Al Fresco Dining is Even Better at Barrafina Thanks to Our Balustrade

Barrafina Restaurant, London

Coals Drops Yard near Kings Cross is London’s newest shopping district. Home to a parade of high-end restaurants and fashion boutiques, it’s the place to be for trendy types or professionals looking for a bite to eat on their lunch break.


If you fancy Spanish cuisine then make a beeline for Barrafina. You’ll know when you’re there as it’s the restaurant on the upper floor, in the shade of the old gasworks and surrounded by eye-catching glass channels. SWR are proud to say we supplied and installed the glass channel system for this amazing property in London.

There were some challenges to overcome before the work could be finished however. The contract changed hands to RIB Joinery late in the process which meant SWR were hired to supply and install the balustrade just two weeks before the restaurant was opening. This gave us no room for error despite the quick turn-around time.

The project also required two detailed site surveys, both taken at different stages during the construction process. This was because other building work was going on at the time so we had to be sure the surrounding area remained the same while balustrade was being fitted.

Drawings were produced by the surveyor to ensure our fabricators could cut the aluminium track to the exact dimensions required. Once all preparation was finished, installing the glass channel system could begin.

Barrafina is located in a modern part of London so it was important the balustrade complemented the main building and blended with the wider district of Coal Drops Yard. Our frameless glass channel fulfils today’s need for clean, understated design that won’t compromise the view of the surrounding area.

This system is available in four different finishes: mill, aluminium, stainless-steel effect or coated in RAL colours. It’s also independently certified to ensure the highest standards of safety. Whether for a commercial property like Barrafina or your own home, our systems look great and are built to last.

The Installation

Due to the restricted timeframe, our fitters had to attend the site on five occasions and work late throughout the second week to finish the glazing installation. The tracks were laid down first and then glass panes installed. Each pane was 21.5mm thick, reinforced with toughened laminate glazing and stood at 1300mm high for a uniform look.

The end results were worth it. Our frameless glass channel system was installed before the restaurant’s grand opening and complements the overall look of the building.

SWR are experts in delivering projects on time, on budget and to your exact specifications. If you’d like us to take control of your balustrade project then please contact us. You won’t be disappointed.

“I would like to thank SWR for your efforts and the behind the scenes push you gave in order for us to hand over the refurbishments to a very happy client. I would welcome the opportunity to work with your team again.” Bob Dedman - Director of RIB Joinery




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