London Dock Blocks A & B Case Study

Client:   St George

Contractor:   St George

Architect:   Patel Taylor Architects

Location:   Wapping, London

Balconies:   342

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London Dock A & B called for unique detailing and an exacting specification resulting in a luxurious aesthetic. A specific gold was chosen for the vertical bar balustrades to add interest to the building exterior and break up the façade.

Another challenge was that the fountains and landscaping had been completed prior to balcony install meaning an expensive 500 tonne crane was needed to provide the necessary reach.


To deliver the unique aesthetic specified a bespoke vertical bar design was created and polyester powder coated with the precise gold required. Abseiling hooks were also incorporated into the balcony soffits for easier cleaning.

An essential requirement of the project was that the balcony install was smooth and efficient to keep the crane costs to a minimum. Thanks to the innovative Glide-On™ system all the balconies were quickly and easily installed and only needed to be bolted to the support arms and the final planks of decking fitted.

Installation Process

Step 1: Cast in anchors were cast into the slab & incorporated thermal break connections offering superior rigidity to the balconies.

Step 2: Cassette® balconies were preassembled offsite, including the balustrades, decking & soffits.

Step 3: Cassette® balconies were transported with balconies ‘nested’ onto each pallet making transport both cost effective & safe. Balconies were pre-slung offsite ready for installation upon arrival.

Step 4: Once lifted into position, the Cassettes® simply Glide-On™ to the pre-erected support arms, before completing the simple mechanical fixings.

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