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Alpha Rail appointed to install Electrofused Grating Fences at Princess Works project

Alpha Rail has recently completed the installation of electrofused grating fences for a £21m student accommodation redevelopment project in Sheffield.

The site known as the Princess Works, is located in the St Vincents Quarter of Sheffield and was previously a brass foundry before it closed in 1972.

In order to create the new student accommodation, the existing building had to be demolished to make way for archaeological investigation and site remediation works which had to be carried out to allow for the next development to be built.

The new development caters for 437 students and comprises of three residential blocks of between 6 and 8 storeys with a central communal landscaped courtyard.  The high specification brick and glass façade will house 144 studios and 293 en-suite cluster bedrooms along with a substantial communal hub area including common rooms, private study area, meeting rooms and a gym.


The project which is designed to be used by students from both of Sheffield’s illustrious Universities has been funded by a £21m investment from property development experts the Crosslane Group.

Alpha Rail was appointed by the main contractor, Create Construction to manufacture and install electrofused grating fences. In total, Alpha Rail supplied over 30 linear metres of varying height electrofused grating fences to provide a perimeter boundary around the new build project. In addition to this, one single leaf gate and four double leaf gates were also installed to enable students to pass through into the development and provide safe access in and out of the building.

All metalwork supplied to the project was galvanised and polyester powder coated RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey.

Commenting on behalf of Create Construction, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Matt Travis said “A great deal of planning, effort and determination has gone into this project, to ensure that it was ready for the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year. I am pleased that our dedication to the job has been matched by Alpha Rail who have also worked hard to enable us to meet this deadline.”

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