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Balcony Balustrades – Advice on Design, Installation and Regulations

This article provides advice on designing balcony balustrades, including building regulations, performance and installation.   Relevant Building Regulations The latest Building Regulations, which arrived in December 2018, ban the use of combustible materials in balconies. As a result, architects and developers are no longer permitted to use a number of materials that were commonly used…More

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Stair balustrade design – advice and technical guidance

Both performance and aesthetics are important considerations in stair balustrade design. A stairwell or stairway is a space where furniture is largely or totally absent, so balustrade is usually the focal point which allows design expression and defines the overall look. When it forms part of a more open space – for example, providing access…More

Government advice note

Implications of the Latest Government Advice Note

This article discusses the latest government advice, issued in June 2019, which has widespread implications for the assessment and management of balcony fire risk. The Grenfell disaster gave rise to new Building (Amendment) Regulations in December 2018, requiring stricter fire safety compliance for new, refurbished and converted residential buildings with a floor above 18 metres…More

Building Legislation

Does the Current Building Legislation do Enough?

  Since this article was written and published, the The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has released an advice note about balconies on residential buildings. You can read about the implications of this advice note here.   In light of the recent balcony fire in Barking, East London, maybe we should be asking: Does…More

City Green

Neaco gets the Green Light at City Green Sunderland

The £4M City Green development in the City of Sunderland has undergone some major external changes recently. The building’s exterior was previously clad in timber and heavily featured this material within its numerous balconies. In order to uplift the aesthetics, these have now been replaced with contemporary, non-combustible materials. City Green Gentoo Housing Association’s City…More

Care Homes

The Development of Care Homes – Legality vs Morality

The external use of combustible materials on Care Homes with floors under 18m – just because it’s legal, does that make it moral? The building regulations that came into force on 21st December 2018 ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of residential developments over 18m above ground level. This means that…More

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