atop the galvanised steel structure, which features recycled plastic wood-effect decking with a non-slip surface.
Architect Robert Biggs of Biggs Talbot Architects, said: "It was important for the design of the balcony structure to reflect the contemporary nature of the house design as well as providing a marine theme.
"The Balcony system with its clean minimal structure lines and ability to provide curves provided an ideal solution both in terms of providing an interesting visual appearance and low maintenance."
Clear balcony views at DartmouthDartmouth, Devon
Contractor:Self build project
Paul and Brenda Reach replaced a timber balcony with Balcony Systems' low-maintenance balustrading, adding a second one above off a new open-plan 24 foot square reception area.
Says Paul: "We got such a good deal from Balcony Systems that we did both to match! We wanted a toughened glass balcony and easily obtained an immediate online quote from their website. It worked for us!
Replacing a rusty balcony in a coastal propertyLeigh-on-Sea, Essex
Replacing an old wrought iron balcony with a glass and aluminium one from Balcony Systems has not only given Ivan Starkey clear sea views with much lower maintenance; it's also helped to cure his leaking flat roof.
Anchored with special stainless steel brackets and with no clamps to spoil the view, the new 20 metre-long balcony at his Leigh-on-Sea home makes the most of coastal vistas from two living rooms.
Says Ivan: "The old wrought iron balcony's upright supports were screwed to the roof joists and eventually caused water penetration through hairline gaps. Installing a new balcony has solved this problem.
He adds: "I like everything about the Balcony Systems product; clarity, very light, very nice and so easy to keep clean. There's no maintenance - an essential factor when living next to the sea - as the balustrade resists the corrosive effects of salt. The service was absolutely fantastic too; I would certainly recommend the company."
Cheshire Canalside Curved BalconyMacclesfield, Cheshire East
Balcony Systems' self-cleaning glass balustrade keeps canal views.
When a Cheshire householder added a wraparound terrace to her canalside home, she turned to Balcony Systems for the low-maintenance 39-metre curved and straight glass balustrading solution to keep the views.
"I wanted the beautiful look of glass balustrading and to keep any cleaning chores to an absolute minimum," explained Lynda. "I had heard about self-cleaning glass technology and that's why I specified Balcony's self-cleaning coated glass.
"It really does work; I simply hose it down regularly and any dirt just washes off the glass and greatly reduces maintenance. Clear glass was important for me, as I wanted to retain views of the narrowboats on the Cheshire Ring canal system from the terrace. The balustrading looks excellent and I am very pleased with it," she added.
Balcony Systems - the right choice for seaside livingMawgan Porth, North Cornwall Atlantic Coast
Architect:Mark Kingsley Architects Ltd
The couple's architect, Mark Kingsley, of Mark Kingsley Architects Ltd, worked closely with Balcony's design team to create the complex dimensions, sharp angles and watertight specifications for the balustrade, which follows the contours of garages underneath the terrace.
Mark, who also assisted with the concept design of the dwelling, commented: "The balcony arrangement was complex due to its irregular geometric shape. However, the resultant installation through design development with Balcony Systems was spot on. The end result has been well received and is elegant."
Tanya added: ""Balcony Systems worked exceptionally well in delivering a complicated design for a competitive price and the balcony looks fabulous. It's the perfect place with shelter from the wind from which to enjoy cream teas - and the splendid view!"
Kent Seaside BalustradeDungeness Beach, Kent
Replacing an old and broken metal balustrade with a low-maintenance glass and aluminium balcony from Balcony Systems has transformed Pamela Tepper's beachside home in Kent. The new balcony now draws admiring glances from all who see it.
With Balcony's self-cleaning glass coating on the panels to resist salt and sand deposits, Pamela spends fewer hours cleaning and more time enjoying the stylish, robust and rejuvenated balcony at her Dungeness home, just metres from the sea.
"Glass was important for me to keep the sea views, but also for protecting against the strong winds," she says. "Even on the windiest of the days, it's absolutely calm when sitting below the height of the glass and I feel the balcony's attractive appearance has definitely added value and saleability to my property."
It would seem her view is reinforced by seaside visitors, as Pamela adds: "As the only home with a glass balcony, people do 'double-takes' when they look up and see it. I'm really pleased as it looks lovely and I also don't have to worry about corrosion or future maintenance.
"Glass is the perfect balustrading choice for this harsh climate and really complements my home. Price-wise, it compared very favourably with alternative materials like metal, so I'm delighted!"
Trent Park Stunning Glass BalustradesColwick Country Park, Nottingham
Nottingham's award-winning River Crescent sits on the banks of the River Trent and is immediately adjacent to 240 acres of woodland beauty in Colwick Country Park.
