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Ash House, Staines

Contractor: ISG PLC
Location: Staines
Balconies: 34 Cassettes® and 7 Juliet Balconies
Value: £356k

Challenge

A regeneration project which saw an old office block converted into 41 residential apartments. Unlike a new build, it was not able for brackets to be cast in because there was an existing slab and façade. This project also included a very narrow balcony projection and anodised fascias and soffits.

Solution

Sapphire used post-fixed brackets which were fixed through the existing slab. Specialist lifting equipment was also used to ensure the safe handling and install of balconies. For the fascias and soffits, a special aluminium grade was used, giving more consistency for anodising.

Installation process

Step 1: Post-fixed brackets were fixed through the existing slab. These were the back filled with grout to ensure voids didn’t effect the structural performance.

Step 2: The balconies were manufactured at production facility in Winchester, where they were stored until required on-site.

Step 3: As the balconies were relatively narrow, they were transported to site sitting in pairs side by side to minimise transport movements.

Step 4: Using specialist lifting equipment ensured safe handling of the final installation. Tree close to the building meant that the lifting operations were very tricky, so very long chains had to be used from the counter balance.

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