As part of a programme to improve the quality of life for residents, Plymouth City Council selected five locations for regeneration, including the Teats Hill area of the city where an existing play area was revamped with new equipment to reflect its marine heritage. In addition to the play area transformation, an amphitheatre was built to accommodate educational activities, public events and performances.
Teats Hill flats, originally built in the 1930s and offering excellent sea views near the National Marine Aquarium, were also renovated during the project. Current building regulations meant a handrail of at least 1100mm high was required to protect people from falls from the wall surrounding the flats.
Sentry® residential railings were installed on top of a small wall used for demarcation. With a tubular construction and welded stopped pale-through-rail design, the railings provide a strong but lightweight safety fencing solution. Careful consideration was given to preserve the original features of the building during the renovation, so the metal railings by Jacksons were ideal. They are designed to offer a more convenient, modern alternative to traditional wrought iron railings, while providing the same elegant appearance. As with all Jackson's steel products, the railings are hot dipped galvanised inside and out for long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion, and were additionally polyester powder-coated black to provide a durable and attractive solution to match the renewed aesthetic of the building.
Importantly, the pale spacing of the railings conforms to building regulations, which state that a 100mm sphere should not be able to pass between pales, to prevent a trap hazard, which is particularly essential in areas where children can come into close contact with the fence.