Glass balustrading is no new thing, a broad range of solutions and fixing methods have been available for some time, so how do you cut the wheat from the chaff and choose the best solution?
Firstly, establish what look you require, one of the first considerations in detailing a glass balustrade solution is whether to include posts or not, or point fixings? Ultimately this comes down to aesthetics and ensuring the best performance. Frameless glass balustrades provide unrestricted views. Post fixed balustrading creates a sturdy look, however the posts do create visual impediments in the overall view. Using point fixings is another option to create the ‘all glass’ look but the fixing substrate needs to appropriate to enable side fixing.
Once you have chosen your preferred type of glass balustrading system naturally you want to make sure the system is fit for purpose and from a reputable supplier. Two of the key elements for a successful glass balustrading project are ease of installation and cost effectiveness. ONLEVEL are well known for providing innovative glass hardware solutions, with their TL-6020 frameless glass balustrade profile leading the way in the UK for simple, no fuss installation.
Glass is fitted into ONLEVEL’s range of ‘TL’ profiles using Flex-Fit, Flex-Fit is ONLEVEL’s innovative system for adjusting glass plates. With this system it was possible to adjust each individual glass plate up to 40 millimetres towards the perpendicular line.
It provides safe alignment of glass balustrades; with just a simple sliding movement the installer is able to precisely position glass and reduce the assembly time by some 30%. – fast, effective and so simple. In addition, Flex-Fit is safer than traditional glass balustrade fixing solutions which often require you to work from both the balcony side and the void side. Flex-Fit was fully operated from the balcony side. Not only is it safer, rental costs for scaffolding or a cherry picker are eliminated!
ONLEVEL’s glass balustrading solutions provide real cost savings due to installation ease and speed, furthermore with ONLEVEL you have peace of mind, knowing their products have been successfully installed on numerous projects across the UK and Germany for many years.
Colindale Gardens, London, UK
Situated in the heart of North West London is Colindale Gardens, a unique £1bn residential development in Colindale, Barnet. Once complete it will comprise of 2,900 homes, nine acres of public green space alongside a shopping plaza and school.
Spanning 47 acres in total, Colindale Gardens is an ongoing regeneration scheme with a 12-year plan. The first construction phase in 2017 saw the development of Lassen House and Newington House, beautiful new residential blocks featuring ONLEVEL’s TL-6020 frameless glass balustrade profile. Each apartment features an external area with balcony that combines effortlessly with the building envelope to create a sleek, modern structure.
ONLEVEL’s TL6020 balustrading solution upon the balconies of Lassen House and Newington House, Colindale Gardens
Central to the success of the building’s exterior appeal, with its clean lines and architectural balcony framework is the frameless glass balustrading by ONLEVEL. It provides a safe and secure barrier to each balcony area whilst subtly unifying with the protruding metalwork and façade of the building.
A total of 600 metres of TL-6020 frameless glass balustrading system from ONLEVEL was specified and installed in the external balcony areas of each apartment, maximising light throughout and providing unobscured views.
Gary Dean, Sales Director, ONLEVEL UK, comments, “Its fair to say we have a reputation for developing innovative glass hardware solutions. Innovation is part of our character, creating easy to install innovative solutions is key, but like everything we do, there has to be balance and no matter how innovative the product, it has to be cost effective.”
Redrow North London’s Colindale Gardens development received the accolade of Multi Storey Development of the Year at The Bricks 2017 Awards
ONLEVEL are the innovation specialist for Juliet balcony systems, glass clamps, and high-quality balustrade profiles in all shapes and sizes. Providing aesthetical pleasing, safe, tested, independently certified, highly durable balustrades for living or work spaces.
ONLEVEL supply certified dry-glaze frameless glass balustrade systems in 0.75kN, 1.5kN and 3kN performance standards, and Juliet Balcony solutions up to 3m spans - with unique, patented, fast installation solutions. Additionally, ONLEVEL supply glass clamps, structural glass point-fixings, Stainless Steel, Aluminium and Wooden handrails, Fischer, Wurth and Hilti fixings and accessories such as stainless-steel cleaner, adhesive and glass cleaner.