Glenheron, Wicklow

Client:   Cairn PLC

Contractor:   Cairn PLC

Architect:   Reddy Architecture and Urbanism

Location:   County Wicklow, Ireland

Balconies:   94 balconies

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“We’re absolutely loving the balcony. It’s the best part of the flat. With where we are on the corner, the balcony gives us sunlight from nearly 6am until late in the evening.”

– Pat, Resident at Glenheron, Wicklow


Named after the kilometre-stretch of grey stones between the two beaches on the seafront, Greystones is the second largest town in County Wicklow and the home to “the most liveable community” in the world according to the LivCom Awards, both in 2008 and 2021.

Glenheron is a new development by Cairns, comprising multiple family homes, apartment buildings and residencies. We supplied 94 balconies to this project, streamlining the project by design thanks to early engagement and a good relationship with the team at Cairn.

How Sapphire Made It Simple:

Sapphire’s approach to Glenheron was to streamline the efficiency of design. This meant looking into how we could rationalise the design, making it more efficient to not only produce, but install too.

Standardisation and simplicity of design have a reputation for being restrictive, but it also lends itself easily to rationalisation – learning from previous designs and applying improvements to future designs. These improvements can often mean a large saving, which can be passed on to the customer. Not only that, an architect’s design may only need a few adjustments to fit with a standardised product, allowing for unique features to remain in the design.

We worked closely with the contract manager and design manager at Cairn to identify and rectify potential issues and challenges. We were able to minimise logistical movements using clever stacking of lorries when transporting balconies to the site. The project ran incredibly smoothly and we’re happy to have supplied the balconies to this fantastic Irish project.

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