During the installation of internal staircases at Colesbury, Kevala Stairs was asked to design these outside galleries and curved Juliette balcony.
Our designers were inspired by the sweeping shape of the wall beneath the first-floor balcony, resulting in the production of this elegant, flowing first-floor glass and stainless steel gallery.
One difficulty which we had to overcome was that the architect had chosen an angled coping stone on the edges of the wall. We met this challenge by designing and producing special metal brackets. These had to be tested by a structural engineer proving that the balustrade would withstand lateral forces and comply with Building Regulations and British Standards.
Brackets were inserted into the wall cavity allowing us to securely anchor steel newel posts. The coping stone was then drilled and laid (by others). Toughened and laminated glass panels were fitted, together with a curved stainless steel handrail.
In contrast, the second floor gallery is straight and mounted into a stainless steel faced channel. As there are no newel posts this creates a visually attractive continuous glass gallery allowing residents to enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding gardens. These same principles were applied to the design of a curved Juliette balcony which follows the radius of the external wall and is fitted with six stainless steel brushed fixings.