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Alpha Rail has recently supplied Playspec Bow Top railings to a school in Sussex.

Our Playspec Bow Top system is the ideal choice for schools. As well as looking the part, these railings are designed to meet the anti-entrapment requirements of the BS EN 1176 Play Equipment Safety standard. This ensures that the gaps between infills do not exceed 89mm in order to reduce the risk of children becoming trapped between the rails.

Cumnor House is a school based in Sussex and is one of the country’s leading independent day and boarding schools for 2-13 year-old boys and girls. When planning to create a new space in which the school’s Reception aged (five-year olds) would play, a solution was needed in order to keep the space safe and prevent any unauthorised access.

After finding us online, Cumnor House contacted Alpha Rail in order to discuss their requirements – A boundary for the new area that looks aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly will ensure safety for the children.

Cumnor House Trust School

Cumnor House Trust School

It was decided by the school that wooden fencing would not be good enough in this instance – the benefits of metal railings was much preferred, namely the longevity and rigidity of the materials, as wooden fencing could not compete in this field. A need for ongoing maintenance such as repainting or replacing panels that have deteriorated in the weather was not suitable. It was also taken into account that there may be a risk of the children getting splinters from the wood.

In total, 32 linear metres of 1800mm high Playspec Bow Top was supplied to the school, which was hot dipped galvanized to BS EN ISO 1461 as standard, followed by a polyester powder coated finish in RAL 6005 Moss Green. The railings will provide an effective barrier that will keep the young children inside the area, allowing them to play safely.

Matt Mockridge, Deputy Headmaster at Cumnor House School, commented: “The railings supplied by Alpha Rail look smart, and we were particularly impressed by the ease of installation with the supplied posts. Our new area is now extremely secure yet attractive, and we look forward to enjoying the long-term benefits of choosing metal instead of wooden fencing. Our children will now be able to play safely in this area for many years to come.”

If you would like to know more about our Playspec Bow Top system and how it can be the perfect solution for schools and children’s play areas, visit our website.