Grosvenor and Hilbert Park in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was opened in 1889, and is a popular recreation area and well known for hosting events. The land also includes two woodland areas that classify it as a local nature reserve. In 2016 the park gained Heritage and Big Lottery Funding to renovate a number of key areas.
Having gained much publicity and popular acclaim for the works taking place, the project was shortlisted for a BALI award in the category for “Best Regeneration Scheme over £500k”
Royal Tunbridge Wells Borough Council had appointed Blakedown Landscapes (SE) Ltd as the main contractors for the project. Having previously done many projects on behalf of Blakedown, Alpha Rail was contracted to manufacture metal railings for a variety of locations within the park including Oast House, Marnock Lake and The Hub.
A stunning entrance gate was supplied which Alpha Rail manufactured from steel plating. This featured imagery of a tree with falling leaves that were laser profiled into the metalwork. This impressive plate steel gate is the entrance to the new park compound and placed between a line of newly installed pleached lime trees. This structure was supplied accompanied by supportive metal framing and mounting pillars.
For Oast House, Marnock Lake and Wetlands, handrail balustrade was installed and mounted on retaining walls using circular posts. These posts were core drilled into concrete and finished with circular cover plates to prevent water dripping down and pooling in the base of the posts.
In the ballgames area, 55 metres of 500mm high interlaced bow top metal railings was supplied to be installed around a lawned bowling green area. This helped to prevent any unauthorised entry and a single leaf gate was installed to provide pedestrian access to the area.
All metalwork was supplied galvanized and polyester powder coated RAL7021 Black Grey in accordance with to BS7017.
Chris Wellbelove from Blakedown Landscapes SE said “We have used Alpha Rail on many occasions in the past because they provide high quality products and have always proved to be an extremely reliable.”
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