Square Clamps in University Upgrade

Use of square clamps in balustrades can create a subtle and unique design feature. Our square clamps were used as part of a larger project updating a university campus. As a result they had to comply with regulations and meet standard load requirements.

For the balustrade protecting the walkway outside the East Building, side mount brackets provided an unobtrusive fixing solution. Bespoke side mount brackets were made to the customers requirements, as well as a stainless-steel flashing to conceal the substrate and match the stainless steel posts.

It is important to note that the substrate a balustrade is fixing into is equally important as the balustrade itself. If the substrate is not strong, then the finished balustrade will not meet loading requirements.

It is good to refer to the BS 6180:2011 document for further details of requirements for barriers in and around buildings.

Loading Requirements

To fulfil its role, a balustrade system needs to withstand substantial loadings to protect pupils from unsafe heights.

  • Areas with stairs, landings and corridors must withstand a line load of 0.74kN/m and a 0.5kN/m point load.
  • Areas susceptible to overcrowding, such as atriums, must withstand a line load of 1.5kN/m under 3m’s wide and 3.0kN/m over 3m’s wide and a point load of 1.5kN/m.

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Square clamps will provide a unique feature in your balustrade.

Another shining example of the fact that: Our products are not just part numbers!

They are quality solutions designed by caring technicians with on-site experience and technical knowledge.