Comfort and style

Dylan’s restaurant, in the Victorian Welsh coastal town of Criccieth, looked to maximise the comfort of its seating areas to make the most of its outdoor space as lockdown restrictions eased.

Dylan’s added a frameless glass balustrade to the terrace, to protect customers from coastal breezes without negatively impacting on the views; TuffX supplied 30 panels of 15mm toughened safety glass with dubbed corners.

The balustrade channel was fitted on a staggered curve, to follow the sweeping shape of the glass-fronted building. Inspired by the Art Deco movement, the 1950s grade two-listed building was designed by architectural icon Clough Williams Ellis, who is most famous for his whimsical Portmeirion Village, further along the coast.

TuffX’s high-quality glass for the balustrade meant the exterior appearance of the building remained unobstructed. Inside, diners can continue to enjoy the beautiful light and views courtesy of the floor-to ceiling glass windows, while those outside can now dine in comfort protected from sea winds, enjoying the same unimpaired scenic backdrop.

Graham Price, TuffX’s managing director, said: “Not many restaurants can boast a view or a building like Dylan’s, and the glass balustrade provides the perfect, practical addition to make the most of them.

“For all food and drink establishments, this past year has meant re-evaluating the value of outdoor seating areas and the importance of providing customers with the option of comfortable and appealing outside spaces. Updating or introducing balustrades like this, made from toughened safety glass, is a simple way for venues to add a safe, easy-to-maintain and modern solution to improve their outdoor areas.”