Spectacular sweeping curved glass balconies, supplied and installed
by Balcony Systems, provided the bespoke balustrading solution for the
multi-million pound Gloucestershire dream home of one of Britain's
Spread over seven levels, the 2,800 sq. meter futuristic, high-tech
property is a fabulous fusion of glass, stone and metal roofing
incorporating several self-contained apartments, a swimming pool, winter
garden and viewing tower.
The former dairy farm site, near Wotton-under-Edge, also contains a
second smaller property reflecting Swinhay House's contemporary style
and materials. Both buildings use more than 45 meters of Balcony's
elegant balustrading system, which was specified to meet the projects'
complex design and aesthetic requirements.
As the system relies on the handrail for the necessary strength, the
glass balustrades require minimum vertical supports to provide
uninterrupted views of Swinhay's formal gardens, parkland and
countryside beyond. Curved and straight 10mm toughened glass panels
blend seamlessly and stylishly with the mansion's extensive glazed
elements for maximum visual appeal.
An exciting project, it presented some interesting challenges as Effi
Wolff, Balcony's Managing Director, pointed out: "All the balconies
were highly unusual shapes in combinations of convex and concave curves,
slopes and cut out of stone work to follow the building's unique shapes
and changing levels. Not one balcony had a 90 degree corner in it!"
Glass balconies with curves of 15 meters or more are achievable
without the need for posts - offering endless design opportunities. This
is due to the inherent strength of the curve - or arch as seen
horizontally - combining even greater support with the handrail to give
Structural work was project-managed by Swinhay Developments Ltd whose Managing Director
Iain McMurtry praised the versatility of the Balcony system in
delivering a highly-effective curved and straight balcony solution for
"An initial inquiry for two curved glass balconies on the smaller
estate house led us to specify the Balcony System for four balconies on
Swinhay House," he explained. "We wanted glazed and anodised aluminium
balconies and Balcony fitted the bill with a bronze handrail to match
the colour scheme. Assistance with surveys and technical design was
backed up with excellent service. The whole installation went very
"From an installation and contracting perspective, the Balcony system
'ticks all the boxes'. More cost-effective and simpler to install than a
traditional glass balustrade, it performs very well. I am very pleased
with the finished product which convincingly achieves the look of a much
more expensive system," added Iain.