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Chipping Norton Town Square

Alpha Rail has helped to improve the landscape for residents of Chipping Norton by manufacturing and installing metal railings for its town centre.

 Chipping Norton is a market town in the Cotswold Hills in Oxfordshire.

It is the highest town in Oxfordshire, situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a Norman castle. ‘Chipping’ is derived from ceapen, an old English word meaning market. Alternatively the meaning comes from the medieval word Chepynge meaning long Market Square.

The Town Council wanted to replace unsightly and broken aluminium coloured railings that were in a very bad state of repair and held together with bits of cable ties and wire. With no funding available from the County Council, the Town Council was tasked with raising funds and sourcing a supplier to replace the railings.

Chipping Norton Town Square

Alpha Rail supplied 23m of 1200 high Kennington railings and 9 metres of base plated M1 pedestrian guardrail as these most closely matched other existing metal railings. Part of the project brief involved bespoke manufacture to cater for land which sloped up and down, as well as a request to match finials on some existing metal railings. This demonstrated Alpha Rail’s ability to deliver of projects that require a degree of intricate detail that are slightly out of the ordinary. The metal railings were supplied galvanized and powder coated black RAL 9005 with gold plated finials.

Commenting, Mike Tysoe, Mayor of Chipping Norton said, “Alpha Rail’s service was exemplary. They did a professional survey and right from the start came up with excellent design recommendations, a competitive price and a sensible programme for completion of the works. The finished project looks great and Chipping Norton has the new railings we so desperately needed. The whole Town is delighted with them.”