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Warley woods refurbishment

Alpha Rail has been involved in a project to carry out metal gate repairs at Warley Woods, a public park located in Smethwick, in the West Midlands.

Although Warley Woods has a history dating back some 500 years, it was opened as a park in 1906. In 1999, Warley Woods Community Trust, in partnership with Sandwell MBC, received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to embark on a programme of restoration. Since then, a number of regeneration projects have taken place to further improve the appearance of the park.

The Alpha Rail project involved visiting the site to assess the scope of works. We submitted our quotation and upon appointment revisited the site to remove three single leaf gates and transport them back to our factory in Kirkby in Ashfield where we carried out a number of repairs which included fitting three new heavy duty hinges. The gates were then returned to Warley Woods and installed on site where we also fitted a new stop post.

Commenting on the work Alpha Rail carried out, Viv Cole, trust manager for Warley Woods said, “We have had persistent problems with these gates and a number of repairs had failed.  Alpharail were able to offer clear advice on a solution to the problem.  Their customer service and communication was excellent and the repairs done promptly.  The gates are now in perfect working order again and we are really pleased that this on-going headache has been solved.”

Warley Woods is listed as a grade II on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and was recently awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award by the environmental charity “Keep Britain Tidy.” A Green Flag recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country and signifies that it is maintained to the highest possible standards and has excellent facilities.

The park is 100 acres (40 hectares) in size and comprises a meadow, extensive woodlands and a public golf course.