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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.


Hartfield Road, Wimbledon


69 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon SW19 The Old Picture House, Streatham


7 Streatham High Road London SW16 Glen farm, Aberdeen - River Don


Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland Glass Balcony Transforms Welsh Home


Mold, Flintshire, Nth Wales A Clearer View from the Balcony at Hemel


Bury Road, Hemel Hempstead 'Sea' More with Clear Glass Balcony Views


Lancing, West Sussex Curve Appeal from Balcony at Luxury Complex


Sienna Court, Oldham, Lancashire Balcony gets straight to "The Point"


Aylestone Hill, Hereford Balcony Adds a Room With a View


Winchester, Hampshire Beautiful Balustrading By the Sea


Poole Bay, Dorset "WOW" WHAT A BALCONY!


Jersey, Channel Islands BALCONY Is The Perfect Match at WIMBLEDON


Hatfield Road, Wimbledon, London BALCONY Helps Couple Achieve Their Dream Home


Soulbury, Buckinghamshire BALCONY CURVES DELIVER UNIQUE SOLUTION FOR LUXURY ART DECO HOME


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Hartfield Road, Wimbledon 69 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon SW19


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Contractor:Lancsville Construction Ltd


BALCONY IS THE PERFECT MATCH AT WIMBLEDON


Stylish glass external and Juliette balconies supplied by Balcony Ltd perfectly match the contemporary appearance and extensively glazed exterior of this 13-apartment development in Wimbledon, London.


Developers Lancsville Construction installed four external glazed balconies to the front of the three-storey Lingford Gate building in Hartfield Road, complementing a dramatic curved glass staircase enclosure.


To the rear elevation, seven Juliette balconies in clear glass allow residents to take full advantage of natural light and maximise their enjoyment of the garden views.


At around a third to half the cost of structural glazing, Balcony's sophisticated clear balustrading solutions meet the challenges of beauty, safety and value while allowing an uninterrupted view to the outside scenery. Strong and simple to install, the maintenance-free system allows greater freedom of design to enhance all property styles as a cost-effective and more aesthetic alternative to bars or railings. *


The Old Picture House, Streatham 7 Streatham High Road London SW16


Developer:Merc Investment & Construction Ltd


Architect:Hart Associates


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.


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Glen farm, Aberdeen - River Don Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland


Developer:Quality Street Residential Investments


Architect:Douglas Jack


Contractor:Barratt Construction Ltd


CLEAR GLASS BALCONIES RETAIN RIVER VIEWS


With the number of apartments this year totalling half of all new builds, balconies have become an important and aesthetic aspect of domestic architecture. Increasingly, modern balcony styles now favour glazed balustrading systems, rather than railings, to retain panoramic views of surrounding scenery. At Glen Farm, Dyce in Aberdeen, picturesque views from the 36 luxury apartments across the River Don and beyond have been preserved with a no- maintenance aluminium balustrade and glass panel system supplied and fitted by Balcony Systems Ltd, specialists in sophisticated balustrading solutions. Built by Barratt Construction Ltd for developer Quality Street Residential Investments, the one and two-bed apartments feature a combination of Juliette balconies and balconies, measuring up to 5.5 meters wide.


Project Architect Douglas Jack of the Holmes Partnership selected the cost-effective system, manufactured by Balcony Systems Ltd, for its clear glass aesthetics to keep the views, and to complement the properties' contemporary exterior appearance.


"Using a glazed balustrading system maximises the picturesque views over the river and farmland, one of the primary features of the site," he explains. "Unlike railings, glass does not obscure the view, and allows residents to take full advantage of their balconies' rural setting."


With over 25 years' experience, Balcony is at the forefront of innovation and value engineering in the design, manufacture and installation of stainless steel, glass and aluminium balustrades and Juliette balconies. In many cases, its glass balustrades require no vertical supports at a fraction of the cost of alternative glazed systems. The company also offers a complete project management service, from concept to completion, to architects, developers and housebuilders. *


Glass Balcony Transforms Welsh Home Mold, Flintshire, Nth Wales


Developer:Self Build Refurbishment


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GLASS BALCONY TRANSFORMS WELSH HOME


From rusty railings to clear views, this glass balcony from Balcony Systems Ltd has completely transformed the appearance and enjoyment of a North Wales home with an elegant no-maintenance, corrosion-resistant balustrading solution.


