Architect: AAS Architecten
Contractor: Jorritsma Bouw
When plans were drawn up for the renovation of Noorderpoort College in Groningen; functionality, design and sustainability were crucial for every element of the specification process. A collaborative effort of AAS Architects and Jorritsma Bouw (architect and contractor respectively) decided OnLevel’s innovative balustrade system was the best solution for the internal stairways and balcony areas.
A total of 60m of the sleek balustrading system was designed and installed in the internal areas of the college, maximising light throughout and providing unobscured views in various rooms including the reception area.
The side-mounted TL-30 3031 base channel was chosen due to its slim design and excellent load bearing ability – accommodating forces up to 3kN. It was specified in aluminium with a white coating, with handrails to match. Due to the nature of the renovation project, the channels were mounted onto steel with anchors every 200mm. The overall construction of the building consisted of steel and timber also featuring prefabricated concrete columns.
31.52mm toughened laminated glass featured within the installation, carefully installed using OnLevel’s Flex-Fit system. This system allowed the contractor to adjust the position of each glass panel up to 40 millimetres if needed, in relation to the perpendicular. It is the perfect solution for achieving secure alignment of glass panels within balustrading, enabling a faster more efficient installation from the contractor and also gave the architect confidence that the installation was aesthetically and functionally sound.
OnLevel’s handrail was also specified within the balustrade installation in a 60.3mm diameter, offering a stylish and practical feature. Stainless steel was the material of choice which offered clinical aesthetics, high strength, a high resistance to corrosion, excellent hygienic properties, and finally its ease of fabrication for the contractor Jorritsma Bouw.
Gary Dean, CEO of OnLevel, commented, “We were really pleased to be asked to provide our balustrading system for the Noorderpoort College project. Not only does it show that our products are of the highest quality providing effective balustrading solutions, but also demonstrates the influence of our balustrading systems is European-wide…and growing!
It was great to work in a collaborative effort with AAS Architects and Jorritsma Bouw. We provided all of the necessary CAD files which integrated seamlessly into their plans. It was also backed-up with our technical team who were able to offer practical, competent advice.
The project was a success and demonstrates our commitment to working closely with architects and contractors when specifying our balustrading and juliet balcony systems.”
OnLevel are the innovation specialist for high-quality balustrade profiles in all shapes and sizes. Providing aesthetical pleasing, safe, tested, independently certified, highly durable balustrades for living or work spaces.
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