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Architect: Powell Dobson
B30; B40 balustrade systems
Paddington Exchange, designed by Powell Dobson Architects and Assael Architecture, was designed to ensure that the maximum light reached these Central London apartments.
With the balustrade being an integral part of the architectural vision, this BIM Level 2 project presented a number of initial design challenges.
- The handrail for the vertical bar balustrade needed to be fixed behind the brick-slip facade to achieve the necessary balustrade loading.
- The balustrade to some of the terraces had to be fixed to a very small 100mm-wide concrete upstand.
- There was to be a phased project handover creating programme challenges.
BA Systems was contracted by Bouygues UK to deliver balustrade solutions to the inset balconies, terraces and stair cores on this prestigious development.
For the inset balconies and terraces, where glass balustrading was required, the B40 frameless balustrade product was proposed. To accommodate varying upstand heights, two fixing details were designed.
On the terrace areas where the parapet wall provided a fixing surface, the boss fixing option was utilised. Where the fixing details had to be concealed beneath the finished floor level, the BA Systems design team developed a galvanised steel bracket to offset the ICE 1 channel from the upstand.
To complement the brick facade, a vertical bar balustrade was required for some inset balconies. BA Systems proposed the B30 frame and infill balustrade. In order to create a sturdy solution that met loading regulations, the BA Systems design team developed 2 bespoke fixing options for the balustrade. In some areas there was only a 100mm-wide upstand to fix to, so a bespoke ‘stepped’ steel post was developed. In other areas, a bespoke steel plate was used to fix the B30 handrail through the brick-slip facade into the steel windpost.