Simple to install, the six metre aluminium balustrade and glass panel system has restored scenic views previously obscured by old wrought iron railings, which required regular and time-consuming painting.


According to homeowner Charles Blackwood, the original spindles were in a bad state and obscured the views 'with a vengeance'. Installing the glass balcony has given his 1960s dormer bungalow, situated a few miles from Mold, a new lease of life.


He commented: "It has made a tremendous difference in terms of aesthetics and we can really enjoy the panoramic views over the countryside. Nor is there any need for painting, which is a big advantage.


"The Balcony system is much neater as there are fewer vertical supports and it's much more cost-effective compared to alternatives we looked at," he added.


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A Clearer View from the Balcony at Hemel Bury Road, Hemel Hempstead


Developer:Unicoin Homes Group Plc


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Contractor:Unicoin Homes Group Plc


Clear glass balconies with aluminium handrails enhance the clean contemporary building design of newbuild apartments in Hemel Hempstead. Balcony Ltd supplied external and Juliette balconies for the three and four-storey blocks comprising a total 51 dwellings at Gadebury Heights in Bury Road.


Developers Unicoin Homes Group Plc opted for the cleaner lines of glass balustrading, as opposed to railings, to complement the buildings' modern external appearance.


Versatile and cost-effective, the Balcony system also brings considerable benefits for residents. They benefit from a low-maintenance balustrading solution, together with more natural light inside and a clearer, unobstructed view to the outside.


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.


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'Sea' More with Clear Glass Balcony Views Lancing, West Sussex


Developer:Gerald Glover & Laura Turner


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Maximising sea views from this stunning individually-designed beach house on the South coast are aluminium and glass balustrades supplied by Balcony Systems Ltd. Corrosion-resistant and requiring no-maintenance, the system is the perfect stylish choice for a contemporary property in a marine environment.


Gerald Glover and his partner Laura Turner selected Balcony's glazed balustrading for the two 7.5 metres wide tapering balconies at the Lancing property, which was featured on television in Channel Five's 'Build a New Life in the Country'.


The couple chose the bronze coloured aluminium handrail finish to complement the brown windows and timber cladding at their unique glass-fronted home, which is literally yards from the sea.


"Glass was important to match the external appearance and we chose the Balcony system because it is so simple and looks beautiful. It is so much better than others we considered," explains Laura. "It lets in light and uses minimum posts to maximise the glass area without resorting to the high expense of structural glazing."


She adds: "Balcony also assisted us on design and technical aspects of the project. It's fantastic waking up and all you can see is the sea, without bars to obscure the view."


The Balcony system with a silver handrail finish is also installed on a similar neighbouring house owned by Andrew Clayton, who comments: "The elegant style of the balconies suits the seaside location very well, having clear views through the glass panels and minimal post structures."


Cost-effective with clean lines and no maintenance, Balcony's glazed balustrading systems are a clear choice with housebuilders and homeowners alike who want to preserve views and maximise light to property interiors.


Balcony Systems Ltd specialises in sophisticated balustrading solutions, supplying elegant glass and aluminium balustrades and Juliette balconies to complement all property styles. In many cases, the glass balustrades require no vertical supports to give a clear view to the outside at a fraction of the cost of alternative glazed systems.


An added advantage is that should a glass panel 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'.


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Curve Appeal from Balcony at Luxury Complex Sienna Court, Oldham, Lancashire


Developer:Renaissance Living


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Contractor:Wiggett Construction Ltd


Curved patio doors and glass balustrading supplied by Balcony Systems Ltd met the architect's specification to maximise light, satisfy strict aesthetic requirements and enhance the feeling of spaciousness at this luxury apartment complex for the over-55s in Lancashire.


The Renaissance Living development at Sienna Court in Oldham offers stylish and modern retirement accommodation, with a mix of 53 apartments, of these six two-bedroom penthouse apartments.


The complex is built to exacting high standards by contractor Wiggett Construction Ltd and makes extensive use of glass. Glass was specified to maximise residents' views; both internally overlooking a large communal lounge/bistro area and externally from Juliette balconies to a central Piazza within the complex.


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.


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Balcony gets straight to "The Point" Aylestone Hill, Hereford


Developer:IE Developments Ltd


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Contractor:IE Developments Ltd


Aluminium and glass balconies supplied by Balcony Systems Ltd complement the clean lines and contemporary appearance of a new luxury residential development situated at the 'gateway' to Hereford.


