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Pets Corner, a small free to enter farm within Harlow Town Park has had a make over and Alpha Rail was delighted to supply architectural metalwork and metal railings.

Dating back to 1957 Harlow Town Park has been an idyllic surrounding enjoyed by all the local community. The park covers 164 acres and includes various water and garden features to entertain locals including Spurriers House, built in the 1860’s.

powder coated aluminum plate with perforated donkey

Amongst the parks features is Pets Corner, which recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Pets Corner is home to a wide variety of traditional farm animals whilst also housing more exotic animals such as reindeer, llamas and alpacas.

Harlow Council received £1.83m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund as part of the £2.83m restoration of the entire town, with around £800,000 allocated to the Pets Corner refurbishments.


powder coated aluminum plate with perforated donkey

As part of the refurbishments Alpha Rail was appointed by building contractor Bolt & Heeks to manufacture and install the metalwork.

This included several single leaf gates and 98 linear metres of  flat infill bar railings which were mounted around the edges of raised patio areas and stairwells to prevent falls. Stainless steel handrails were also supplied for installation on stairways. The railing mounting posts were rooted in brickwork using chemical anchors to ensure additional stability.

galvanized and powder coated trip rail

We also manufactured and supplied 100m of trip rail. This was installed around a central grassed area where animals graze to help keep the animals penned in whilst also providing a safe viewing for visitors.

galvanized and powder coated mild steel flat top railings and stainles steel handrails

In addition to this Alpha Rail manufactured a signature sliding gate arrangement for the entrance to Pets Corner. The sliding gate featured a perforated aluminum plate depicting an image of a donkey and the wording “Pets Corner” to provide a truly bespoke effect to the visitor entrance.

galvanized and powder coated mild steel flat top railings and stainles steel handrails

All metalwork was galvanized and powder coated to ensure its durability and low maintenance. The metal railings and sliding gate arrangement was painted green RAL 7002, the trip rails were painted white RAL 9010.

galvanized and powder coated mild steel flat top railings and stainles steel handrails

Feedback is that Harlow Town Council couldn’t be happier with the metalwork Alpha Rail has provided and are proud that they now have protective boundaries in place that help protect both animals and visitors.

Commenting, Alpha Rail, Sales Director Phil Ball said, “ Alpha Rail has a vast array of experience working on projects that involve the safety of the local community. We are proud that our ability to manufacture bespoke metalwork has delivered such a unique affect for visitors to enjoy.”