Heritage lacework balustrades & friezes

Paddington Lace can advise clients on appropriate pattern selection, and supply and install new reproduction, Victorian Era style, metal balustrades and friezes. The balustrades are also specifically designed to comply with the Building Code of Australia requirement for legal minimum height.

The reproduction lace work utilised in our projects is sand cast from moulds taken from original cast iron and as such it is virtually indistinguishable from the original panels and friezes. Some designs still bear the actual patent registration numbers and original manufacturing foundry’s name from the 1800’s.

It is important to note that the sand cast lacework, which we only ever recommend installing, is much more authentic in appearance when compared to other low quality, thinner, die cast alternatives.

Another advantage of non ferrous sand casting, is that often missing and/ or damaged cast iron lace work can easily be duplicated by using an existing balustrade panel, frieze or sample as a mould. In this way, say, a unique pattern or uncommon cast iron design can be retained and restored in full.

The reproduction metal balustrades are also inherently markedly much lighter than cast iron (reducing balcony structural loads), and its inability to rust makes it extremely long lasting and maintenance free.

The reproduction lacework is supplied prepainted from a wide selection of highly durable and cost effective powder coat colours and finishes. This also facilitates quick installation times and eliminates the inconvenience, difficulty, time and cost associated with in-situ, manual painting.