Sector Culture and heritage
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Site survey
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Installation
Year completed 2018
Project location East Midlands
Client Chatsworth House Trust
Products used Vertical bar railings
 
 

Context

Built in 1560 and located in the heart of Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is one of the UK’s favourite country houses. Seeing over 600,000 paying visitors per year, and even more who enjoy the park and woodland for free, the ever-popular location is ideal for walking and enjoying nature, as well as seeing the fantastic pieces of history within the house itself.

What was once a wooden fence and evergreen shrubbery, neither of which was successful as animals could get through, metal railings existed that were set into ornamental base stones. Chatsworth House Trust decided that it would like to match these historic railings in order to continue the aesthetics that tied in with the overall style of the estate.

Work undertaken

Chatsworth House Trust found Alpha Rail online and discovered that they were based relatively close to the house. Following the initial enquiry, Alpha Rail visited the site to discuss requirements in order to help them move forward with the project.

In total, 71 linear metres of bespoke vertical bar railings were supplied and installed to match the existing metalwork on site. These were diamond-drilled into the ornamental base stones and utilised backstays in order to provide maximum rigidity in the metalwork. The vertical bar railings were galvanised as standard, followed by a polyester powder coat in BS 18 C 39 Ocean Blue – a special colour that was used to match the distinct blue that is featured across the estate.

Testimonial

Commenting, Steve Porter, Head of Gardens and Landscape at Chatsworth House said: “All of our dealings with the Alpha Rail team have been positive and constructive. They overcame any challenges and delivered a high-quality product, all on budget and on time. Alpha Rail have succeeded in helping us retain the aesthetics of the estate, which is a key element to keep these stately homes as they were originally, so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.”


Context

Built in 1560 and located in the heart of Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is one of the UK’s favourite country houses. Seeing over 600,000 paying visitors per year, and even more who enjoy the park and woodland for free, the ever-popular location is ideal for walking and enjoying nature, as well as seeing the fantastic pieces of history within the house itself.

What was once a wooden fence and evergreen shrubbery, neither of which was successful as animals could get through, metal railings existed that were set into ornamental base stones. Chatsworth House Trust decided that it would like to match these historic railings in order to continue the aesthetics that tied in with the overall style of the estate.

Work undertaken

Chatsworth House Trust found Alpha Rail online and discovered that they were based relatively close to the house. Following the initial enquiry, Alpha Rail visited the site to discuss requirements in order to help them move forward with the project.

In total, 71 linear metres of bespoke vertical bar railings were supplied and installed to match the existing metalwork on site. These were diamond-drilled into the ornamental base stones and utilised backstays in order to provide maximum rigidity in the metalwork. The vertical bar railings were galvanised as standard, followed by a polyester powder coat in BS 18 C 39 Ocean Blue – a special colour that was used to match the distinct blue that is featured across the estate.

Testimonial

Commenting, Steve Porter, Head of Gardens and Landscape at Chatsworth House said: “All of our dealings with the Alpha Rail team have been positive and constructive. They overcame any challenges and delivered a high-quality product, all on budget and on time. Alpha Rail have succeeded in helping us retain the aesthetics of the estate, which is a key element to keep these stately homes as they were originally, so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.”


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