Developer IE Developments Ltd selected Balcony's new 'Royal Chrome' aluminium handrail finish for the 88 metres of balustrading at The Point, which comprises 12 apartments, two penthouses and two townhouses on a prominent 1.25-acre site at the top of Aylestone Hill.


According to Managing Director Tim Evans, the elegance and simplicity of the Balcony system perfectly matches the ethos behind the project's specification to offer a practical, stylish and high quality living environment with minimal maintenance requirements.


"The finesse and clean lines of the system made it the ideal choice to enhance the angular architecture of the development," he explains. "Unlike alternative glazed balustrading products, the Balcony system does not use corner posts or glass clamps that spoil the clear aesthetics. It is also very cost-effective.


"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!"


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Balcony Adds a Room With a View Winchester, Hampshire


Developer:Self Build Refurbishment


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A clear glass balcony extension has transformed the way John and Julie Tunnicliffe use their 1960's 'upside-down' Winchester home. At over five metres wide and between two and three metres deep, the tapered balcony is another room large enough to host a dinner party for six in comfort - achieved for the cost of a small family car.


Preserving uninterrupted views over the countryside was of paramount importance. Having dismissed alternatives such as wood or iron spindles, the couple chose a low-maintenance glass and aluminium balustrade system from Balcony Systems Ltd. "A great design at a reasonable price," says John. "Wood and iron are self-defeating as the view is obscured by the spindles, so glass is a great alternative."


"As the kitchen and living rooms are upstairs, a two-storey extension was required to enlarge our galley-style kitchen. Adding the balcony to the extended kitchen provides us with another area to dine, relax and have fun, while taking advantage of the hillside views."


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."


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Beautiful Balustrading By the Sea Poole Bay, Dorset


Developer:Self Build Refurbishment


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Self-installed at this detached house overlooking Poole Bay, glass balconies from Balcony Systems Ltd provide the perfect no-maintenance, corrosion-resistant balustrading solution for a harsh coastal environment and clear views to the ocean.


Pensioner Clive Crossley chose the easy-to-install aluminium balustrade and glass panel system to replace wrought iron railings that not only required regular painting, but obscured panoramic scenic views over the bay and beyond.


Clive, a 75-year-old retired chartered engineer, said installation of the 3m by 1.5m rectangular balcony and a larger angular design, both adjoining bedrooms, was simple and straight-forward. He completed the job in a total of 42 hours.


He explained: "The complexity of angles in the larger balcony measuring 2m by 3m and 4m presented more of a challenge. However, design assistance from Balcony's technical team helped to ensure the whole job went smoothly.


"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."


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"WOW" WHAT A BALCONY! Jersey, Channel Islands


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The Channel Island of Jersey has enthusiastically embraced the arrival of a low-maintenance glass balcony system that offers safety and security, while keeping clear views to the outside.


Tom Matthews is Managing Director of Pallot Windows, one of the island’s oldest window companies and now Balcony’s distributor based in St Helier. He says the elegance and simplicity of the competitively-priced Balcony System serves their niche market perfectly.


"It’s a fantastic product, particularly for the many properties here that overlook the sea," says Tom. "Jersey has some wealthier residents who are selective in what they spend on their homes and lifestyles, preferring products that are a bit different and bespoke. The Balcony system scores highly for its aesthetics and affordability, with the great advantage of keeping the views. Its corrosion-resistance makes it ideal for our coastal climate, and of course, there’s no need for painting."


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." *


BALCONY Is The Perfect Match at WIMBLEDON Hatfield Road, Wimbledon, London


Developer:PRH Construction


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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.


For properties in coastal areas exposed to the harsh salty elements, the system’s excellent corrosion-resistance removes the need for regular time-consuming and costly maintenance. An additional benefit is that glass balustrading offers balcony users protection from the wind, enabling them to enjoy the views in comfort - a key selling point for the Northern Irish climate.


Commenting on local trends, Gordon Hemphill, Senator’s Managing Director explains: "Being new to Ireland, the Balcony system is meeting current design trends that favour increased light in new properties, particularly for apartments and luxury homes. As a result, we have been nominated by a number of local architects and developers who recognise its suitability for these property styles, as well as its ability to withstand the rigours of our climate."


