Glass Balustrade installation on brick and block work

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Hello everyone,

I'm wondering if someone out there could help.

We've had a retaining wall built and had it filled with hardcore, this sits behind a double skin wall built with block and brick. We're now in the process of having the Indian stone laid and finally the glass balustrade on top.

Although i've spoken to suppliers they're saying that i'd be able to bolt one of the footplates from the posts to the wall and one to the concrete blocks, i'm highly sceptical as we're in a really windy area and the balustrade would be a 9 meter run with a return on one side of 1m and the other of 2m.

Does anyone else think this wouldn't be adequate and can anyone else offer advice on a better option. I'm starting to think that I may have to take one course of the block work down and create a concrete pad behind the brick work say 8 inch deep and 12 inch wide and mount the balustrade on there.

Thank you all.
 

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How high is the retaining wall above the ground level?

Richard
You can see its about 1.1m, anyway I think you'll be ok, balustrade wise, with those returns. I'd be more concerned about the wall itself long term, rule of thumb for mass retaining walls is that the width at the base should be 1/3 of the height.
 
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Morning everyone, thanks for your replies.

So wall is the same thickness all the way down and is roughly 1.5m high, there is an old retaining wall which we've left in place about 2 meters back so hoping that helps holding everything back

Speaking to a couple of installers they've said install the Indian Stone first then they come and install the balustrade over the top. Which i'm not expert but I personally don't feel that been strong enough. Agree around the bricks not been the best so was thinking of taking the top course of concrete blocks out and making a pad of concrete all the way along about 12 inch wide and 8-9 inch deep and sit the whole thing on that?

Here's the balustrades i'm after so you can see how they're fixed..

https://bearmetals.co.uk/s/balustrades/alaska-balustrades/

Cheers
 
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