Sapphire’s offsite modular balconies and superior support have provided the perfect solution for the demanding specification and construction schedule at Lillie Square, one of the largest and most high profile residential developments in London.
Working in partnership with the project’s façade contractor, Colorminium, Sapphire designed and manufactured 129 projecting balconies using its innovative Glide-On™ Cassette® technology. Once the façade was complete, the bespoke balcony cassettes (the frame structure and glass balustrade) were delivered to site, preassembled and factory-finished, ready to be lifted into position and simply glided onto the pre-installed brackets.
Located in fashionable Fulham, Lillie Square is a prestigious phased development offering a range of stylish apartments set around a new garden square with panoramic views over Central London. The project showcases Sapphire’s industry-leading ‘Supply and Support’ package for the UK’s top residential developers and contractors. Based on its experience of working with many teams, Sapphire’s project support includes installer training and loaning of certified and maintained specialist equipment like door guarding systems and Counter Balance Lifter (CBL). Specially developed by Sapphire, CBL offsets the crane hook by using weights to balance the balcony. This enables a wide range of install sequences, including top down installation, for maximum programme flexibility.
Structural glass balustrades for balconies at Lillie Square were specified to exceptionally high tolerances. In order to meet the client’s exacting requirements, Sapphire used heat strengthened laminated glass in a secure wedge system. This ensures optimum rigidity and minimises issues with Nickel Sulphide Inclusion, which can create spontaneousfractures, causing panel failure. The custom-built specification also features a special gold-effect powder coating to balcony soffits, adding both aesthetic appeal and durability.
Commenting on the successful completion of balconies for Lillie Square, Nick Haughton, Sapphire’s Head of Marketing, says: “As an experienced supply and support partner to residential balcony projects, Sapphire can provide a proven combination of innovative, quality-tested products, specialist expertise and equipment. Whether balconies are being fitted by the façade contractor or any other team, we offer advice and support throughout the project, while developers and contractors get the convenience of just one main point of contact on site. Our unrivalled service and support ensures that your balconies are always Rigid, Ready and Right, and give installers the ability to achieve a Rapid install on site.”