Structural glass balconies add minimalist style to £8m Clapham development

Neaco’s structural glass balconies are adding beautiful minimalist looks in keeping with the impressive contemporary design of Oakapple Group’s £8m mixed-use development in the centre of Clapham.

Designed by Harris Architects, the scheme comprises 10,000 sq ft of grade A commercial space and 40 luxury apartments across six levels, with communal external terraces on upper floors. The site’s original office property was occupied by Kone PLC and then acquired by Oakapple following development of a new Northern Regional Office for Kone. It occupied only a small part of the site and Oakapple identified the opportunity to add value by pursuing a comprehensive redevelopment. Following the demolition of the building, contractors Marbank Construction built the five-story complex with basement. The new office space is now occupied by Kone PLC.

With a choice of glass-fronted designs, Neaco’s Clearview balcony range is renowned for its superior contemporary visual appeal and the free-standing structural glass option offers the ultimate in minimalist style with no supporting stanchions required. This high-aesthetic solution combines smooth, clean lines with maximum visibility and the durability to cope with the most demanding environmental conditions.  Continuous glass is toughened in accordance with BS EN12600 class 1 and fixed in place by aluminium floor channels with integrated rubber seals which insulate the glass and eliminate the need for the more traditional messy mastic detail. The glass is capped by an aluminium top rail which is warm and comfortable to the touch with a nylon coated finish available in a choice of solid or metallic colours. The system is available with a choice of durable aluminium decking profiles which provide a contact area of between 74% and 100% on the balcony surface, yet drain water quickly and efficiently.

Neaco’s structural glass can be supplied as clear or tinted grey, bronze, green or blue with the option of acid etching or an applied emblem/logo. The range also includes a low Iron glass option offering a noticeably clearer panel than the inherent green cast of standard clear float glass used in balustrade applications.