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Curl La Tourelle Architects
B10 and B20 handrail systems
The Oasis Academy Arena specialises in sports and science for 11-16 year olds, and is part of Croydon's Olympic legacy. Designed by Curl la Tourelle Architects, it is sponsored by Oasis Community Learning who has a proud track record of managing Ofsted Outstanding schools across the country. This track record set a high benchmark for an outstanding facility to deliver exceptional results.
With the balustrade forming an integral part of the building in the central voids and stair cores, the school required an attractive yet durable finished product to complement the high-quality building. This meant that the balustrade fixing details needed to be structurally verified to ensure the necessary loadings could be achieved without negative implications on trade interfaces and budget requirements.
BA Systems was appointed by Willmott Dixon to provide a balustrade solution to the stair cores and voids.
The B20 stainless steel post and glass infill balustrade system was chosen for all areas of the building. In order to meet the necessary 1.5 kN/m balustrade loading in the void area, BA's design team value-engineered the architect's fixing solution. At this early design stage the proposal was made to change from a side fix post-mounted on a large steel angle to a surface-mount solution with an extended internal steel spigot and gusset support.
On the stair cores, the B20 balustrade system was side fixed to the edge of the concrete stringer using the 2-point post fixing system. The 42mm diameter B10 stainless steel handrails were used to complement the balustrade handrails.