The close working relationship between Balcony and Senator ensures any technical or ordering queries are resolved efficiently and professionally. From his Coleraine base and with more than 30 years experience in the window industry, Gordon is well-placed to carry out surveys and liaises with clients on their individual balustrading solutions, from a single glass Juliette balcony to more complex or curved designs.


"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.


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BALCONY Helps Couple Achieve Their Dream Home Soulbury, Buckinghamshire


Developer:Greg Freiberg and Lindsey Russel


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Designed to make the most of its beautiful countryside setting, this luxury five-bedroomed house incorporates extensive glass balustrading and a distinctive three-pane curved sliding patio door supplied by Balcony Systems Ltd.


Owners Greg Freiberg and his wife Lindsey Russel selected Balcony’s products to realise their vision of maximising views and natural light at the stunning, spacious property they built on the site of a former 1960s bungalow at Soulbury, Buckinghamshire.


The couple, who run their own construction company GPF Brickwork & Scaffolding Ltd, lived in their adjacent office/garage block during the two year build programme. They moved in just before last Christmas.


Situated on the first floor of the 'upside-down' house, the open-plan kitchen features a dramatic full-height curved sliding patio door opening onto a corner dining terrace, taking full advantage of the far-reaching views. From the terrace, the glass ‘wraparound’ balcony spans two sunny elevations overlooking the garden and fields beyond. A glass Juliette balcony across a full-height French Window provides the necessary safety, while enhancing interior light into the first-floor galleried landing above the front entrance.


Installation of the patio door and balcony was straightforward and completed by Greg and his brother Jason in just a few days. "We wanted minimum visual interference so that when you enter the room, you are drawn straight through to the view outside," explains Lindsey. "We were going to have a stone-pillared balcony to match the ground floor one, but that would have spoiled the views. The Balcony system appealed to us as it is unobtrusive and literally appears to ‘brings the outside in’."


As a niche product for the UK market, Balcony’s curved patio door range is creating a lot of interest from homeowners seeking an original, inspiring and different solution. Using curved glass, instead of segmented or straight glass adds extra beauty, space and light to any property.


Lindsey continues: "The patio door is quite a talking point. A couple considering a curved door travelled from Devon to look at ours, having discussed some options with Balcony. Our neighbour who has seen it also wants one!"


She adds: "Balcony was extremely helpful, with plenty of ideas and technical advice - right down to the positioning of posts to maximise the clear outlook. It was 100% exactly what we wanted; the bronze handrail and tinted glass complements the property perfectly."


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BALCONY CURVES DELIVER UNIQUE SOLUTION FOR LUXURY ART DECO HOME


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All aspects of an innovative curved glass solution from Balcony Systems Ltd have been used to enhance the unique appearance of a contemporary Art Deco-influenced property on the South Coast.


The system's ability to achieve smooth curved glass doors and windows perfectly met the challenging 'grand piano' double-curve design of the four-bedroomed luxury seafront home overlooking Langstone Harbour at Hayling Island.


Two curved sliding glass and aluminium patio doors provide direct access from the living room and kitchen to the outside. Both sets of doors measure 3.3 metres across by 2.4 metres high, with one set curving inwards and the other set outwards to follow the sinuous shape of the building's southern elevation.


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. Email: enquiries@balconette.co.uk. Tel: 01342 410411, Fax: 01342 410412. Website: www.balconette.co.uk


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Which glass do you supply? Can you supply tinted glass? Why do you leave a gap between the glasses? And how big is the gap? What are the glass size sections? How many glasses is each run made from? I can see that the bottom rail is continuous, do you have a solution to allow water drainage? Do you Manufacture the Balcony Structure? What colours can the balustrades or Juliettes be supplied in? How are the corner joined? are they welded? Is anodizing better or worse than stainless steel? Are the balustrades suitable for stairs? Have your Balustrade Systems been tested? What is the approximate weight per meter of the system with glass? Is the Balcony balustrade Systems a Structural Glass System? VIEW ALL FAQs Which glass do you supply? Can you supply tinted glass?


We predominantly supply 10mm Clear Toughened Glass. We can offer tinted & also Laminated glass as well. Why do you leave a gap between the glasses? And how big is the gap?


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 alingment What are the glass size sections? How many glasses is each run made from?


For ease of installation and transport we divide the glasses so the largest pane does not exceed 1.2m length. I can see that the bottom rail is continuous, do you have a solution to allow water drainage?


