Twin plate stanchions supporting folded metal panels

Utilising folded plate as balustrade infill rather than the more common glass panel provides an opportunity to showcase the potential elegance of powder-coated or painted mild steel.
Design

Utilising folded plate as balustrade infill rather than the more common glass panel provides an opportunity to showcase the potential elegance of powder-coated or painted mild steel. Pre-finished panels provide the opportunity to select a colour that either strikes a design note, or to provide a visual link to surrounding features. The ability to specify solid colour infill highlights the role of the S1 as a feature balustrade that is design to capture the attention. As an alternative to glass panel infill, steel sheet is naturally more durable, and therefore the S1 is particularly appropriate in unsecured public spaces such as train stations. Where balustrade represents a potential overhead fall risk, this can only be addressed by relatively expensive glazing systems. The S1 eliminates this issue.

At the stanchions, the combination of folded sheet and twin sandwich stanchion blades create a sequence of vertical shadow-lines (stepped in the case of raking balustrade) that create interest as perspective changes. Rounded corners relieve any potential harshness created by the preponderance of steel components. The softening effect can be increased further by the selection of perforated, rather than solid metal panels. Laser-cutting technology allows for virtually any perforation design to be applied.
The overall effect of the S1 is at once robust and elegant, providing a strong and durable impression in commercial, public or industrial contexts.

Technical

S1 balustrade is suitable for a variety of stair case types, and for virtually any floor covering on level sections, in either visual or concealed base-plate versions. On flights, the stanchions may be mounted via a sandwich style fixing as illustrated, or alternatively in a more standard floor fixing.

Twin heavy duty blades provide the structural support in stanchions, are separated by spacers and other components, and bound together by barrel nuts on M10 rod. These are fixed with an extra-thick (16mm) laser-cut base-plate. With the materials and fixing methods detailed, the S1 is capable of being specified to very high design loads.

Compliance

Arden Architectural is a BSA licensed contractor for carpentry, joinery, glass, glazing and aluminium as well as structural metal fabrication and erection. Arden supplies a Form 16 (Licensed Contractor) on all projects. In design and construct contracts, a Form 15 (Design Engineer) certification is supplied upon request. For products and services incorporating this design element, the table below details compliance with relevant codes and standards.

Code
Title Applicability
BCA The Building Code of Australia Full compliance
AS NZS 1170.1-2002 Structural Design Actions – Permanent, imposed and other actions Full compliance
AS 1288-2006 Glass in Buildings. Selection and installation Not applicable
AS NZS 1554.1-2004 Structural steel welding - Welding of steel structures Full compliance
AS 1554.6-1994 Welding stainless steels for structural purposes Full compliance
AS NZS 4586-2004 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials Not applicable
AS 1428.1-2001 Design for access and mobility Full compliance
AS 1657-1992 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders. Design,
construction and installation
Full compliance