Impact of Aluminium on Modern Architecture

The rate of innovation in the construction industry is central to advancement. With efficiency and cost-effectiveness at the heart of most design and build decisions, finding the best way of improving in these crucial areas without losing quality, or compromising on the final product, is - alongside profitability - what drives the sector forward.

One such advancement was the introduction of aluminium, with the Empire State Building becoming the first renowned structure to incorporate the metal in its window frames, following the deterioration of its previous steel components. 

Having been successfully installed in such an iconic build, incorporation of aluminium across the industry became popularised after the 1930s, although the uses for it weren’t as diverse as they might’ve been - which is something MultiBal has been developed to both expand and remedy. 

Environmental and longevity benefits

One of the most significant benefits of aluminium is its low environmental impact. Additionally, the longevity and hard-wearing nature of aluminium means it lasts much longer than other substances, due to its corrosion-resistance.

These outstanding corrosion-resistance properties heavily influenced the development of our aluminium balconies. We began by making products for use on North Sea oil platforms, so we understand the benefits of using aluminium in the face of extreme weather for a challenging sector. As such, our products have excellent corrosion-resistance properties compared to their steel alternatives, providing aesthetic, cost-effective benefits alongside the environmental advantages.

Furthermore, aluminium can be fully recycled when it is no longer required, allowing the same basic materials to be repurposed and rebuilt many times over, which is a huge environmental benefit when compared to metals that aren’t able to be recycled in the same way.

We take our environmental responsibilities seriously, and our products are made from aluminium which contains 75% recycled material. What’s more, the energy required to recycle aluminium is only 5% of that required for primary smelting. All MultiBal products are also fully recyclable at the end of their life.

Speed and Adaptability

Lighter and far easier to move around site, there is a reduced impact on manual handling, making site logistics easier - the burden on cranes and forklifts will be minimised, allowing for a better utilisation of on-site resource.

Due to their ability to be assembled off-site in a modular fashion, our aluminium based products can be made-to-measure and delivered when needed, maximising efficiency and making many projects more cost effective as a result. Additionally,  there is also no welding or fabrication required on-site.

We are able to work to short lead times and maintain an exceptionally high level of quality control - all of our products adhere to the British standard - which allows us to offer a better service to our valued customers.

Further to that, its lack of need for repainting and maintenance keeps down running repairs and costs. In addition, the product can be powder coated or anodised in line with most designs so that it can exist within the overall aesthetic of a project, enhancing the appearance and providing designers with greater autonomy and flexibility when finalising their plans. 

As such, our aluminium products can be painted in any RAL colour by AkzoNobel-approved painters, with an expected lifespan of more than 25 years, dependent on postcode.


While in the past architects may have had to factor in ongoing works and changes over time, aluminium allows them to have greater confidence in their projects lasting longer. On top of getting client approval for projects, having a long-term vision and plan for a project will tick many boxes for local authorities as well, which can be troublesome.

The benefits of aluminium are numerous, and specifying an aluminium balcony for your modern project, is likely to provide efficiency and cost-effectiveness, while upholding the highest standards of quality. 

Our in-house engineering team are able to customise any of our products to suit your requirements. To find out more about our engineering design service, email us at