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The trend towards open plan layouts with greater visibility of student movement has significantly increased the use of balustrade systems within the Education Sector.
Failure to ensure your balustrade system is compliant with BS6180:2011 is not only a regulatory issue, as an inadequate balustrade can create a health and safety hazard.
Delta Balustrades have supplied over 45,000 m’s of balustrades to Schools, Colleges and Universities throughout the UK. As balustrade experts we’ve put together considerations when working on Education projects.
It’s important to consider the buildings use and its users in relation to the positioning of balustrade and handrail systems.
Education facilities are busy places with hundreds of students, plus staff, moving about the building daily. Areas such as atrium’s may become overcrowded and stairways will see an influx of several users at a time.
ESFA Design Brief considerations include:
To fulfil its role, a balustrade system needs to withstand substantial loadings to protect pupils from unsafe heights.
Early engagement with your architect and supplier will help establish the loadings required for the different areas of the building and can prevent costly changes to design.
Early engagement also enables our design team to ensure the fixings supplied for your balustrade and handrail system are suitable to the substrate upon which they will be fixed.
The most popular infill for Education facilities is glass, due to its ability to give higher visibility of student movement.
Balustrades and handrails are a critical safety structure in any educational building and considerations regarding the health and safety of children should be paramount.
Always choose a balustrade supplier with the expertise of your projects sector and don’t forget to check the balustrades and handrails supplied meet with the demands of BS6180.