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forest recreational ground

Nottingham based metal railings and gates specialist, Alpha Rail has just completed its final piece of work on a £300,000 project to replace and refurbish a number of sites at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham.

This Forest Recreation Ground project is the fourth in a long run of prestigious projects the company has completed. Other high profile projects have included; The Jack Hobbs gates at the Kia Oval cricket ground, new metal railings and gates within Beacon Park in Lichfield which was recently opened by HRH Princess Anne, and the play area railings surrounding the award winning London Landmark, Jubilee Gardens which were opened on the Southbank of the Thames, adjacent to the London Eye to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Forest Recreation Ground, which is perhaps more famously known as the site of the legendary “Goose Fair” which takes place every October, has recently benefited from  £5.2million investment to restore and refurbish historic features including the Pavilion and Grade II Listed Lodge as well as improvements to football pitches, play areas, bowls greens and a number of designated leisure walks. The new railings have been painted green and finished with bespoke finials bearing the crest of Nottingham.

Alpha Rail were appointed by Carillion and worked alongside landscape architects, LDA design based in Peterborough. The company manufactured all metal work at its factory in Kirkby in Ashfield, as well as providing painted, large cast iron feature entrance pillars bearing The Forest name. In total over 620 linear metres of railings and six of gates were installed at various locations across the site.

Commenting, Sales Director, Phil Ball said, “Alpha Rail has built its reputation for quality craftsmanship through our involvement in high profile projects. Our particular expertise is in ensuring past heritage is respected and reflected in the bespoke metalwork we manufacture, so that areas are safely protected and the community can continue to enjoy their local parks and memorial gardens.”

Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Reinstating the railings around the park is a key part of the Forest restoration, they are an important feature that will improve the overall appearance of the park and will help restore the site to its former glory. With an estimated 750,000 visits per year we want the park to be welcoming and for Nottingham people to feel proud of the city’s heritage.”

Founded in 1985, Alpha Rail employs 40 people including skilled technicians who create 3D CAD designs from architectural drawings. The workshop team then work from these drawings to fabricate, weld, mill and turn steel rods, and square or hollow sections of steel into bespoke metal railings and gates. To ensure longevity and protect against the elements, products are fully galvanized before being painted in a range of colour choices, before being professionally installed on site.

Nottingham City Council, the Partnership Council, Castle Cavendish Foundation and Friends of the Forest, worked together to successfully secure funding worth £5.2 million to restore the site to its former glory.

The £5.2 funding is made up of:

£3.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund

£2 million from Nottingham City Council, Castle Cavendish Foundation and local development contributions.