Although a lot more elegant, Glide-On™ Cassette® balconies are like a forklift lifting a pallet, it’s that simple.
What are cantilever/projecting balconies?
Projecting balconies, often known as ‘cantilever balconies’, are essentially platforms added to a building which cantilever off of the main building structure and allow residents to step out onto a platform protected by a perimeter balustrade.
Traditionally the choices were; steel framed bolt-on balconies or concrete balconies. Sapphire’s Rapidly installed, Rigid Glide-On balconies have fast saturated the market place as the balcony of choice.
What are Glide-On balconies?
Because of their simplistic yet innovative approach, Glide-on balconies are rapidly replacing traditional steel bolt-on balconies.
The first part is the bracketry which can be chosen from a range of cast-in or post-fixed brackets to enable the connection to the main building structure or floor slab, each with steel arms protruding from the façade. The balcony Cassette® (the frame structure and balustrade) is a deck made with oversized holes to receive the steel arms when the Cassette® is craned into position. Each Cassette® is delivered preassembled and factory finished to a high-quality standard with minimal on-site finishing.
Offsite manufacturing avoids the hassle of coordinating multiple trades and site storage of materials as balconies are stored offsite preassembled and delivered when required.
Aluminium Cassette® balcony decks are approximately half the weight of steel which can reduce the number of brackets required to connect back to the main structure. This reduces the number of façade penetrations reducing the risk of cold bridging, damp etc. which bring both additional costs and hassle.
Sapphire’s glide-on balcony concept is so simple and yet very clever. It provides a really fast and flexible solution for this type of high-rise residential development
Design Coordinator – Bouygues UK
With Sapphire you get a complete offsite manufactured balcony that can be installed with very little fuss.
Berkeley Group at Royal Arsenal
Having experienced the many benefits of Sapphire Cassette® balconies at Green Man Lane, we shan’t be going back to the old way!
Construction Manager – Rydon Construction
Sapphire balcony’s are an excellent design, resulting in high quality and rapid installation.
Project Manager – Durkan Limited
Your balconies were great from a design point of view and your team were all very helpful.
Technical Manager – Bellway