Sapphire Balustrades through-the-project service contributed to the success of a substantial balustrade project for Botanic House, a new landmark commercial development in Cambridge.
Sapphire manufactured bespoke balustrades based on its Onyx stainless steel system for core stairwells in the seven-storey office building. Sapphires end-to-end support, from design and manufacture through to installation, helped keep the multi-million pound construction project on schedule, says the Project Manager for main contractor, Morgan Sindall. He comments: Having reliable supply partners like Sapphire Balustrades is critical to achieving on-time completion, particularly on large commercial contracts like Botanic House. Sapphires comprehensive service package, including a detailed site survey, ensured the balustrade installation ran smoothly with no snagging issues to delay the site programme.
Built by Morgan Sindall for Pace Developments, the distinctive lens-shaped Botanic House, so called because it enjoys stunning views of Cambridge Universitys Botanic Garden, offers around 4,000 sq m of high quality office accommodation close to the city centre. Constructed around a concrete frame the building features full height glazing on the north elevation, creating a striking visual effect on the Cambridge skyline.
The contemporary lines of the new buildings exterior are continued inside Botanic House. Sapphires versatile Onyx range, which offers design elements that can be mixed and matched, provided a smart solution for balustrades to the buildings two main stairways and landings. Onyx 50mm tubular balusters (uprights) in satin polished stainless steel were combined with a 50mm European Oak hardwood handrail with a clear lacquered finish from Sapphires Natura range. Horizontal midrails, manufactured to match the balusters, were selected from a choice of infill options to complete the balustrades. As well as satisfying the aesthetic specification, stairway balustrades for Botanic House were designed by Sapphire to meet functional and legislative requirements, ensuring a solution that is safe, fit for purpose, and will retain its good looks with minimal maintenance.
Summing up, Morgan Sindalls Project Manager, says: We received excellent feedback from our client about Sapphires products and service for Botanic House and I would have no hesitation in working with Sapphire again or recommending them to others.
As well as having one of the most comprehensive product ranges available, Sapphire Balustrades prides itself on providing concept to completion assistance to architects, developers, and building professionals. The companys unrivalled support package includes a comprehensive library of CAD details and NBS information, SES (Structural Evaluation System), and OSQA (Onsite Safety and Quality Assurance) through every stage of installation and approval. All Sapphire Balustrades' standard range products are offered with a unique 12 year warranty.
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