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The TAPER-LOC® PROJECT BOOK TAPER-LOC® BY C. R. Laurence – the easy, effective way to install glass railings and balustrades

An Introduction to TAPER-LOC® TAPER-LOC®, from C. R. Laurence, is the simple way to install glass railings and balustrades. The TAPER-LOC® System conforms to BS6180:1999 and BS6399-1:1996 and is more than 50% faster than alternative methods and is unique in that it uses a horizontal TAPER-LOC® design, which allows the system to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set. As it is a totally dry glaze system there is no need for wet cement. The product is unique because it uses a horizontal TAPER-LOC® design, which allows the system to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set easily and efficiently. This also makes the TAPER-LOC® System ideal for replacing scratched and broken panels in existing applications.

Effortless Balustrade Installation At City Peninsula With C.R. Laurence's TAPER-LOC® System Over 160 apartments at City Peninsula, Greenwich, have benefited from fast and easy installation of stunning glass balustrade systems using C.R. Laurence’s effortless TAPER-LOC® Dry Glaze Balustrade System. City Peninsula is one of the largest and most ambitious urban regeneration schemes everseen in Europe with 166 luxurious apartments and triple level town houses, all benefiting from spectacular 360° panoramic riverside views. The innovative TAPER-LOC® System was used along with base shoe channels to secure the cantilever glass balustrading to the balconies on the apartment blocks. Joanna Lewinski, Partner at RMA Architecture Ltd, the project designers, commented: “The clean lines of the cantilever balustrade solution offered a simple but effective method to enclose the different types of balconies. The fully glazed enclosure allows river and city views and enhances the feeling of openness within the apartments.” The development has also secured an ECO Homes excellent ratings award and the exterior elevations to the buildings are greatly enhanced by the glass fronted balconies which give a contemporary and luxurious feel to the development. For more information, and to receive a TAPER-LOC® System brochure, call free on 00 800 0421 6144, visit or email

ESSA Academy, Bolton The TAPER-LOC® System was recently used to create a striking staircase at ESSA Academy, Bolton. The staircase is located within the ‘inside outside’ space at the academy, which exhibits a clinical blend of stylish interior design features together with the spaciousness and open-air feeling of an outside area. Steven Gill, of Webber Engineering – steelwork specialists who constructed the staircase - commented, “CRL’s range of Architectural Hardware is first-rate. In particular, their TAPER-LOC® System enabled a fast and efficient installation, which not only makes our job easier but keeps costs to a minimum.” CRL’s Cap Rails were used throughout the staircase and balcony area, in a 51mm diameter. These premium cap rails are manufactured by bump-forming to ensure reduced spring back. The Cap Rails have a standard wall thickness of 3.2mm and are available in diameters ranging from 38.1mm to 101.6mm, as well as oval and square profiles in a wide range of architectural finishes. CRL’s Aluminium Base Shoe was also used in the staircase installation at the Academy and is designed to be used with the 13.52mm laminated toughened glass. For further information regarding C.R. Laurence’s TAPER-LOC® Dry Glaze Balustrade System, or any other product from their extensive Architectural Hardware range, contact them on 800 0421 6144, email, or

TAPER-LOC® System Eases Installation At The Imperial War Museum London C.R. Laurence’s TAPER-LOC® System has facilitated a speedy and simple installation of a new glass balustrade system at the Imperial War Museum in London. The Museum opened its newly refurbished Lord Ashcroft Gallery recently, which houses the ‘Extraordinary Heroes’ exhibition at a cost of £5 million - the first major permanent gallery at the museum for over ten years. The design for the emergency exit staircase included a glass balustrade railing system, glass opening gate and the construction of steps leading to an emergency exit door.

As well as providing a critical evacuation route, it was important that that the design blended into its surroundings, giving a modern, light and clean feel to the area. C.R. Laurence’s beautiful frameless, dry glaze balustrade system enabled entrance and security specialists System2000 Group to install 19mm toughened glass with accuracy, speed and efficiency, giving clean lines and a seamless finish. For more information, and to receive a TAPER-LOCŽ System brochure, call free on 0800 0421 6144, visit or email

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