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. Do you Manufacture the Balcony Structure?


We manufacture the balustrade only, not the balcony structure. Our system will suit almost any balcony structure. What colours can the balustrades or Juliettes be supplied in?


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. How are the corner joined? are they welded?


The corners of the balustrades are mechanically joined with a special internal aluminium plate. They are not welded. Is anodizing better or worse than stainless steel?


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. Are the balustrades suitable for stairs?


Our systems are designed to suit balconies and terraces, they are not designed for stair railings. Have your Balustrade Systems been tested?


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. What is the approximate weight per meter of the system with glass?


The balustrade system at 1.1m height and with 10mm glass weighs appx 33kg per linear meter Is the Balcony balustrade Systems a Structural Glass System?


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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rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starInverbeg, 26 Oct 2010 By Michael HallidayAfter doing extensive research on the internet followed by a face to face meeting at grand designs in Birmingham it was the obvious choice to use Balcony systems for the refurbishment of our existing balcony. With the use of the glass and stainless balustrade it really has given our 70's house the wow factor. The ease of installation meant that once delivered the project was complete in two days.


We originally had an issue with a difference in colour of the balustrading, due to two different batches in the manufacturing process. However the speed and professionalism in resolving the issue highlighted Balcony systems commitment to product and customer satisfaction.


The installation was completed by our own contractor however when advice was required the company were on hand to provide it. The online installation video provided our contractor with a necessary overview prior to pricing and taking on the works. All materials supplied exact to size and requirements in short did exactly what it said in the ad!


We consider the balcony system supplied, excellent value for money and has only enhanced the marketability of the property. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starBalcony System, 25 Oct 2010 By Mr StockfordI am very pleased with the glass Balcony System that I ordered. Easy to assemble. Simply stunning effect on my renovation project, improving my property 100%. I will use Balcony again on other projects and more than happy to recommend to anyone. Thanks again. Brilliant. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starBalustrade par excellence, 19 Oct 2010 By Anne & Peter MasonWe are so pleased with our balustrade, everything is just as advertised. The high quality is extremely obvious and each component fitted our complicated installation to the millimetre, without a hitch. A highly professional company with whom it has been a pleasure to deal. Total politeness and commitment to service from all. Congratulations Superb after sales service. We fitted our own balustrade and my numerous questions were answered to our total satisfaction. The product represents excellent value for money, considering that the stainless steel alternative was more than double the price. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starBrilliant Balcony (Rating *****), 12 Oct 2010 By Bob HumphriesBalustrade is exactly what we wanted and had found difficulty finding. Quality of materials is excellent. Design and appearance are elegant. Provides an uninterupted view. Cuts down drafts and wind. Installer found technical details efficient and easy to follow. Sturdy, safe and secure product. Balcony Systems sales, technical and delivery staff are courteous, helpful, knowledgable and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble. Company and staff were able and willing to address and solve problems willingly and effectively.First class. Better and less expensive than possible alternatives on the market. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starBalustrade, 6 Oct 2010 By Rosemary & Zoran NovakovicThis was the only product we had seen with no extra pillars or fixings to spoil the view. Great! Very simple and very effective, yet not costing the earth. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful on the phone and even more so when we dropped into the office to have a look. We got a lot of concern and support to resolve a delivery hitch when it arose. The delivery problem was very annoying and somewhat threw the rest of the building schedule, but everyone tried hard to overcome it, and eventually the missing piece was re-delivered. We did quite a bit of research and were beginning to despair before we found the Balconette product on the website. Great value for money compared to other systems we saw. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starRoom with a view, 26 Sep 2010 By Paul TsangExcellent product. Gives us an unobstructed view of the garden.Very infomative website, particularly the 'download' for the assembly.good value for money rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starAlexa Collins Design, 13 Sep 2010 By Alexa CollinsThe glass balustrade looks amazing and is the absolute Wow factor to the house that I've built for myself. I had a few complex queries during the specification phase and I found everyone that I dealt with to be knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful in every regard. To have attempted the balcony I did in architechural glass would have been a very high cost. Using this product I've achieved the look that I wanted and I think I've got an even better product from a saftey perspective for a fraction of the price. I'd say it's good value for money. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starSanderling success, 8 Sep 2010 By Paul ReachWe installed two balcony systems from Balconette this year, one to replace an existing wooden rail and the other on our new extension to the house. The product is fantastic and was installed in two days with no problems. We were going to install wooden post and wire systems but the price offered by Balconette made it easy to choose their system. The ordering process was very efficient based on my own measurements and the installation was easy for my builders to the extent they will now recommend the system to their customers. You will see from the photos I have entered in your competition that the result looks great. I would definitely recommend Balconette systems to anyone!! rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starHuish Episcopi School, Langport, Somerset, 6 Sep 2010 By Nick RussellAn excellent product, very modern in design, practical and robust in use, competitively priced in an actively sought after marketplace. Very well organised Company, from estimate stage to design and co-ordination right through to the installation on site and final information for the end users regarding maintenance. After Sales was pleasing as Balcony Systems were still very much interested in the project after completion, wanting to ensure all were satisfied. We had a mixture of curved internal glazed balustrades, internal glazed staircase balustrades and external glazed walkway balustradeson this project, all of which were competitively priced by Balcony Systems in competition with other reputable suppliers of similar and well publicised products - overall the systems were of excellent value and quality which was recognised by us the Main Contractors and the Project Architects for use on other projects. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starWooden Deck, 6 Sep 2010 By AnilDesign and installation of the Balustrades on a 22 metre wide deck and yet creating a feature of allowing the garden to be appreciated. Key attributes: Looks beautiful, Design and accuracy of product, the delivery schedule met so accurately and finally The installation of the product - all went exceptionally smooth! rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starSouth Wales, 18 Aug 2010 By Nick BradshawVery pleased with the balustrade and the quality of the finished article speaks for itself. Similar comments have been made by neighbours, friends and family who have seen it so far - the balcony was only erected a few weeks ago.


