8 Ways To Balustrade – Inspiration For Your Next Project

Balustrades and parapet screening are two of the most versatile and visually appealing cast stone building and construction components.  They make a beautiful addition to any patio, courtyard or terrace, helping to delineate areas of the garden or landscape elegantly and effortlessly.

Balustrade can also cleverly be incorporated into steps, staircases, balconies and even porticos, adding instant ‘wow’ factor, as well as practicality.

Take inspiration from eight of our favourite client projects featuring balustrade in this week’s blog.

  • Dorchester Hotel Coworth Park Blacknest Road Ascott

1. Coworth Park Hotel, Ascot

Coworth House is a country house dating back to 1776, set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland.  In 2008, the house was purchased by the Dorchester Collection Hotel Group, with the intention of turning Coworth House into a luxury hotel and spa.

For this very special landscaping commission, which formed part of a major hotel renovation project, our team collaborated with a landscape architect, as well as engineers and stone contactors to ensure compliance.

Hadddonstone supplied two different heights of balustrade, one for appearance and one to meet building regulations.

Our team manufactured bespoke curved components for various areas of this landscaping project.

The architectural components were all produced in our Portland colour, and in our TecStone material to guarantee a smooth finish and to minimise weathering.

Coworth Park Hotel Case Study
Dorchester Hotel Coworth Park Blacknest Road Ascott
coworth park
  • external balustrading at Seaham hall

2. Seaham Hall, Durham

Seaham Hall is a 5* hotel and spa set on a cliff top overlooking the North Sea.  Nestled in 37 acres of Georgian estate, Seaham Hall is a short drive from Durham city centre.

Set on a cliff top on a 37-acres of a Georgian estate, this posh hotel is 2 miles from the train station and 13 miles from Durham city centre.

Haddonstone’s team was asked to produce the balustrade for multiple guest viewing areas within the grounds of the hotel.

Our more traditional ‘1100’ range of balustrade was chosen for its traditional aesthetic that provides a greater presence and for its compliance with building regulations.

Bespoke curved unites were produced for this project to create a circular viewpoint, whilst our standard piers were chosen.

Being located in such an exposed position next to the North Sea, our durable cast stone balustrade was ideal for this project.

As well as supplying a large volume of balustrade for this project, our team also manufactured ornamental designs and bespoke pool surrounds.

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seanham hall landscape
  • kinnaird castle

3. Kinnaird Castle, Angus

Kinnaird Castle is a magnificent and historic building lying north of Dundee.  Built in the early 15th century, this stately residence has been home to the Carnegie family, now Dukes of Fife, for over 600 years.

The owners of Kinnaird Castle first approached Haddonstone in 2016 to discuss their balustrade restoration project.  After years of weathering and frost damage, the original stone balustrade that runs along the entire circumference of the castle had deteriorated and crumbled.

Confident that our team could assist with the project, Haddonstone was commissioned to replace the original stone balustrade and help restore the castle’s crown.

This project showcases our bespoke stonework and sensitive restoration capabilities.  Our team were able to match the design, material and colour of the existing balustrade.

Kinnaird Castle Case Study
crumbling original balustrade
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  • Haddonstone restoration at Grade I listed Waddesdon Manor

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4. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Waddesdon Manor was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898).

It is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties and it won Visit England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category in 2017.  The property is still owned by the Rothschild family.

Haddonstone was approached to restore the eroded parapet that crowns the top of the Manor.  Using traditional skills, our team took impressions of the damaged parapet in situ before creating bespoke models and moulds prior to production.

The new parapet components were cast using our Haddonstone semi-dry material, in a bespoke colour to ensure an exact match with the rest of the architecture.

Waddesdon Manor Case Study

5. Bishop’s Row, Fulham

Octagon Developments is an award-winning luxury residential developer based in Surrey. With over 40 years of architectural expertise, they specialise in prestigious houses, mansions and apartments in premier locations.

Octagon approached the team at Haddonstone to manufacture high quality stonework for a new development on Bishops Row in Fulham, London.

Our team manufactured multiple porticos for the Bishop’s Row development, tying in balustrade to the structure of each, creating a complementary terrace or balcony area.

Bishop's Row Case Study

Below left to right: Bishop’s Row, Fulham; Haddonstone columns and balustrade used to create a striking balcony; a Haddonstone portico, complete with balustrade tied into the structure.

lit up stone portico entryway

6. Windsor Great Park, Berkshire

Our client had a vision to design and build a luxury residence loosely based on the Queen Anne style of architecture.

Keen to ensure every aspect was built with the highest quality materials, our client approached Haddonstone to supply all of the cast stone components for the three buildings on the estate.

Complying with building regulations, a square baluster from our standard range was chosen for this project.

Bespoke pier shafts were also manufactured to cap the brick pillars on the building.

Windsor Great Park Case Study
  • Client: Kilworth House Hotel

7. Kilworth House Hotel

Set in 38 acres of landscaped parkland, Kilworth House Hotel dates from 1890 and is located in the rolling Leicestershire countryside.

Haddonstone was commissioned to supply balustrade as part of a large landscaping renovation project.

Our standard range balustrade was chosen in our Bath colour.

We also supplied ramped areas which ran down steps and staircases.

This project showcases the range of angles which suit our standard step tread and riser configurations.

8. Parapet screening

A less informal and more decorative alternative to baluster bars, parapet screening creates a visually striking and elegant effect that is ideal for separating both internal and external areas.

While offered in standard designs, our parapet screening can be adjusted to suit your individual requirements.

The length of parapet unit can be varied by using different combinations of the two basic panels.

All rails and plinths are supplied in standard lengths, which can be cut to specification by your chosen installation contractor.

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  • Dorchester Hotel Coworth Park Blacknest Road Ascott

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