On a recent visit I came across these metal gates in Newcastle on the perimeter of Newcastle United Football Ground, the legendary St James’ Park.
I was struck by the fact that despite the modernisation of the ground the metal gates bearing the name “St James’ Park” have been retained, yet there was a brick wall behind meaning the gates serves no purpose other than to act as a decorative feature.
This prompted me to look up the history of the development of the ground and whilst reading it was very apparent as to how difficult it has been for the club to develop such an impressive stadium – or “nest’ for the Magpies!
The full history can be read on the NUFC website http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Club/History/StJamesPark .
St James’ Park now has a ground capacity for over 50,000 people and when you read the history of the ground it really is an eye opener. It’s an interesting insight into the difficulties one might face when dealing with a variety of stakeholders who all have differing opinions, yet have significant decision-making influence over what is allowed to go ahead.
As the years of debate have unfolded, little wonder then, given the mix of ambitions that the infamous entrance gates have been retained in a mark of respect to Newcastle United’s past heritage and the loyalty of the fans that will have passed through these gates over the last century.
Whilst Alpha Rail can claim no part in restoring and installing the gates at St James Park, we have been involved in maintaining the history and heritage of a number of sites. Some of our restoration projects have included the Jack Hobbs Gates at the Kia Oval in Surrey and a number of memorials and monuments that are now proudly on display in public parks and gardens across the UK.
The next time you are considering a park restoration project that require metal railings and gates why not give Alpha Rail a call?Tags: Newcastle United Metal entrance gates