Type: Structural Steel, Architectural Steel
& Bolt-On Balconies
Client: Bellway Homes
Architect: Boon Brown Architects
Engineers: Structa Engineering Environments
Scope: 128 Pre-assembled balconies, 45 juliette balconies, stair balustrading, gates, railings; steel framing for masonry
Drayton Garden Village is a development of 205 one, two and three-bedroom, energy-efficient, affordable apartments in West Drayton, London. They are set in a new eco-friendly neighbourhood, designed along 'Garden City' principles with open spaces, gardens, tree-lined walkways and well-connected streets to encourage pedestrians.
The surroundings are reflected in the high quality and contemporary architecture.
Bellway Homes were keen to get as much offsite construction as possible, to ensure a rapid, safe and efficient build on-site. They were also looking for a company that could manufacture not just a large quantity of balconies, but also design and manufacture other structural steelwork and architectural metalwork, in this instance gates, balustrades and railings.
This would allow them to place one order for the whole metalwork package, rather than multiple orders to cover each element.
The Brooksby Response
With our in-house design team and manufacturing base, Brooksby Projects were able to accommodate all the different elements across the three separate blocks: the balconies, structural steelwork and the architectural metalwork package. Brooksby designed, manufactured and pre-assembled 128 main balconies, which were then craned into position on-site. With the units only being five floors high, these were designed as balcony stacks, on supported columns, tied into the main structure at the back edge.
Structural steelwork included roof level steel framing, steel framing for masonry supports and steel lintels. The additional architectural metalwork package encompassed 45 Juliette balconies, with toughened, laminated glass panels, 32 timber panelled privacy screens, service riser decking, stair balustrades, steel pedestrian access gates and bow top garden and perimeter railings. All these steel elements were hot dip galvanised and polyester powder coated for longevity.
The Project Manager, Chandra Kancham completed a post completion survey and scored Brooksby on average 4.6, out of a possible 5, across the areas of design, people, commercial, programme, quality safety and sustainability.