Balcony systems staff were very professional. Also very helpful in arranging shipment to meet our requirements so that the balcony could be erected in time to allow us to enjoy what remains of the summer !! Certainly no complaints in this area. The overall effect is enhanced by the quality of the steel platform powder coated to match the anodised bronze handrail. Balcony systems staff were very helpful in helping us make the colour match rating starrating starrating starrating starrating starExcellent Product & Company to Deal with., 16 Aug 2010 By Paul HoddinottFrom the outset, Balcony Systems were helpful and extremely courteous, they made me feel our project was as special for them as it was for us. They provided guidance throughout the process and according to my builder, installing was straight forward and not difficult. The order and delivery time were as stated and the product very much up to expectation. In fact, our architect has recommended the product to one of his clients as, indeed we have to our friends. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 4 Jul 2008 By PRH Construction"Being glass and aluminium, the Balcony system is well-suited for its purpose, particularly for properties in coastal climates, and we're very pleased with it. Indeed, we're planning to use it on our next development nearby.


"Plus, we get an excellent service from Senator Windows, which is Balcony's distributor in Northern Ireland." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 4 Jul 2008 By Orianna Investments Ltd"We have used the Balcony system several times. As the materials are no-maintenance glass and aluminium, it is the ideal solution for balconies on properties by the sea where corrosion is a real problem with steel ones. rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 4 Jul 2008 By Alastair McHenry Construction Ltd, "The Balcony system is a nice concept and a first-class system. The company provides us with an efficient and helpful service, so we have no complaints." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 3 Apr 2008 By Unicoin Homes"The Balcony system looks good and complements the style of the apartment buildings' exteriors. As a balustrading solution, we're very pleased with the overall effect and service from the company. It's a system we would consider using again in the future."


Mr. M. T. Construction Director Unicoin Homes Group Plc rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 3 Apr 2008 By Mr. C. C."I installed the two balconies myself in a total of 42 hours.


The complexity of the angles in the larger balcony measuring 2m by 3m and 4m presented more of a challenge. However, design assistance from Balcony's technical team helped to ensure the whole job went smoothly."


Mr. C. C. Poole rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 3 Apr 2008 By Deco Design & Build, Kings Bench Street, SE1 "Balcony did a good job and I would happily use the company again.


It's a cost-effective product and the ability to match the handrail colour was a factor in our choice to achieve a co-ordinated exterior appearance.


We specified an RAL colour on the balcony elliptical handrail to match the 'gunmetal grey' shade of the property's windows.


"Workmanship overall was very good and on delivery and timescales, they did what they said, when they said they would.


I would certainly recommend the company and would consider Balcony for any future balustrading projects."


