Toughened Structural Glass Balustrade

Based around the concept of free-standing frameless balustrades Laidlaw’s structural glass balustrade system does not require separate uprights and infill panels. This means that there are no gaps through which a child could squeeze and it cannot be easily climbed making it a very safe option. The toughened glass panels also allow the system to be used for glass balconies.



Components

This system uses the toughened glass balustrade as the structural element which supports the top rail. The top
handrail can be made of solid timber or stainless steel. In both cases the top rail has a groove, which the glass balustrades is glued into. At the base of the system the glass is clamped between steel sections. These steel sections are bolted to the floor structure following the principles set out in Annex B of BS 6180 on free-standing toughened glass balustrades.
Structural stability

The glass balustrade system can be designed to meet even the most demanding horizontal U.D. line loading
requirements set out in Table 4 of BS 6399-1. The horizontal load capability depends on the thickness of the glass.

Durability

The Laidlaw structural glass balustrades system is suitable for both internal and external use.
Touch characteristics

Although stainless steel has a greater durability than timber when used externally, the timber alternative would feel less cold to touch in very cold winter conditions. According to clause 5.10.1 of BS 8300, wooden handrails                 are preferred in these circumstances.



Visual clarity

A key issue for people with impaired vision is the appreciation of the borders of the space through which they need to walk. On the access routes of public buildings, therefore, the use of tinted glass or manifestation on balustrades will give visually impaired people a greater feeling of security.
As with traditional glass infill panels, the structural toughened glass balustrades can be tinted grey, bronze, green or blue, or receive manifestation in the form of acid etching or an applied emblem or logo.
Health and safety

In buildings likely to be used by children, safety on staircases and landings is paramount. Approved Document K includes guidance designed to minimise the risk that small children will become trapped, for example between the bars of the balustrades, or will have a
serious accident as a result of climbing the balustrades. The fact that the Laidlaw structural glass balustrade system has no gaps and is extremely difficult to climb is a major benefit.
Anti-ligature

Structural glass balustrades are particularly suitable for buildings where it is necessary to avoid all likely
ligature points, e.g. for prisons and mental health institutions, in which the Laidlaw range of Anti-ligature architectural ironmongery is appropriate.

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