LEVOLUX IMPRESSES FOR WESTMOUNT March 2018
Westmount Jersey Balconies
The Westmount development in St Helier, Jersey for Dandara showcases a revolutionary new ‘bolt-on’ balcony system, which was designed, manufactured and installed by Levolux.
Designed by MJP Architects and Axis Mason Architects, the development comprises four linked blocks which vary in height from nine to thirteen storeys. The medium to high rise development is located within a disused quarry, set against a 40-metre-high rock face rising to the west.
St Helier is the capital of Jersey, which is a 45-square-mile island, situated approximately 14 miles to the west of France. It boasts a sunnier climate than southern Britain, particularly during the summer months. The abundance of sun, sea and fresh air makes Jersey popular with tourists, as well as the local population and those who qualify to purchase a property on the island.
To meet challenging client requirements, Levolux developed six different types of balcony for the development. The shape and size of balconies supplied by Levolux vary considerably, from rectangular, to more irregular trapezoidal shapes and larger ‘L-shaped’ balconies that extend along two elevations.
Unlike conventional balcony designs, which use standard components, which are assembled during installation on site, Levolux’s ‘bolt-on’ balconies are formed from custom components and are fully assembled at their premises prior to installation.
For the Westmount development, Levolux attended site at an early stage to fit the first-fix ‘stub’ brackets on to ‘cast-in’ fixings that had been incorporated into the building’s core concrete structure. The brackets were precisely engineered and aligned by Levolux in readiness for the balconies to be fitted after the cladding was in place.
The process used by Levolux to install fully assembled balconies is surprisingly simple and extremely efficient.
Each balcony was craned into position and temporarily rested on a positioning ledge incorporated into each ‘stub’ bracket. The ledge was designed to allow the brackets and corresponding fixing holes to be quickly aligned, before being secured onto the building.
Each complete balcony comprises high quality components that combine perfectly to deliver the best possible results. A steel frame provides the base, which is then complemented by composite decking and soffit panels. Each pre-assembled balcony is finished off with toughened glass balustrading and extruded aluminium handrails.
The dual-purpose front facia component is also formed from extruded aluminium, rather than folded aluminium. The custom extrusion not only provides an attractive external aesthetic, but also serves as the glass carrier for each balcony, ensuring perfect alignment and a low-profile finish.
Expanding on its market leading solar shading and screening solutions, Levolux has made a considerable capital investment to create a ‘Balcony Assembly Centre’ at its Gloucester site. The dedicated facility is equipped with specialist lifting and handling equipment, supplemented by testing facilities.
Renowned for its unwavering commitment to quality engineering and innovation, Levolux now has greater capacity to offer large-scale, custom balcony and balustrading solutions. This includes managing the design, fabrication and testing on its own premises, before handling delivery and installation on site.
Each balcony and balustrading solution is carefully engineered and costed to suit individual requirements, with custom components giving incredible choice, not only considering materials, sizes and finishes but also allowing for site access and lifting constraints.
For complete peace of mind, all balcony and balustrading systems are rigorously tested to ensure they meet Part K of the Building Regulations, in addition to satisfying project specific requirements.