Stoneywood Estate

The multi award-winning Stoneywood Estate, near Aberdeen, provides a diverse range of high quality homes, with a host of impressive features including glass balustrading provided by Levolux.

Levolux was approached to design, manufacture and install glass balustrading for several buildings in Waterton Mews and Forbes Place. The buildings range in height, from two-storey houses, to six-storey apartment blocks.

The glass balustrading, which has been fitted to balconies and in communal areas, comprises four common components. Prior to installation, each balcony frame, which is formed from steel, is pre-fitted by Levolux with steel brackets at slab level.

Once the balcony frames are lifted into position, Levolux attended site to install an extruded aluminium channel onto the edge of each balcony. The extruded aluminium profile is fitted with soft and hard gaskets, allowing glass panels to be clamped securely into position. This method eliminates the need for mechanical fixings or a separate facia panel, which is both cost effective and creates a clean, uncompromised appearance.

15mm and 19mm thick toughened glass was used, with polished edges. For increased durability the glass was heat soaked for four hours. The glass balustrading, which stands 1.2 metres in height, is tailored to fit all balconies, with lengths of up to 2.5 metres. Levolux also supplied several longer sections of glass balustrading, extending up to 20 metres, which fit into a concrete channel alongside low-level walkways.

The glass balustrading is topped off with a tubular, extruded aluminium handrail. The 60mm diameter handrail was designed for the project and features a custom profile, with an integral channel. A gasket is fitted into the channel, allowing the handrail to fit snuggly onto the glass panels, creating a continuous, secure handrail.

All aluminium components supplied by Levolux, including the glass retaining channel and handrail, have been given a natural anodised finish, for long-lasting good looks.