The architect approached Komfort to specify the correct material choice and design to meet the brief in quality, compliance and usability. Our involvement in the very early stages allowed our team to take a hands-on approach and work very closely with the architect.
In line with the complex project requirements and the architect’s vision, Komfort designed, manufactured, and installed 48.3mm brushed stainless steel, external grade 316 handrail and balustrading system. This featured extended concrete fixings to achieve 0.74kn loading. Wall-mounted handrails and secondary offset child/wheelchair user handrails are also featured, as were 10mm clear glass infill panels, toughened to BSEN121-50 with flat polished edges and radiused corners.
Komfort provided a handrail and balustrading system suitable for everyone, meaning a wheelchair user can be assisted at all times. The handrails are a graspable diameter (fully compliant) and the ramp itself is wide enough to ensure up and down traffic flow is possible. Within the topic of compliance, custom offset bracketry was provided to the stepped area, ensuring there is sufficient room for the fingers (no finger trap) at all times.
The end result
Our involvement at the earliest stage enabled Komfort to design and deliver a system that met the brief, was designed around usability and was fully compliant. With the quality of the system, it will withstand daily high traffic for many years to come.
Despite the disruption during the course of the project with Brexit, flooding and COVID, everyone involved is delighted with the high-quality finish of the project, and it was great for the Komfort Handrail and Balustrade division to be an integral part of the project.