Complementing this impressive development of prestigious apartments are hundreds of metres of glass and aluminium balustrading supplied by Balcony Systems.
External balconies have become an important and appealing feature of new homes, particularly for apartments where they allow residents convenient 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.
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.
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.
Designed and installed by Balcony's sister company Viking Balcony Systems (VBS) the result delivered the client's vision for an aesthetically-driven balustrading solution that is as visually stunning as it is practical. VBS provided technical expertise 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.
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.
According to a Clegg Construction spokesman, the two companies jointly developed the overall balcony design to achieve the desired bold design statement - and the clear glass balconies played a major part in that process.
"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," he added.
In recent years, the Trent Park development has won a series of high-profile industry awards. Following accolades from the Daily Mail Awards for Best Architecture, Best Development and Best Apartment, River Crescent gained further national recognition by winning the Your New Home/Daily Telegraph Award for Best Waterside Development.
River Crescent was the first phase of the Nottingham Waterside Regeneration Plan aimed at developing the River Trent from Colwick Country Park to Trent Bridge.
This mixed use community has been carefully designed with the local environment in mind and the £50M River Crescent building also showcases the latest environmental and renewable energy initiatives.
Internal glass balustrade featured on BBCBurnham, Buckinghamshire
Internal glass balustrade adds 'wow' factor
Upgrading to Balcony Systems Glass Balustrade Woking, Surrey
Upgrading an old wooden railing to a Balcony Systems' Glass Balustrade
Replacing an old wooden and post system, this new low-maintenance glass and aluminium balustrade supplied by Balcony Systems has delivered 100% for Alex Findlay and his family at his Surrey home.
Nearly 17 metres of clear toughened glass panels, topped with a shiny Royal Chrome handrail, have transformed the appearance of Alex's garden and keep clear views from the conservatory to the magnificent Koi pond beyond.
Installed by Peter Nelmes, one of Balcony Systems registered installers; the Balcony 2 balustrade also supplies the required security around the outside terrace and pond from where the fish can be viewed in safety.
"The old timber balustrade had started to rot after 12 years and the last thing I was wanted was for it to give way and someone to fall in," explained Alex, who lives near Woking. "Having seen the Balcony product at Grand Designs, I decided it was the ideal replacement solution that makes a huge difference to this part of the garden.
"Now there's no maintenance to worry about and I can see through the glass to the pond and rest of the garden. At night, blue lights on the decking illuminate the glass and create a beautiful effect. The balustrade is the crowning feature in the garden and Balcony has delivered absolutely 100%!"
Peter commented: "Installation of the new balustrade, which follows the exact contours of the old one, went smoothly. It offers long-term durability and provides an important security feature beside the pond."
"Having seen the Balcony product at Grand Designs, I decided it was the ideal replacement solution "
"The balustrade is the crowning feature in the garden and Balcony has delivered absolutely 100%!"
Elegant balconies for Chateau ValeuseSt Brelade's Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands
Architect:Naish Waddington Architects
Contractor:AC Mauger Construction
Designed by Jersey-based Naish Waddington architects and built by AC Mauger Construction, Chateau Valeuse took third place in the 'Best Large-Scale Development' category at the 2011 Jersey Design Awards.
For Naish Waddington, clear glass balustrading was a key design element. 'The strong semi-circular balconies are sculptural, dramatic and functional. The horizontality of the South Elevation is emphasised by the continuation of these balconies which span towards the central element. Chateau Valeuse is a calm, refined, modernist building, set within a landscape that evokes its seaside setting'.
Project Architect Bruno Francisco commented: "Balcony Systems was able to provide a cost-effective frameless curved balustrading solution to ensure uninterrupted sea views. We were able to achieve this with semi-circular projecting balconies using the handrail as the structural tie without the need for vertical intermediate posts"
Managing Director of Balcony Systems, Effi Wolff said: "As this impressive project shows, curved or straight panels, or a combination of both, can deliver the architect's vision for an aesthetically-driven balustrading solution that is as visually stunning as it is practical."
Balcony Systems is a specialist in sophisticated glass and aluminium balustrading solutions and stunning curved patio doors, supplying straight or curved external and Juliet balconies to exact client specifications.
From single balustrades to multi-apartment developments, the company works with architects, designers and specifiers to deliver the most cost-effective, stylish and durable balustrade solution.
Balcony adds the 'Wow' factor to Norfolk homeNorfolk, England
Contractor:Encompass Project Management Ltd
Two further straight external glass balconies provide additional outdoor space while keeping clear views to the grounds from the master bedroom and a first-floor office.
