The word balustrades, according to the OED, originates from the Italian ‘balaustra’, or pomegranate flower. This is because each baluster would, originally, resemble the vase-like shape of the half-open flower. Read More

Natural and cast stone balustrades in these shapes are still used to surround grand staircases, balconies and patios.

Modern balustrade systems for stairs, walkways, landings and decking give a choice of materials such as timber , stainless steel , aluminium , brass and wrought or cast iron .

Some systems incorporate toughened glass panels or wire infills. Structural glass can be used to avoid conspicuous balusters, creating a streamlined appearance.

Each balustrade can be tailored to complement the building’s aesthetic, and each needs to meet structural demands, such as the specific loading requirements for its intended use.

Handrails are found in a separate section on this website.

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Balustrades - helping you find the best solution for your project.

  • Kee Safety: Kee Modules - structurally mounted roof edge protection
    Kee Modules - structurally mounted roof edge protection
    Kee Safety
    Kee Modules are a range of pre-designed upright modules to enable the quick specification and installation of structurally mounted roof edge protection. The standard configurations offer side fixing, top fixing or a fitting...
  • M & G Olympic Products: Handrails and cladding - The Tank Museum, Bovington
    Handrails and cladding - The Tank Museum, Bovington
    M & G Olympic Products
    M&G Olympic Products produced and installed handrails and decorative infill panels for walkways, balustrades, stairways and cladding at the observation tower at The Tank Museum, Bovington. The cladding consisted of...
  • BA Systems: Frameless glass balustrades for residential development
    Frameless glass balustrades for residential development
    BA Systems
    Due for completion in 2021, Lewisham Gateway is a large residential regeneration scheme in south-east London that will provide around 900 new homes. BA Systems was contracted to provide glass balustrades to the concrete...
  • BA Systems: Balustrading for Gatwick Diamond office development
    Balustrading for Gatwick Diamond office development
    BA Systems
    BA Systems was commissioned by Willmott Dixon to provide balustrade solutions to the main void and 4 stair cores of Gatwick Diamond, a Surrey County Council office development that has been built to generate a revenue stream...
  • Elefant Gratings: Type SP steel balustrade infill
    Type SP steel balustrade infill
    Elefant Gratings
    Elefant Gratings offers Type SP gratings which are suitable for use as balustrade infills.
  • BA Systems: Seamless glass balustrade for museum refurbishment
    Seamless glass balustrade for museum refurbishment
    BA Systems
    The National Army Museum in Chelsea opened again to the public in 2017 after it underwent a major refurbishment over three years at a cost of £23.75m. The refurbishment was designed to open up and extend the museum...
  • BA Systems: Balustrading for Paddington Exchange apartments
    Balustrading for Paddington Exchange apartments
    BA Systems
    BA Systems supplied balustrading to the inset balconies, terraces and stair cores of Taylor Wimpey's Paddington Exchange apartment development in London. The building was designed to create maximum light and the architect's...
  • Corden Group: Tube Clamp balustrade fittings
    Tube Clamp balustrade fittings
    Corden Group
    Corden Perimeter Systems' range of Tube Clamp fittings is extremely comprehensive allowing a wide variety of applications to be accommodated: roof edge protection, handrails, safety barriers, awnings, exhibition stands,...
  • BA Systems: Modern handrail systems selected for new business hub
    Modern handrail systems selected for new business hub
    BA Systems
    Contemporary stair and balcony handrail systems, including a minimalist frameless glass balustrade system were selected for the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, the newest business hub within the Nar Ouse regeneration area. At...
  • BA Systems: Balustrades, screens and handrails for London apartments
    Balustrades, screens and handrails for London apartments
    BA Systems
    Geron Way in London is a residential development site consisting of 230 apartments across three blocks of five and six storeys. Hunters Architects required a clean, contemporary glass system for the project's balconies and...
  • Lang+Fulton: Italia louvred balustrades and balconies
    Italia louvred balustrades and balconies
    Lang+Fulton
    Balustrades and balconies: steel grating panels are supplied framed to custom-sizes with bracket fixings or holed for bolting into a secondary framework. Panels can be designed to accept horizontal loadings for pedestrian...
  • Architectural Street Furnishings: Glass balustrade for terracing at Bradford Library
    Glass balustrade for terracing at Bradford Library
    Architectural Street Furnishings
    ASF was asked to provide glass balustrading to newly refurbished areas of terracing at Bradford Library. Once all of the construction was completed, a full site survey was undertaken and drawings supplied for approval.
  • BA Systems: Balustrading gives apartment block a natural feel
    Balustrading gives apartment block a natural feel
    BA Systems
    The Atrium Building, part of a £3.7 billion development of Canning Town and Custom House, provides 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The design intent was to create a space that was natural in appearance with the use of wood...
  • BA Systems: Balustrades maximise light at central London apartments
    Balustrades maximise light at central London apartments
    BA Systems
    BA Systems was contracted by Bouygues UK to deliver balustrade solutions to the inset balconies, terraces and stair cores on the prestigious Paddington Exchange development. B30 and B40 frameless balustrade systems ensure...
  • BA Systems: Frameless glass balustrades for modern upper penthouses
    Frameless glass balustrades for modern upper penthouses
    BA Systems
    A contemporary twist to traditional architecture. Frameless glass balustrades with stainless steel detailing were used to create a crisp, modern look to the upper penthouses at 73 Great Peter Street, site of former...
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