Glide-On Brackets / Connections Overview
The first part of an ideal balcony solution is a rigid connection back to the building. This section has a range of common solutions for your from cast-in balcony anchors to post-fixed.
The balcony anchors and connection back to the building, whilst unseen, is structurally the most important element.
Get it right and you can achieve a rigid balcony, get it wrong though, and the balcony could feel ‘bouncy’, corrode quicker, perform poor thermally, or worst of all; could be a safety risk.
Whilst the most common balcony connection is the cast in brackets, which offer a host of benefits, other projects may not have a RC frame, etc. In this section are a number of solutions for the common applications in the market place. All are designed to outperform the L/180 structural requirements, include thermal breaks, and can be used with, or without stub brackets.
Watch this video to see how on the Extra Care scheme at Green Park Village, Reading (A Berkeley Group development), the cast in balcony anchors have had arms fitted afterwards and are now ready for the glide-on balconies short flight across the site and into these areas. Note the complexity of some of these shaped balconies.