Frequently Asked Questions
Brooksby have over three decades experience in the design, fabrication and supply of balconies as well as associated structural and architectural steel products. Our expertise is unrivalled, offering our clients a complete end to end service. From consultancy to design, fabrication to assembly and installation, we work with you across all areas of a project from initial concept through to completion.
Design & Installation
- Our Flight Deck® slide-on balcony system is perfect for more high rise projects, due to the time saving and health and safety advantages it offers.
- Smaller storey developments, however, may benefit more from our bolt-on systems as they can be a more cost effective option than slide-on.
- Depending on the look and feel you want to achieve with your balcony design, one may be preferred to the other. Bolt-on systems allow for a more ‘industrial’ look, which cannot be achieved with the Flight Deck® slide-on system due to the inclusion of soffits.
- Vertical bar
- Solid panel
Maintenance & Performance
Regulations & Safety
The London Housing Design Guide was published in 2010 and sets out the requirements for property design within London. The guide lays out a set of standards to ensure a quality standard of living whilst ensuring design excellence across the capital.
Section 4.10 of the guide deals specifically with outdoor space and balconies, and as such sets out the following points in relation to balcony design:
- For a 2 person dwelling, there is a minimum outdoor space requirement of 5 square metres
- For each additional occupant, an extra 1 square metre is required
- A minimum width and depth of 1500mm is required for all balconies (and other private external spaces)
- Balconies are required to have solid floors and drain to a downpipe
Building guidelines set out by NHBC discuss the correct disposal of rainwater on balconies, detailing that disposal for a balcony size of 6m2 or less should be considered.