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Balustrade Design Guide – Part 4: Materials & Finishes

Balustrade for stairs, mezzanine floors, partitions and barriers involves a wide range of technical and aesthetic considerations. Neaco’s Guide to Balustrade Design is a four-part series which explains each key requirement. Having covered stanchions, handrails and infills in Parts 1- 3, our final part focuses on materials and finishes. This aspect can be very important…More

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Balustrade Design Guide – Part 3: Infills

Having covered stanchions and handrails in Parts 1 & 2 of Neaco’s Balustrade Design Guide, Part 3 focuses on  balustrade infills. This element offers the most variety of choice in terms of aesthetics. Each option has its own attributes and suitability for certain environments. Responsibility for compliance to regulations lies with the architect, so it’s…More


Balustrade Design Guide – Part 2: Handrails

Balustrade for stairs, mezzanine floors, partitions and barriers can be a complex design requirement with a wide range of aspects to consider. With that in mind, Neaco’s Guide to Balustrade Design is a four-part series which explains requirements for each key balustrade component. Part 1 focused on stanchions. In Part 2, we’re focusing on handrails…More

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The importance of decking in fire safety for balconies

Fire safety measures for balconies are increasingly being stipulated by building warranty providers and regulatory bodies. Architects and developers should be mindful of these issues at the design stage of their projects. Choosing fireproof aluminium decking is one step that can make a real difference.   [please note: since this article was written in 2017,  the government…More


Glass safety regulations for balustrade and balconies

It’s not exactly breaking news – if you’ll pardon the pun – but glass safety regulations were subject to significant changes some years ago and Neaco have encountered a shortfall in awareness amongst decision makers in the construction industry during specification consultations for our glass balustrade and balcony products. BS EN 12600 superseded BS 6206…More

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Balustrade Design Guide – Part 1: stanchions

Designing balustrade for stairs, mezzanine floors, partitions and barriers is one of the more complex requirements for any built environment. There are many elements to consider, from suitable fixings for the building fabric to the horizontal load-bearing capability. Many architects find it difficult to know where to start, so with that in mind Neaco are…More