Balcony’s balustrading transforms Weymouth apartments
Dave Lane Carpentry
A 1960s apartment building overlooking the sea at Weymouth has been given a smart new contemporary appearance using more than 45 metres of clear glass balustrading supplied by Balcony Systems.
The new balconies on eight apartments at Dolphin Court replaced the original timber ones, which had rotten wooden frames and were in a dangerous condition. At only 90cm high, they also contravened current Building Regulations and were well past their good days.
Before Illegal Balustrades at 900mm high
Having discussed several options, residents at the privately-owned complex contacted Balcony Systems for a quote. Despite this being a relatively small project, Balcony were very happy to quote for the job and subsequently put the residents in touch with local installer David Lane.
The Balcony 2 system with a Silver anodised aerofoil-shaped handrail was specified for the two different sizes of balconies on the building, which has far-reaching views over Portland Harbour. Due to the coastal location, all the toughened glass panels were supplied with Balcony’s BalcoNano® self-cleaning glass coating that repels water faster and reduces cleaning cycles.
Removal of the old structures and installation of the new 1.10m balconies was straightforward for David, who has previous experience of fitting Balcony’s products. The whole project was completed in October 2014.
David commented: “The whole system is simple to fit and the glass is a manageable size so I can do the job single-handed, which is a bonus. Feedback from the residents has been very positive and everyone is happy.”
He added: “Unlike their old balconies that used posts and clamps to secure the glass, the residents can now fully enjoy the views without any obstructions. The new balconies look fabulous and really enhance the exterior of their homes.”