Mr. R. C. Deco Design & Build Co Ltd rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 3 Apr 2008 By Hilton Abbey, Refurbishment Eastbourne"Balcony supplied and fitted new balustrading for an apartment refurbishment project.


I have no complaints whatsoever and I'm more than happy to recommend the use of Balcony products again should we need to."


Mr. G. P. Site manager Hilton Abbey Ltd, London rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 3 Apr 2008 By Helios Construction"Balcony did everything they said they would do and the product is exactly as described. Another satisfied customer!"


Mr. D.H. Helios Construction East Preston, West Sussex rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 15 Dec 2007 By Mr. K D, Site Manager, Lancsville Construction Ltd"The product was delivered on time and the installation went smoothly. Anytime I needed to speak to the company, someone was there. The workmanship of the product is good and I would definitely recommend them - very good job and good product, yes definitely. I would expect Lancsville would use them again.


K D, Site Manager, Lancsville rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 15 Dec 2007 By Mr. S H, Camel Group"Technical assistance from Balcony helped with the initial use of this system for external straight and curved balconies. The animated installation guides on CD were particularly helpful for the installers and ensured everything went smoothly. We are very pleased with the service and always receive feedback very quickly whenever we have any queries."


rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 15 Dec 2007 By Mr. T E, I.E. Developments Ltd"I have found Balcony both an excellent and enjoyable company to work with. The products are simple and practical to use whilst giving the clean contemporary look we were seeking to achieve." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 15 Dec 2007 By Mr & Mrs D"Balcony has been an excellent company to work with. Initially the balcony was damaged beyond repair in transit by the courier. We emailed Balcony photographs of the damage and they replaced it without question, we could not fault their customer service.


"We fitted the balcony ourselves and are more than pleased with it. We now enjoy a beautiful view from the upstairs room." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 15 Dec 2007 By Mr. & Mrs. A "It was just what we wanted and suits our 1980s house. With a bronze handrail, the balcony looks lovely and, of course, being glass there's no maintenance and no need to paint railings.


"An added benefit is protection from the wind, so we can enjoy countryside views from the south-facing balcony all year round - even in winter. A system we'd recommend." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 12 Dec 2007 By Mr. D. "Very good, very pleased and it's exactly what I wanted. The glass keeps views over the rock garden and distant hills. Installation by my builder was easy and straightforward.


"A number of people have asked me about the balcony and everyone I've shown it to has been very impressed, so I'd certainly recommend it." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 12 Dec 2007 By Mr. & Mrs. B."The glass balcony provides the necessary secure balustrading for the decking over the sloping site, while preserving the views. It also provides shelter from the wind and looks beautiful. We're very pleased and would certainly recommend the system.


"Balcony were most helpful, and treated us as individuals, unlike other companies who were more used to dealing with builders or contractors." rating starrating starrating starrating starrating star, 12 Dec 2007 By Mr. A. C."The elegant style of the balconies suits the seaside location very well, having clear views through the glass panels and minimal post structures.


"Our own installation following your instructions went very smoothly as the system is well thought out. Your assistance with drawings and checking the details of integrating to the main structure steel columns, ensured that everything fitted."


More on glass balconies... More on our "Royal Chrome" anodized finish...


A fantastic Glass railing system that has clean glass expanses with minimal upright interruptions, it's easy to install and VERY cost effective.


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Our glass balustrades are available in curved options and also in our unique "Royal Chrome" finish.


Why choose Balcony Systems glass balustrades?


1. They are easy to fit & maintenance free 2. The glass railing system with the most proven track record. 3. Over 20,000 meters of glass balustrades installed in the UK and with over five times that, worldwide.


We cater for all requests, small or large; from the single home builder, or renovator right through to projects with hundreds of balconies.


What are the benefits of our glass balcony system?


1. The railings have no ugly glass clamps 2. The rails do not need any corner posts 3. Large glass spans are achievable and therefore minimal posts required 4. This balcony system is a super strong and tested system, we have tested it on completed sites and in laboratories and have subjected the system to structural calculations that prove its workability 5. urved balcony options are readily available and are not over priced in order to make them popular and used. 6. Our balustrade systems are VERY reasonably priced and work out a lot better than stainless steel balustrades, or structural glass balconies. 7. Unlike stainless steel railings our systems will not require polishing or special maintenance after installing, only the occasional clean.


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