Railing system specialist Q-railing offer architects and developers fire-rated glass balustrade options for residential buildings.
Q-railing are global innovators in the field of railing systems, providing complete solutions that are instantly recognisable for their quality, unique design and excellent performance. An international team is constantly striving to create the safest and most stylish balustrades in glass, steel and aluminium along with, handrails and accessories to suit.
With offices all around the world, including here in the UK, they are known as the benchmark and market leaders in their sector. This innovation and forward thinking was extremely beneficial when the changes were made to Approved Document B in December 2018.
Architects and developers were facing a major issue, and the industry had to find alternatives to glass balustrades on residential buildings above 18 metres. This problem was solved when Q-railing introduced a fully tested and compliant laminated glass balustrade system – they were back on the architectural landscape and the world of construction was overjoyed.
According to Darryl Holloway, Architectural Sales Manager at Q-railing UK, “Not being able to work with glass barriers for residential high-rise caused much heartache.” Darryl went on to say, “Following the changes to Approved Document B in December 2018 that saw all materials on residential buildings of 18M and above require a classification of A2-s1,d0, in accordance with BS EN13501 – Q-railing needed to pioneer systems that would be compliant with this new regulation. Following very quickly after our A2-s1,d0 laminated glass solution, came our revolutionary aluminium vertical bar system. This can achieve both 0.74kN/m residential loads and the more onerous 1.5kN/m load for areas where people may congregate. It can be top or fascia mounted and has the ability to be powder coated in any colour the client wishes. This, along with the glass option, now makes for a full suite of products that architects/designers and specifiers as always can rely on Q-railing to deliver.”
The vertical bar aluminium system, along with the laminated glass option, is currently being installed on main contractor projects all around the UK. Latest projects to use this new system include TCRW Soho by Galliard Homes and Boatman’s House by NACWL. Tucked away in the heart of Central London, TCRW Soho combines modern elegance with bold, contemporary design. For this project, Q-railing UK worked alongside Avdon Bristol Ltd. and produced 80 aluminium vertical bar Juliet balconies and 28m of balustrade in a beautiful bronze colourway for the development. For Block C of TCRW project, Q-railing supplied 93m of black vertical bar balustrade, covering 6 floors. Powder-coated laser cut pressed sills were also produced, along with 9 black satin deco-style privacy screens with opaque glass infill panels. The beauty of the aluminium vertical bar system is that it is fully customisable – colours and finishes can be chosen to compliment any design. The vertical bars can also be angled to offer privacy without blocking the view, perfect for city living.