The installation of new metal railings and gates has formed part of the regeneration of Lightwoods Park. This is a £5.2m park restoration project which will see the Grade II listed house and park gardens transformed back to its former glory.
Built in 1791, Lightwoods House and Park is located in Bearwood, West Midlands. Over the years the condition of the house and gardens had deteriorated and having been vacated in 2008, it had slipped into a very poor state of repair.
With the help of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery (BIG) funding, the park restoration project will renovate the property and enable it to become a high quality venue, capable of hosting public and private events.
A feature of the park restoration is the garden, opened in 1903, which contains specimens of the plants mentioned by Shakespeare. The restoration project has enabled many of its historical elements to be brought back to life with the additions of drinking fountains, and a 19th century bandstand. As part of the project, Alpha Rail has supplied metal railings adjacent to footpaths that lead the way to a brand new play area.
Alpha Rail were contracted by Heritage Building & Conservation to supply and install bespoke vertical bar metal railings.
In total over 180 metres of metal vertical bar railings of various heights were supplied and installed of which 123m were rooted into concrete foundations. The remaining 60m were diamond drilled into coping stones mounted on top of a retaining wall. Some of the railings featured a backstay support to provide additional stability.
In addition to this, three double leaf gates were also supplied. Originally the gates were mounted onto cast iron support posts which Alpha Rail were asked to replace. This involved working with a local cast iron foundry in order to ensure that these added posts were accurately replicated to the Architects plans.
All of the metal railings were supplied galvanised and painted on site once installed.
Mark Brookes, a senior contracts manager at the Main Contractor, Heritage Building & Conservation said “It was a pleasure to work alongside Alpha Rail, they provided a very professional service. Everyone we dealt with was deeply knowledgeable and I would have no hesitation in recommending Alpha Rail for any future projects we may have requiring bespoke metal railings and gates.”
On behalf of Alpha Rail, Sales Director, Phil Ball added “I always find it disheartening to see esteemed heritage properties like Lightwoods House in such a sorry state of repair. Thankfully with the help of grant funding, Alpha Rail has been able to play its part in a project which can restore gems like this to their former glory”
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