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Origin-R – Glass Balustrade Wedge System

Our Origin-R Glass balustrade system is designed to take loads up to 1.5kN. It uses a simple dry glaze wedge system to lock the glass into place.
We have used the same idea from our original glass balustrade system, Origin Grip (since 2007), which was a 3kN system. As many projects do not require such a high load we have slimmed down the profile to a minimal 56mm and redesigned the internal glass isolator system to now be made up of less components.

No need for posts, having a strong glass channel system removes the requirement for having a post and rail glass system giving a frameless appearance where the glass is only held by the base shoe.

A Co-Extruded top bead is placed on the system to give it a sleek finish and the profile is silver anodised to give it protection.
It is possible to wet glaze glass into this balustrade system using the correct resin/polysulphide sealant.

The system can be curved to a 1 metre radius.

Origin-R is:

  • Slim Yet Strong – Achieves 1.5kN loading to BS Standards
  • Anodised for Protection
  • Base and Side Mount Available
  • Suits Domestic and Light Commercial Installations
  • Can be Dry or Wet Glazed
  • Takes 12mm – 21.5mm glass


Curved Glass Balustrade
Round glass stairs and curved glass balustrade are becoming increasingly more popular and finding a system that is easy to install, can be tricky.

Origin-R is a simple U-Shaped channel, the product is a slimmed down more elegant version of Origin-Grip, but still able to achieve loads of up to 1.5kN at 1200mm high. Origin-R is a curved channel system that is able to remain strong with a central radius of up to 1000mm.

For Origin-R channel to be used as a curved glass balustrade system, the glass must be wet glazed into position. This is achieved by using a pouring grade balustrade sealant. As well as the sealant, we strongly recommend using a black polysulphide gun grade sealant which can be smoothed over to give a clean finish.

Do I Need a Handrail?

In recent years the UK has seen an increase in the use of glass balustrades without the installation of handrails. BS 6180:2011 clarifies these issues, which we have listed below, if you need any clarification please contact your local building control.

If using toughened glass a handrail must also be used, in addition it must be adequately secured to act as a secondary barrier should the glass fail i.e. the handrail should remain in-situ if a panel breaks.
If toughened laminate glass is used then it is permissible to have no handrail as long as the following aspects are put into place;
The glass used must meet the design load, this will be a; line load, uniformly distributed load and a point load test (detailed within BS 6180:2011.)
Manufacturers of glass, have to provide the technical requirements on required glass thickness on meeting the required loadings.
Should a panel break and not meet the required criteria then guarding must be fitted immediately.
The glass selected must resist the appropriate design load and provide containment.

What Can I Install Onto?

We test our products fixed to steel and concrete.
Our system is only as strong as the structure it’s installed into, therefore a suitable substructure must be in place. We have recommendations for various fixing scenarios which can be found on our technical page. If you have any queries regarding installation, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to advice you or alternatively contact your local structural engineer.

Is the aluminium protected?

Yes the aluminium has been silver anodised to protect the aluminium from corrosion. This gives it a a nice finish

Can the channel be curved?

Yes. We have had the channel curved to a 1-metre radius. The glass will have to be wet-glazed into position and a bespoke cladding or top bead will need to be produced to finish the channel, a very nice finish that is available to have curved is a bespoke timber cladding that can be applied to the channel which most joinery workshops would be happy to assist with.

What glass thickness does the channel accept?

The channel accepts; 12mm, 13.52mm, 15mm, 17.52mm and 21.52mm glass thinknesses.
Each thickness is required to meet a certain criteria in a building. Whether it is domestic, commercial, internal or external.
Please contact us for more information on the building regulations.

What height of glass do I need to order

The distance between the underside of the channel to the bottom edge of the glass is approximately 18mm for all glass thicknesses.
For base fixed channel and a target barrier height of 1100mm we suggest ordering glass at 1085mm high.

Does the aluminium channel need to be seen?

The channel is available in a base fixed version or side drilled version.
The side fixed version can be bolted to the outside face of the balustrading area, as such is visible from the outside but on the inside of the area all you see if the glass coming out the floor. The out side face can also be covered later by cladding over the visible side.
It is also possible to have the channel hidden. Again there are a couple of methods where an area in a concrete floor can be dug out and the channel can sit in the trench, this will make the glass appear it is coming out the floor.
It is quite popular to install the channel below floor level and to lay the floor almost into the glass. This is why we have tested the system to 1200mm high allowing an additional 100mm of room to increase the floor level by.

Do I need to clean the aluminium?

We recommend you do clean the aluminium with warm soapy water that has no corrosive properties, this should not need to be done more than twice a year. In coastal areas this will need to increase to a minimum of once per quarter. More information can be found in our downloads section.