The Stack, a six storey development that delivers 24 apartments and a Baptist Church to the Hackney community.
The Stack is an UrbanLab development that has been built on the site of the former Homerton Baptist Church. The development brings a new church facility to the ground and lower ground levels. Above the church is a number of luxury apartments with a communal roof terrace area on level six.
The Stack development was main contracted by Montway Ltd and designed by Spacelab architects. To maintain the high specification of the apartments, each balcony and the roof terrace area required a minimalist glass balustrade solution. There were a number of design challenges that the balustrade solution had to overcome:
- Due to varying floor levels, some balustrade fixing details needed to be elevated up to 170mm from the concrete slab.
- The roof terrace area required a bespoke access gate to match and integrate with the balustrade solution.
Following a significant early-stage specification work with the architect, the B40 Frameless Glass balustrade was specified for the balustrade requirements to the residential balconies. For the balustrade on the roof-top communal area, a bespoke version of the B20 Post balustrade was specified. This balustrade incorporated 80 x 15mm flat bar steel posts with toughened glass infills.
Bespoke steel brackets
To accommodate varying floor levels and elevate the balustrade channel to the finished floor level, our design team developed some bespoke 170mm high galvanised steel brackets. These were fixed to the channel at between 300-400mm centres.
Balustrade channel packing
In some cases there was a need to pack the channel up by a smaller amount of about 40mm. In these cases a folded steel bracket was developed to fix to the channel at 300-400mm fixing centres.
To provide access to roof services from the communal roof terrace, a bespoke gate was designed within the balustrade. The lock and hinge system was mounted to the flat steel posts.
Very impressed with BA Systems. They were thoroughly engaged during design stage and offered helpful advice.
Niall Foxe, Quantity Surveyor