LEVOLUX IMPRESSES AT BAKERS QUAY December 2018
Balconies for the Provender building at Bakers Quay
Provender is a new residential development at Bakers Quay in Gloucester, which benefits from a host of appealing features, including a large private lobby, an on-site cafe and restaurant, and a custom balcony solution from Levolux.
Completed during the first phase of a £60 million regeneration project, the Provender building benefits from a waterside location. The site was originally occupied by the 19th century Foster Brothers Oil and Cake Mill and the new building’s bricked gable ends reflect this heritage.
Designed by Whittam Cox architects, the Provender building provides 47 one and two bed luxury apartments, arranged across four upper floors. All apartments benefit from premium fixtures and fittings, while most of them also boast generous balconies offering panoramic views.
As one of the UK’s leading providers of custom balcony and balustrading solutions, Levolux was invited to design, manufacture and install 44 balconies for the Provender building. Each rectangular-shaped balcony starts with custom first-fix steel brackets. The brackets are designed to allow pre-assembled balconies to be quickly and easily bolted onto the building.
Levolux’s innovative ‘bolt-on’ balcony design takes account of project specific requirements. Site access and storage restrictions are easily accommodated, while use of cranes and other specialist lifting equipment is minimised.
Levolux’s dedicated balcony assembly centre has enough capacity to satisfy ‘just-in-time’ delivery requirements for multiple large projects. Typically, balconies are delivered to site complete with facias, soffits and decking boards and with an integrated glass carrier. Once on-site, Levolux finishes the balconies with frameless glass balustrading, before they are lifted and carefully secured to the building.
All balconies meet stringent quality and safety standards, with CE compliant structural steelwork and heat toughened and heat soak tested, laminated glass for complete peace of mind. The 22mm thick frameless glass balustrading is topped with a polished stainless-steel handrail.
After years of delays and setbacks, the Bakers Quay development project is now making swift progress. The completion of the Provender building, with its innovative ‘bolt-on’ balconies from Levolux, represents a significant landmark. The next phase of the development will include additional residential accommodation and the expansion of a retail park and leisure quarter.