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After at least five years in the making, the Heritage and Big Lottery funded Highfields Park restoration project in Nottingham is finally complete, and Friday 31st August saw it’s official reopening. Some of the Alpha Rail staff involved on the project attended the afternoon event as VIP ticket holders.

The VIP attendees got the opportunity to listen to speeches given by various parties involved in the Highfields Park restoration project, which was followed by a community event with live music and a buffet. Visitors were also able to enjoy rowing a boat on the now fully-opened lake which is a centre piece attraction of the park. The lake had been temporarily off limits due to an accumulation of silt. As part of the restoration over 3,500 cubic meters of silt was removed to increase the depth of the lake to allow boating. Other restoration works included the refurbishment and manufacture of new metal railings, a renovated boating ticket office and pavilion, resurfaced pathways and the refurbishment of vintage park furniture.

Alpha Rail’s role in the Highfields Park project involved the removal of over 250 metres of existing railings which were taken back to our premises for refurbishment and repair. In addition, over 300m of new metal railings were manufactured to match the existing metalwork and make sure the aesthetics of the park were successfully retained. These were factory spray painted in Brunswick Green (NCS Ref: 6030-G30Y) in order to reflect the colours of the County brand identity.

Neil Mason and Paul Johnson at Highfields Park Restoration Project re-opning on 31 August 2018

Pictured: Contracts Manager Neil Mason and Senior Estimator Paul Johnson

The grand opening was enjoyed by all, and with stunning weather to match, it truly was a prime example of how our public parks should be enjoyed.

Phil Ball, Sales Director at Alpha Rail said, “It’s been amazing to see the dedication to this project by everyone involved. In the face of a disaster following a forced change in contractor, WMP Contracting was appointed by Nottinghamshire City Council as the new main contractor. Alpha Rail continued works to see the project through to completion. As such, we are proud of being invited as VIPs to be the first of many to enjoy the revamped park.”

One visitor reported to a local news team that they were highly impressed with the finished result, commenting on how beautiful the park looks – and that they particularly liked the railings!

Alpha Rail is passionate about our public spaces and the preservation and taking care of them, and are delighted to see this long running but rewarding project finally reach completion after the unfortunate demise of Carillion earlier on in the year. Thanks to our 30+ years’ experience and ability to manufacture bespoke metalwork to meet the customer’s exact requirements. Alpha Rail has been involved in numerous park restoration projects where our metal railings and gates have helped to bring a park back to life. Examples of our previous work on parks and public spaces can be viewed by clicking here.

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