Grosvenor & Hilbert Park undergoes lottery funded restoration

Metal railings and gates manufacturer Alpha Rail has been involved in supplying architectural metalwork for Grosvenor and Hilbert Park in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a project which is on the shortlist for a BALI award in the category for “Best Regeneration Scheme over £500k”

Having previously done many projects on behalf of the main contractors, Blakedown Landscapes (SE), Alpha Rail was contracted to manufacture metal railings for a variety of locations within the park including Oast House, Marnock Lake and The Hub.

A stunning entrance gate was supplied which Alpha Rail manufactured from steel plating. This featured imagery of a tree with falling leaves that were laser profiled into the metalwork. This impressive plate steel gate is the entrance to the new park compound and placed between a line of newly installed pleached lime trees. This structure was supplied accompanied by supportive metal framing and mounting pillars.

For Oast House, Marnock Lake and Wetlands, handrail balustrade was installed and mounted on retaining walls using circular posts. These posts were core drilled into concrete and finished with circular cover plates to prevent water dripping down and pooling in the base of the posts.

In the ballgames area, interlaced bowtop metal railings was supplied to be installed around a lawned bowling green area. This helped to prevent any unauthorised entry and a single leaf gate was installed to provide pedestrian access to the area.

Chris Wellbelove from Blakedown Landscapes SE said “We have used Alpha Rail on many occasions in the past because they provide high quality products and have always proved to be an extremely reliable.”

The Grosvenor and Hilbert Park was opened in 1889 and is a popular recreation area that is well known for hosting events. The land also includes two woodland areas that classify it as a local nature reserve.


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