Sapphire Balconies have installed 84 offsite-manufactured balconies to the Riverwell development in Watford.
The full Riverwell development has transformed 70 acres of formerly contaminated industrial land into a vibrant and rejuvenated community.
When completed, the redevelopment area will include 750 residential units, office, leisure and retail space. The family-friendly project on the banks of the River Colne has access to 4.5 acres of green open space.
Time constraints were a major challenge for this project and all trades needed to work efficiently to keep to the schedule. To keep the programme running smoothly the balconies needed to be ready to be delivered to site on time and installed quickly without delay.
Thanks to Sapphire’s Rigid.Ready.Right. brand promise all 84 balconies were manufactured and securely stored ready to be called to site according to the project’s needs.
Once the site was ready to receive the balconies they were loaded onto Sapphire lorries and transported to site. From there the Glide-On™ system meant the balconies were installed quickly and easily, preventing costly delays associated with traditional bolt-on balcony systems.
While incorrectly positioned anchors would cause significant delays with traditional balcony systems, Sapphire’s innovative Glide-On™ Cassette® system allows for a tolerance of up to +/- 20mm. This meant the balconies could be fitted correctly first time without the need for difficult on-site adjustments.
The scheme used cast-in Shoeck anchors to provide a thermal break. Sapphire’s arms connected directly to these, taking the bracket from the thermal break within the cavity to outside of the finished façade.
Cassette® balconies were prefinished offsite, including the balustrades, decking & soffits.
Cassette® balconies were transported with balconies ‘nested’ onto each pallet making transport both cost effective & safe. Balconies were pre-slung offsite ready for installation upon arrival.
Once lifted into position, the Cassettes® simply Glide-On™ to the pre-erected support arms, before completing the simple mechanical fixings.
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