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Alpha Rail has recently completed the installation of bespoke metal railings at the former residence of Otto Schiff, the British equivalent to Oskar Schindler.

metal railingsBorn in Germany, Otto Schiff moved to London in 1896 to pursue a career in banking, where he eventually became a lead partner in a City merchant banking firm. Some of his best work includes becoming the personal broker for the well renowned Rothschilds family.

A true philanthropist, Schiff’s influence stretched way beyond the realms of banking, with his most notable accomplishments coming through his humanitarian efforts helping thousands of Jewish refugees escape from Nazi occupied territory and into the UK. In recognition of his work he was awarded a CBE by George VI in 1939.

From the early 1930’s Schiff was in charge of the Jewish Refugees Committee who were responsible for securing the entry of Jews fleeing Germany and Austria. The committee supported the refugees financially and Schiff even used his own personal home in Hampstead, North London as a sanctuary for refugees.

Upon his death in 1952, Schiff gave his North London home over to be used as offices and a shelter for families who would have died in the holocaust.

Built in 1888, the house was sold in 2010 to a Jewish Care group and has since been converted into 14 flats split between Schiffs original house and a newly built adjacent pavilion with each flat valued up to £5m.

20170427_121435As part of the renovations works, Alpha Rail was contracted to install bespoke metal railings and gates that would add a boundary perimeter to the Netherall Gardens estate covering the original property and the newly built adjacent property.

The majority of the works involved installation of vertical bar metal railings set into diamond drilled holes into the perimeter redbrick wall. A combination of 800mm and 1100mm high metal railings were used and mounted using hollow section mounting posts. The railings were finished with a Fleur-de-lis style rail head finial.

Alpha Rail also manufactured and installed 35 metres of internal staircore balustrade featuring fixed timber handrails. We also supplied 1100mm balcony railings which were installed to a 1st floor outdoor patio area.

All metalwork was supplied galvanised and polyester powder coated black RAL 9005.

Phil Ball, Sales Director at Alpha Rail added “It was an honour to work on a residential property that has such historical significance. I am very pleased that the architectural metalwork we installed has really helped to retain the aesthetics of this fantastic property.”

To view other projects, where decorative metal railings have featured please visit our projects library.