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Sapphire's committment to speed through innovation

It’s an April Fools Day video, intended as a light hearted, fun way to show how Sapphire’s innovations address the major industry issue of increased demand versus a skill and labour shortage. Whilst the 3D printed balcony technology isn’t yet a reality, below are a few examples of where our innovations have enabled dramatic reduction in site labour and increased throughput. These are the genuine case studies which demonstrate how our patented Glide-On Cassette® system has truly made a difference.

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Pomona Wharf Installation

With exceeding balcony install expectations in mind, Sapphire working with a Scottish balcony install partner, set a challenge to install more than Sapphire’s long-standing record of 22 balconies in one day. Having hit this with 23 at Pomona Wharf earlier in June, a further 34 balconies were installed in just 6 hours and 13 minutes of balcony installation time on 15th June 2017. That’s an amazing install average of just 10.9 minutes per balcony all day long. Testament to Sapphire’s unique and patented Glide-On™ Cassette® balcony systems, which enables install of fully assembled balconies in rapid times and with improved safety from the traditional bolt-on balcony approach.

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Wembley Alto Installation

Part of a winning team at Wembley’s new Alto development, Sapphire has once again won praise for its balcony design and unrivalled ‘end to end’ service. Over 370 balconies were installed to luxury apartments at an impressive rate of up to 30 a day using Sapphire’s offsite-manufactured Cassette® balcony concept. The company’s patented system, combined with its innovative glide-on connectors, enables a rapid and rigid connection back to the building that outperforms L/180 structural deflection limits and includes thermal breaks.

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Woodberry Grove 1B Installation

This is a recent Berkeley Homes project where Sapphire once again managed to install an entire project’s balconies on the same day. The video shows how all balconies were delivered, offloaded, installed and fixed down in a very short amount of time using just one crane. You can read more about the project here.

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Staines Road Installation

Staines Road was our very first install using Glide-On Cassette® balconies. Sapphire achieved a record-breaking install where the entire project of 22 fully assembled Cassette® Balconies were installed in just 6 hours. All balconies were delivered to site on the day of install preassembled complete with soffits and glazing. Read more about the Staines Road, Bedfont installation here