Sapphire’s innovative balcony solutions have a starring role in the transformation of a number of disused office buildings’ into apartments following the relaxed ‘change of use’ planning requirements – part of the Government’s strategy to build homes on brownfield sites.
Ash House is one of these which included converting former offices into 41 apartments in the Surrey town of Staines-upon-Thames. The conversion and renovation of Ash House has created luxury living space over five storeys in a prime location close to mainline rail connections and local amenities.
Sapphire supplied 34 offsite-manufactured projecting balconies as well as some Juliette balconies.
The projecting balconies to larger apartments at Ash House were manufactured in an offsite production facility while balcony connections and associated works by other trades were completed on site. Individual balconies were delivered as pre-assembled units, complete with glass balustrades and composite decking, ready to install. Once craned into position, the balcony units simply glide on to pre-erected connection brackets.
To maintain symmetry across the façade of Ash House, balustrades for both projecting and Juliette balconies were manufactured from Sapphire’s Crystal frameless structural glass system. With no uprights to impede views, the clear toughened and laminated glass panels deliver a high-end result that combines visual appeal with durability. The elegant effect is enhanced by the use of a bronze anodised aluminium capping to the balustrades and an aluminium fascia in the same finish to conceal glass fixings.
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