A Guide to Bespoke Commercial Balustrades: Where Safety Meets Style

When you are looking to enhance the look of a business premises, few architectural features offer as much opportunity to do so as balustrades and railings. These essential safety elements serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, providing support and protection while also adding visual appeal to any space. Whether you’re looking to improve the safety of your warehouse staircases or add an elegant touch to a commercial building, Shelley Engineering is here to meet all your balustrade needs. 

At Shelley Engineering, we pride ourselves on delivering comprehensive 3D CAD design, steel fabrication, and installation services across London and the Southeast. Our team of experts specialises in working with a range of materials, including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and even brass – allowing us to create customised balustrades and railings that perfectly suit your style and preferences. 


We’re here to guide you through the process of choosing the right balustrades for your specific needs, discuss the design and installation process, provide maintenance tips, and inspire you with success stories.  

Materials that Suit Your Style 

At Shelley Engineering, we work with a variety of materials to ensure your balustrades and railings seamlessly integrate with your existing décor, whether interior or exterior. Each material brings its unique qualities and visual impact. Mild steel is a popular choice for its durability and affordability. Its strength makes it suitable for heavy-duty applications such as heavy-traffic office stairways and balconies. Stainless steel, on the other hand, offers excellent corrosion resistance and can be polished to a high shine, creating a luxurious feel in any setting. Brass adds a grand touch with its warm golden hue, while aluminium provides lightweight yet robust options.  

Glass balustrading is an increasingly popular choice in modern architecture – and for good reason. It’s tough, long-lasting, and looks stunning. Toughened and laminated glass offers a clean, modern finish and goes the distance, staying in great shape for many years without showing any visible wear. There’s growing evidence and medical studies that prove how natural light is incredibly beneficial, not to mention more energy efficient, so the case for using glass balustrades to open your commercial space, is a clear one. More natural light in the workplace means happier and more productive workers, a decrease in utility bills for artificial lighting, and a more impressive brand image.  

Customisation for Unique Projects 

One of the greatest advantages of working with Shelley Engineering on a bespoke balustrade or railing project is our ability to customise balustrades and railings to suit your unique requirements. Whether you need a simple, functional secure handrail for a fire escape or an elaborate decorative balustrade to complement an ornate staircase, our team of experts will work closely with you to bring your vision to life.  

We understand that every property is different, and we take pride in our ability to create custom solutions that meet both functional and aesthetic requirements. By combining various materials, such as glass, timber, or stone, with metalwork, we can craft balustrades and railings that truly stand out.

Choosing the Right Balustrade or Railing for Your Needs 

When it comes to commercial spaces, safety regulations are often more stringent compared to residential settings. Balustrades and railings must adhere to specific standards to ensure the well-being of employees, customers, and visitors. 

For high-traffic areas such as shopping centres or office buildings, consider options like stainless steel  
balustrades with tempered glass panels. This combination offers durability, ease of maintenance, and a contemporary appearance. Additionally, incorporating elements such as LED lighting can enhance visibility and create a visually striking effect, further elevating the overall ambience. 

Frameless glass balustrades with mini posts give you the best of both worlds: the clear sight lines afforded by the frameless glass and the corrosion resistance and affordability of a framed balustrade. They are well suited to large outdoor projects like restaurant decks, coastal spots, pools, and leisure venues. 

Balustrade Regulations: Keeping Your Business Safe 

Most of the building requirements and regulations concerning balustrades fall under Document K of the UK Building Regulations. For example, a staircase wider than 2000mm should be divided into flights narrower than 2000mm, doing so should be done with a handrail balustrade in the middle. Balustrades should generally be a minimum of 1100mm from the finished floor level and meet the load-bearing requirements specified in BS EN 1991-1-1. One of the most important considerations with balustrading will be to consider the load bearing capacity required for that landing area. You can find more explained in this helpful article from the Local Authority Building Control site here. 

If glass is used in a balustrade, it must break safely. This means that the broken shards must not be sharp or pointed. The glass must also disintegrate into small, detached particles. This ‘safe break’ pattern is achieved with toughened glass.  

The Process of Designing and Installing Balustrades and Railings

At Shelley Engineering, we understand the importance of precise planning and design. Our expert CAD technology design service allows us to provide accurate 3D models and renderings of your balustrades and railings before fabrication and installation begin. This ensures that you have a clear visualisation of the final product and enables any necessary adjustments to be made early in the process. 

During the design phase, our team works closely with you to understand your vision, style preferences, and budget. We take into consideration the architectural features of your property, as well as any specific safety or functionality requirements. With our expertise and attention to detail, we can create custom designs that seamlessly integrate with your space while prioritising safety and aesthetics. 

Once the design is finalised, our skilled craftsmen bring your vision to life through meticulous fabrication. Using top-of-the-line equipment and metalworking techniques, we ensure that every component of your balustrades is precisely manufactured to meet the highest standards of quality and durability. 

When it comes to installation, our experienced fitters take care of the entire process, ensuring that your balustrades and railings are securely installed. Whether it’s for a commercial project or a domestic setting, our team adheres to strict timelines and works efficiently to make sure we’re never the reason you have a headache. Expect a seamless and collaborative service that puts your project needs first. 

Tips for Keeping Your Balustrades and Railings in Optimal Condition 

To prolong the lifespan of your balustrades and railings and maintain their lustre, regular maintenance is essential. Here are some tips to help you keep them in optimal condition: 

  1. Routine Cleaning: Regularly clean your balustrades and railings to remove dust, dirt, and other debris. Use mild soap and water solution and avoid abrasive cleaners that could damage the finish. 
  2.  Inspection and Repair: Periodically inspect your balustrades and railings for signs of wear, such as  
    loose or damaged components. Promptly repair or replace any faulty parts to avoid compromising on safety.
  3. Protective Coating: Our metalwork projects can be given protective treatments, such as powder coating, to ensure the integrity and durability of your balustrades for years to come. This is particularly important if your balustrades are located outdoors to protect them from harsh weather conditions. 

Transform Your Business with Elegant Balustrades and Railings 

Balustrades and railings are more than just functional safety features; they have the power to transform spaces enhance the brand image of any business. Whether it’s a commercial building in need of sleek and modern railings or a heritage setting yearning for traditional style balustrades, Shelley Engineering has the expertise to fulfil all your design, fabrication, and installation needs. 

From expert CAD design service to skilled fabrication and installation, we prioritise precision, quality, and customer satisfaction. With our vast experience in working with various materials, customisation options, and attention to detail, we guarantee balustrades and railings that perfectly suit your style and exceed your expectations. We’re here to serve your projects all over London and the South-East. 
 
Get in touch with a member of our team at Shelley Engineering today to discuss your project requirements and begin your journey toward enhancing your commercial space.

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