David Groucott, Director of Suffolk-based developers Encompass Project Management Ltd selected Balcony Systems for their ability to supply the required glazed elements that met the demands of the building's unusual and contemporary design.
He said: "Not only do the Balcony products work extremely well on this highly-individual property; they also deliver the required design criteria very cost-effectively making them excellent value for money. The curved patio doors from the pool room, in particular, make a statement that adds to the overall impact and enjoyment of living in this home for the client and his family."
Louise Knight of LSI Architects commented: "It's the first time we had worked with Balcony Systems and they delivered to the required timescales as well as produced additional items, such as extra handrails, at the client's request. This is a project to be proud of and we will include them in future quotations."
Completed in 2012, the new property replaced an original 1940s house on the site and took two years to build. It was developed on sustainable design principles to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and incorporates a ground source heating system to provide heating and hot water for the building and pool.
Balcony Systems is a specialist in sophisticated glass and aluminium balustrading solutions and stunning curved patio doors. Straight or curved external and Juliet balconies are supplied to exact client specifications - from single balustrades to multi-apartment developments - delivering a cost-effective, stylish and durable balustrade solution
Art Deco-style curved doors in WhitstableWhitstable, Kent.
The couple selected Balcony's products as they offered an affordable balcony system that would complement the curves on the rest of the property. Balcony Systems, one of the UK's leading glass balustrading specialists, was also the only company they found that could offer a good quality curved glass solution for both their balcony and patio door needs.
"Their solutions and the minimal posts provided a clean, continuous flow of glass and allowed us to maximise the sea views. We didn't want anything blocking the fabulous views,"
The owner added: "Balcony's products have brought our paper design of curved glass alive and the company has been helpful after the installation. Without these products, we would have ended up with dull flat runs of glass. Balcony has allowed us to realise our design dreams - and everybody loves a curve!"
Amazing Isle of Man views realizedPort Erin, Isle of Man
Architect:Marshall Cryer Architects
Contractor:Hamilton Project Management Ltd
The curved patio doors and balustrading elements were installed by Chris Wedgwood, Managing Director of Jurby-based Hamilton Project Management Ltd and incorporated as part of extensive remodelling to the substantial 920s building, perched on a steep site in Tower Road.
Five years of construction work included rebuilding and extending the southern elevation and roofing over what was an outdoor swimming pool.
Following the shape of a second lower terrace next to the swimming pool are nearly 40 metres of Balcony's curved and straight balustrading, topped with an anodised silver handrail. Above this terrace, three glass Juliet balconies supplied by Balcony Systems maintain clear views from guest rooms on two upper floors.
Having holidayed on the Isle of Man for many years, the couple moved there from the UK in 2006 having fallen in love with The Arches' spectacular coastal location. The B&B opened for business in 2011.
Philip, from Liverpool, explained: "The incredible views inspired all the glass as the whole point was to maximise the pleasure from them. It's unusual to have 180 degrees of such splendour - and the curved patio door from Balcony Systems really does it justice. Everyone is stunned when they see it and it adds so much to the value and enjoyment of the property.
He added: "As the house is located near to the sea, that's great for the views but a real challenge to the materials used to enable us to enjoy them to the full. After four or five years of installation, the finishes on our Balcony products are like new.
"The curved patio door performs well; it's thermally-efficient, air and watertight, even during the wild weather we get sometimes. It's so central to what we wanted to achieve. There's no product like it and it really brings the outside in!"
Project architect John Cryer, of Marshall Cryer Architects said an initial triangular design for the lounge was adapted into a more space-efficient curve after consultation with Balcony Systems.
He said: "The curved door is a remarkable product, making the most of the space and views while turning an ordinary room into something much better. This site is so suited to this product. So many sites on the island have good views that would benefit from products like those from Balcony Systems. I would definitely use their products again."
According to Chris Wedgwood, it's the combination of Balcony's three different products that work really well at The Arches. "The curved patio door undoubtedly gives the house its 'Wow' factor and makes the most of the views. The structural glass balustrade is a fantastic answer for uninterrupted views. They're all good quality, well-thought out products."
Balcony Systems is a specialist in sophisticated glass and aluminium balustrading solutions and stunning curved patio doors, supplying straight or curved external and Juliet balconies to exact client specifications.
We predominantly supply 10mm Clear Toughened Glass. We can offer tinted & also Laminated glass as well.
We leave a 30mm gap between glass panels for three reasons: 1)No smaller than 30 so fingers/rings do not get trapped 2) Not abutted for expansion and 3) for ease of installation and alignment
For ease of installation and transport we divide the glasses so the largest pane does not exceed 1.2m length.
Yes, we can supply, as part of the system, 5mm packers that will sit beneath each fixing point and so allow a 5mm gap that allows water to pass freely underneath the bottom rail.
