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War Memorial Railings Restoration, Cannock Chase


Hednesford, Cannock Chase


Project Overview

Dating back to 1922, Hednesford War Memorial contains the names of soldiers who died in the both the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled Cannock Council to restore and make improvements to the memorial. The works have included new pathways to link the cemetery to other parts of Hednesford Park, replanting with new shrubs, resurfacing the paths, trimming trees, and restoration of metal railings and the entrance gates and pillars.

Alpha Rail Solution

Our ability to provide bespoke architectural metalwork for war memorial railings restoration projects led to Alpha Rail being called in to manufacture and supply matching metal railings to replace those that had been damaged beyond repair.

 Alpha Rail was provided with an existing panel and initially manufactured a sample panel and drawings for inspection to ensure that it closely matched the existing railings. In total, over 150 linear meters of 1600 high swan neck railings were replaced with railings, bespoke manufactured by Alpha Rail to closely match the existing style and design.

Specialist landscaping and civil engineering company, Jack Moody LCE Limited was the appointed contractor is partnership with Barr & Grosvenor Ltd, a Wolverhampton-based family run foundry and machine shop manufacturer which specialises in architectural conservation involving metalwork.

Peter Scholes, Principal Landscape & Countryside Officer at Cannock Chase Council was the overall landscape architect/project manager.


"This was a high profile project with lots of vested interest from the local community. It was important that the design of the metal railings was a close match to the existing railings. Alpha Rail was the number one choice due to our past experience of their attention detail and high quality manufacturing process."
- Robbie Seagrove, Quantity Surveyor at Jack Moody LCE Limited

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