SCORING A DOUBLE AT STONEYWOOD ESTATE July 2014
Designed and developed by Dandara, the Stoneywood Estate covers an area of 86 acres and comprises a residential led mixed-use development which is divided into several communities.
Two of the most significant communities on the estate are known as Waterton Mews and Forbes Place. These two neighbouring developments provide a range of detached homes, townhouses and apartments, which benefit from flexible accommodation, full-height glazing and generous balconies.
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 fascia 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.
The Stoneywood Estate was earmarked for residential development in 2011, with the potential for more than 500 contemporary new homes. Designed to be low maintenance and energy efficient, the completed homes also benefit from Levolux’s glass balustrading, ensuring residents and visitors can take in the great outdoors, right from their doorstep.