We manufacture the balustrade only, not the balcony structure. Our system will suit almost any balcony structure.
We have four standard colours; White, Silver, Bronze and our unique "Royal Chrome" finish.
We can supply other colours but only on projects that have enough quantity to allow this.
The corners of the balustrades are mechanically joined with a special internal aluminium plate. They are not welded.
Stainless steel despite its name will tend to tarnish and will usually not live up to the expectations. Anodized aluminium, especially our "Royal Chrome", is far superior in corrosion resistance and longevity and will not require the amount of regular maintenance that stainless steel will.
Our systems are designed to suit balconies and terraces, they are not designed for stair railings.
Yes, our balustrade systems have been thoroughly tried and tested, on site and off site. In June 2004 we commissioned Sandberg LLP, independent testing & consulting engineers, to test our systems with regards to compliance to BS6180:1999 & BS6399:1996. These test results are posted on our website in the form of PDF documents. You can view these through the home page or download them at the download.
The balustrade system at 1.1m height and with 10mm glass weighs appx 33kg per linear meter
No, it is not a structural glass balustrade. It is a composite system utilizing both the glass and the Handrail to take the loads. Utilizing the handrail allows the balustrade to span certain lengths without the need for vertical posts. Once these are exceeded we must introduce vertical posts.
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Our glass balustrades are available in curved options and also in our unique "Royal Chrome" finish.
Balcony 1 System has a 70mm diameter handrail and 55mm diameter posts. When used for public areas we utilize 65mm diameter posts.
Balcony 2 system has a special aerofoil shaped handrail with dimensions 116mm wide and 51mm height, the vertical balustrade posts for the balcony 2 system are rectangular in shape and sit behind the glass. The size of the balusters is 40mm wide and 66 mm deep.
These posts are made from two parts; a primary or “base” structural post which can be supplied early and should be fitted firmly to the building or structure below the finished floor level. This primary post will be covered by the “system” post on final installation. This unique “telescopic” system relieves the need to know the exact final height of the handrail at the early stage. This allows tremendous flexibility in design and implementation.
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Balcony Systems at Grand Designs 2013 at London’s Excel, presenting the winners of its annual Balustrades photo competition. We were impressed by the amazing response of our customers all over the UK.
We hope that you’re able to visit our stand at the show and see our exciting range of Balustrades, Juliettes, Curved Doors and Decking. Grand 10% discount on orders placed from Friday 3rd through to the Tuesday 12th May, 2013.
Creative shots of balustrades, Juliette balconies, views through curved glass doors from all over UK: Lancashire, Nether Alderley, Isle of Man, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Worcestershire, Castle Donington, Berkswell.
Curved sliding patio doors at Gara Rock resort. Measuring nearly 15 metres in width with a blue powder-coated finish, the door opens onto an outdoor dining terrace.
Balcony Systems returns to Grand Designs Live for the 7th consecutive year. Apply for a complimentary ticket >>
High levels of enquiries and orders from visitors attending the Grand Designs Live 2012 exhibition contributed to a ‘very busy’ three days on our stand at the October consumer home show at Birmingham’s NEC.
Orders placed during the exhibition (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October) will have a GRAND 10% taken off
You and Your Balcony – enter our new photo competition to win £1000 cash. What do you like most about your balcony? Whether it’s for reading, relaxing, entertaining or simply enjoying the view, let us know and you could win £1000 hard cash.
50% off the self-cleaning glass coating on our Glass Balustrades, Custom Glass Juliet Balconies and our Curved Glass Patio Doors.
Glass Juliet Balconies now cost less than traditional steel ones - Costing from just £178, elegant Glass Juliet balconies are one of the most affordable balustrading solutions.
We are happy with our new stylish balustrade appearance. Our balcony looks modern, the view through the glass is super clear and creates lig...
The Balcony is superb, the company were very helpful and their technical adviser Bernard. The fitter was excellent but would of preferred if...
Fantastic, easy to order, arrived on time with clear instructions and was installed by my builder with no fuss. The building control are hap...
Our Balcony 2 system looks superb around the edge of our patio. I even managed to fit some colour-changing LED lighting to it - which trans...
The balconies are just what we wanted, the detailing is good and we like the anodysed finish. We are very pleased with how they look on the ...
We have around 20 meter glass balustrade along the balcony. It is of high quality and looks stunning, admired by all that see it.
I was really impressed with the customer support, I think from 3 or 4 Balcony Systems employee's, always helpful and they liaised with the i...
Nice balcony, looks great
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Our Juliette balcony is everything we hoped it would be. Extra light, great views, and a stylish addition to the house.
The service was ...
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