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|Architect||Woodward Hambly Webb|
|Railing type||Glass railings|
|Line/Series||Easy Glass Pro|
In 2015, a major renovation of the former Narracott Hotel in Woolacombe, England, was announced, with a completion date in 2019. The plan was to create new residential apartments spread over 6 separate buildings. The 55 apartments in this stunning development range in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms and contain many luxury features such as floor-to-ceiling windows with Juliet balconies. Continuing the designer feel, the communal internal areas include stylish stainless steel and glass balustrades.
The buildings at the project site have a varied history. Having started life as 6 private residences in the Victorian era, they were brought together in the 20th century to create an extensive hotel complex. However, changes in the tourism industry led to the closure of the original hotel. It was clear that a new type of facility would be required – one suited to 21st-century demands. It also had to be a development worthy of the site’s spectacular views of Woolacombe Bay, one of the most impressive locations on the North Devon coastline. The result was the Byron apartments – a complex of 6 high-specification buildings artfully connected by landscaped courtyards and pleasant walkways.
Easy Glass Pro stair railings
Communal areas always make a major contribution to the way an apartment building is perceived by visitors. In the Byron apartments, these areas benefit from stair railings with a chic, minimalist look, created using Q-railing’s Easy Glass Pro stair railing system. Made from robust aluminium with a stainless steel effect finish, the railings are able to resist line loads of up to 1.5 kN/m, making them more than strong enough for a communal space in a residential or commercial setting.
The Easy Glass Pro system made the installation process quick and easy for project installer WM Ironworks. The system is designed so that all the work can be carried out from the inner side, removing the need for scaffolding. Moreover, each glass panel of the resulting frameless balustrade can be individually adjusted. Installation of glass balustrade on stairways throughout the 6 buildings was incredibly cost-effective as a result. WM Ironworks secured the balustrade directly to the stair structure, mounting Q-railing’s MOD 0748 glass adapters onto a stainless steel stringer. As a finishing touch, and for added safety, the stair railing was given a stainless steel cap rail, while matching wall handrails were also installed in certain locations.