Glide-On Cassette balconies being able to be installed far more rapidly than the industry average. For example, 36 Glide-On Cassette balconies installed in just over 6 hours compared to 4-6 in a day. With this ability, the constraint becomes how fast they can be delivered to site. Balcony transport & logistics is therefore essential.
To avoid supply of balconies from becoming an issue, Sapphire manufacture all balconies offsite. These are made ahead of time, moving into vast storage facilities so that not everything is dependent on being made just in time.
We believe that it is essential to get goods to site in a pristine condition, safely and ready to be efficiently offloaded with minimum risk of damage or safety issues. That’s why we have invested in a number of our own trailers specially adapted so that they can allow double stacking and so that guardrails are pre-fitted ready for safe offload. We also attach certified slings at point of dispatch so that site can quickly offload them without having to climb onto each of the balconies.
Once fully assembled and correct, we move our balconies from our production facilities into third partly logistics hubs where they are stored until they need to be transported to site. Prior to a dispatch being made we look at how we can best possible stack or nest the balconies to minimise lorry movement and therefore emissions, carbon footprint and balcony transport costs.
For some projects, small quantities of balconies may be required ahead or behind the main bulk, so on these occasions smaller or Hiab lorries may be used. For example marketing suites may have a single balcony delivered on a Hiab which can also install it direct from the lorry trailer bed.