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.
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.