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Caesar Court (formerly Sampson Court)

Client:   Denne (now part of Bouygues)

Contractor:   Denne (now part of Bouygues)

Architect:   Quattro Design

Location:   Deal, Kent

Balconies:   45

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Challenge

Caesar Court (formerly Sampson Court) was a care home located near the Kent coast in Deal. Due to its proximity to the sea special consideration had to be made regarding material choice and its resistance to corrosion. The discovery of an Anglo-Saxon build during construction also required extra care be taken on site.

In addition to the project location the use of the project was also a key consideration during the balcony design. As the residents would be occupied by elderly and disabled people the balconies needed to be designed and installed in a way that suited the residents’ specific needs.

Solution

To resist corrosion caused by the project’s proximity to the sea a 316 grade marine stainless steel was chosen for the toprails and powder coated aluminium for the soffits and balcony structure.

The doorsill interface also had to be taken into consideration to ensure a level threshold and allow for easy access for elderly residents and wheelchair users. The balconies were also designed with large projections to enable wheelchair users to complete a full 360° and make proper use of their balconies as required by lifetime homes criteria.

Installation Process

Step 1: Post-fix anchors were fixed to the precast slab.

Step 2: Cassette® balconies were prefinished offsite, including the balustrades, decking & soffits.

Step 3: Cassette® balconies were transported with balconies ‘nested’ onto each pallet making transport both cost effective & safe. Balconies were pre-slung offsite ready for installation upon arrival.

Step 4: Once lifted into position, the Cassettes® simply Glide-On™ to the pre-erected support arms, before completing the simple mechanical fixings.

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