Australian supplier C5 outdoor balustrades with high visibility
HEAVY DUTY, SAFE, DESIGNS FOR CIVIL USE
FACTORY DIRECT, 100% AUSTRALIAN MADE
AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY AUSTRALIA WIDE
CUSTOM DESIGNS TO SUIT ANY PUBLIC SPACE
ENCAT is an Australian manufacturer of custom made C5 rated outdoor balustrade systems that can be used in any type of public space including;
- Educational facilities
- Shopping centres
- National parks
- Roadside locations
The staggered balusters are set out in a unique angular pattern. The pattern allows a person to look through to the other side of the balustrade at almost all angles. This feature eliminates the “solid wall blockout effect” that typical balustrades suffer from.
This is an outdoor balustrade that will permit people to see from many angles and positions whether they are walking or driving a vehicle. This can improve road safety, pedestrian safety & in the case of it being used around sporting grounds, it means even children who are below 1M in height can even enjoy watching the action. To meet Australian standards either a C3 or C5 level of strength must be specified for the balustrade.
For areas susceptible to over-crowding such as sporting stadiums, grandstands, bars or shopping malls, barrier systems must comply with minimum imposed actions for barriers as per Class C5 of the Australian Standard 1170.1-2002.
In Australia, visibility for pedestrians and motorists is a critical factor when considering road safety applications. Pedestrian fatalities make up a significant portion of the country’s road toll, and improving visibility can help to reduce the number of accidents involving people or vehicles.
While road authorities often use reflective materials in road signs, markers, and other infrastructure to make people more visible to drivers, sometimes things like fencing, balustrades or other barriers do not have adequate visibility, our design solves this safety problem.
The Building Code of Australia prescribes that a continuous balustrade or barrier must be provided alongside any stairway, ramp, balcony, veranda or mezzanine if these areas are not bounded by a wall, and more than one metre above the adjoining floor or finished ground level. While many typical designs will satisfy this safety requirement, we have taken things a step further with a unique balustrade design that is not only durable, compliant but also promotes the highest levels of visibility available from any product we have seen.
We can custom design and manufacture a balustrade system in Australia with a stainless steel finish that provides a high quality, professional appearance. Our Australian hot dip galvanising process prevents deterioration from the elements for added durability & reduced maintenance requirements. There is also the option to have it painted in any colour to suit the application.
A C5 level balustrade is designed and tested to meet specific load requirements for crowds or people gathering in public spaces. In Australia, this type of balustrade is typically used in areas people are expected to gather such as;
Elevated areas: There will be situations where embankments, drainage systems, roadside areas or other locations will have an elevated area that requires a balustrade to keep pedestrians safe from falling.
Sports stadiums: Large sports stadiums that host events such as football, soccer, rugby, and cricket matches.
Concert halls: Large concert halls that host concerts and other musical performances.
Theatres: Large theatres that host plays, operas, and other theatrical productions.
Convention centres: Large convention centres that host conferences, trade shows, and exhibitions.
Arenas: Multi-purpose arenas that host a range of events, such as sporting events, concerts, and exhibitions.
Exhibition halls: Large halls that host exhibitions, trade shows, and other events.
Cinemas: Large cinemas that host movie screenings and other film-related events.
Shopping centres: Large shopping centres that host events, such as product launches and fashion shows.
Theme parks: Large theme parks that have attractions, rides, and other entertainment options.
Museums: Large museums that host exhibitions and other events.
For architects, designers or civil contractors we can custom design each balustrade system to suit existing conditions including pathways, boardwalks, footpaths, walls, roads or even garden edging.
ENCAT has been supplying outdoor balustrade systems to councils, schools or building contractors for many years. Our balustrades are always designed and manufactured to meet Australian standards and safety requirements in our local Australian manufacturing facility located in Wollongong.
C5 compliant balustrade products for sale in Australia
C5 balustrade Product specifications
- Material: Where applicable we use locally sourced steel
- Colour: Powder coated in any colour required
- Weight: Depends on the specific application
- Height: Custom designed to suit your application
Baseplate or Inground balustrade design options
Examples of where Fasterail outdoor commercial or industrial balustrading can be used
See some of the projects ENCAT has helped to complete in Australia
Botany Council decided to improve the safety of the Molineaux Point look out by installing our Fasterail outdoor steel balustrade system to protect people form falling
We were contracted to design and install a new modular boardwalk into Auburn Botanic Gardens as part of their Masterplan upgrades
We designed & installed the new staircase modular boardwalk on Maloneys Beach as part of the Murramarang South Coast Walk project in NSW
Australian National Construction Code requirements for balustrading
ENCAT has always maintained a strict adherence to meeting or exceeding Australian Standards when we design, develop or manufacture our products. The National Construction Code (NCC) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design, construction, performance of buildings, plumbing and drainage systems throughout Australia. It is published and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board, on behalf of and in collaboration with the Australian Government and each State and Territory Government.
When installing commercial balustrades there are certain requirements that must be met to keep people safe in public areas. Below is an excerpt from National Construction Code (NCC) 2014 D2.16 Balustrades or other barriers
(a) A continuous balustrade or other barrier, except for a barrier provided to an openable window covered by D2.24, must be provided along the side of any roof to which public access is provided, any stairway or ramp, any floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, deck, veranda, mezzanine, access bridge or the like and along the side of any delineated path of access to a building, if—
ii it is not bounded by a wall; and
iii its level above the surface beneath, is more than 1 m.
(h) Openings in a balustrade or other barrier must be constructed in accordance with the following:
(ii) For a balustrade or other barrier other than those provided under (c)—
(A) any opening does not permit a 125 mm sphere to pass through it and for stairs, the opening is measured above the nosing line of the stair treads; and
(B) for floors more than 4 m above the surface beneath, any horizontal or near horizontal elements between 150 mm and 760 mm above the floor must not facilitate climbing
Barriers, including parapets, balustrades and railings, together with members and connections that provide structural support, shall be designed to sustain the imposed actions given in Table 3.3. The top edge or handrail shall also be designed for the case where a concentrated load of 0.6 kN, positioned for the worst effect, acts inward, outward or downward.
The uniformly distributed line load and the uniformly distributed and concentrated loads applicable to the infill are not additive. They shall be considered as three separate load cases.
Additional information about ENCAT's Australian modular balustrade manufacturing & supply capabilities
ENCAT is one of Australia’s largest designers, manufacturers and suppliers of products used for civil applications and public space installations. Since 1989 we have been designing and manufacturing balustrade or handrail products for outdoor use for councils, national parks, schools, universities and other locations. Our reputation is second to none with our products installed in locations like Venice Beach in Los Angeles, The Blue Mountains in New South Wales and even local national parks like Minamurra Rainforest.
- Custom design and engineering consulting for each balustrade installation.
- New South Wales manufacturing and fabrication with tight quality control.
- Experience working with difficult to access or busy public spaces.
- In-house expertise, design software, tooling and equipment.