To avoid supply of balconies becoming an issue we manufacture all balconies offsite. These are made ahead of time, moving into vast storage facilities so that not everything is dependent on being made just in time. This fulfils our brand promise as all balconies will be Ready for install before the agreed date.
We believe that it is essential to get goods to site in a pristine condition safely and ready to be efficiently offloaded with minimum risk of damage or safety issues. That’s why we have invested in a number of our own trailers specially adapted so that they can allow double stacking and so that guardrails are pre-fitted ready for safe offload.
We also attach certified slings at the point of dispatch so that the site can quickly offload them without having to climb onto each of the balconies.
Trucking to site
Once fully assembled and correct, we move our balconies from our production facilities into third partly logistics hubs where they are stored until they need to be transported to site.
Prior to dispatch, each project is given a custom lorry plan to transport as many balconies as possible safely and efficiently to minimise emissions, carbon footprint and balcony transport costs.
For some projects, small quantities of balconies may be required ahead or behind the main bulk, so on these occasions smaller or Hiab lorries may be used
We support on-site installation teams initially with training, then supply them the unique specialist equipment they need for their specific project.
Sapphire has developed many unique pieces of equipment to make installing balconies on site faster, more efficient and, most importantly, safer for installation teams.
Innovations include the Counter Balance Lifter.
In essence, the CBL offsets the crane hook by using weights to balance the balcony, opening the door to a wide range of install sequences.
We also offer an internal guarding system, behind which installers can safely guide in balconies. In addition, an SYAM safety harness is available for leading edge work on corner balconies or walkways, for example.