Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
South East England
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R G Carter
B20 stair and balcony handrail system; B40 Frameless Glass balustrade with stainless steel slotted handrail
King’s Lynn Innovation Centre has provided a contemporary look to the newest business hub within the Nar Ouse regeneration area.
The business centre is operated by the enterprise agency, NWES. NWES aims to provide local business support services including mentoring, one-to-one advice, workshops and financial support.
The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre provides West Norfolk with modern office space and conference suites. The centre is designed to empower business professionals and allow them to network and engage to enable economic growth in the King’s Lynn region.
At the early stage, the structure of the building presented challenges for the balustrade installation:
Following significant pre-contract design development, BA Systems were appointed by RG Carter to provide balustrade solutions.
The versatile stair and balcony handrail B20 system, with stainless steel posts and wire infills, was proposed for the internal voids and stair cores. To maintain the necessary 0.74kN/m loading in the walkway voids, the BA Systems technical team had to design a steel fixing plate. This plate was then welded onto the steel beam below the composite floor deck at an early stage so that once the wall finish had been applied, the 2-point balustrade post fixing could be installed.
RG Carter chose the minimalist B40 Frameless Glass balustrade with a stainless steel slotted handrail for the internal and external balconies to the main void area. In order to elevate the ICE1 balustrade channel off the steel beam, a steel box section was designed for the channel to be fixed to. This ensured that the top of the balustrade channel finished just above floor level. 21.5mm toughened and laminated clear glass was used to meet the specified 1.5kN/m walkway loading in this central area.
At execution stage, the Site Surveyor and Project Manager worked closely with the RG Carter site team to ensure that BA Systems balustrade works were synchronised with the surrounding trades. This was particularly important for the internal voids, where the early installation of the steel plates had a small window of installation time.