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Alpha Rail has contributed towards the restoration of a Grade II* listed museum having been appointed to manufacture and install vertical bar metal railings as part of a project to restore the iconic Whitehall Museum.

Built in the 15thCentury, Whitehall Museum is a timber framed Tudor building which sits in the picturesque village of Cheam in the London Borough of Sutton.

Due to Whitehall’s rich history and collection of historical manuscripts and artwork, Sutton Council desperately wanted to renovate the building in order to help promote Whitehall Museum as a heritage destination and encourage tourism surrounding community.

In 2016, Heritage Lottery Fund granted £1.5m towards the redevelopment and along with donations totalling £150,000 from Sutton Council and Friends of Whitehall, restoration work began in 2017.

The funds raised have allowed contractors on site to address a number of issues including a damp problem within the main building, and the removal of intrusive 20thcentury fixtures to restore the original features of this iconic building.

The main contractor working on the restoration project was R Durtnell & Sons Ltd. They appointed Alpha Rail to manufacture, supply and install vertical bar metal railings.

Metal Railings at Whitehall Museum

In total, 41 metres of galvanised 1100mm high flat top railings were supplied and fixed to the top of brickwork, and a further 19 metres of varying height decorative vertical bar metal railings were installed to the outer perimeter of the property. In order to maintain as many original features of this wooden building the vertical bar metal railings were affixed to existing solid oak posts.

Alpha Rail also installed 20 linear metres of handrail which was fixed to walls running alongside pathways.

All metalwork manufactured was supplied galvanised and polyester powder coated RAL 9005 to provide protection from rust and adverse weather conditions.

Commenting on behalf of R Durtnell & Sons Ltd, Alf Greenaway said “The redevelopment of the Whitehall Museum is of major significance to the Borough as it is one of our oldest and most historic buildings. There was a real focus to restore as many original features as possible and Alpha Rail has helped to deliver that brief using bespoke metalwork.”

Phil Ball, Sales Director at Alpha Rail added “With funds to restore parks and heritage buildings in the UK getting scarcer and scarcer, it was pleasing to see the commitment made by all parties involved to raise funding to restore this magnificent Tudor building. This has enabled vital repairs to be carried out and hopefully help the museum to provide a programme of activities to encourage more people learn about British heritage.”

If you would like to see how vertical bar metal railings have featured on other heritage sites across the country, please visit our project library.