Casey Group / Alpha Rail
Established in 1892, Grade II listed Cliffe Castle Park and Museum, in Keighley, North Yorkshire, was originally the spectacular home of a local Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer who had links with the family of US President Roosevelt.
The attraction has been a favourite location for residents over a number of years and, in an effort to improve the visitor experience, Bradford Council applied for Lottery Funding to redevelop many of the iconic sites within the park.
Heritage Lottery Funding was initially confirmed in 2013 through the Parks for People programme. £3.5m was allocated to the project and the remaining £500k had to be raised by Bradford Council.
This has allowed for the restoration many of the original buildings, features and statues to be restored back to their original Victorian splendor.
The £4 million restoration of the park began in June 2016, and was officially opened to the public on 10th December 2017.
Appointed by main contractor, the Casey Group, Alpha Rail was contracted to manufacture, supply and install 95m of various height flat-top balustrade and handrails.
Over half of the bespoke balustrade supplied was used to help provide a DDA-compliant access ramp leading to the newly refurbished glasshouse. In order to allow for the gradual rise of the gradient up to the access ramp, the metal railings were raked along the pathway.
Balustrade was also installed to steps leading to entrances to the glasshouse, bandstand, animal house and aviary.
The steel balustrade met both the demands of building regulations in providing a barrier to prevent people from falling from height or into stairwells, whilst also delivering an aesthetically pleasing visual effect.
Commenting on behalf of the Casey Group, Quantity Surveyor, Harry Hedley said: “Alpha Rail acted professionally throughout the project and had a very proactive approach towards health and safety whilst working on site. Everyone was co-operative and this helped to ensure works completed on time.”
On behalf of Alpha Rail, Sales Director, Phil Ball added: “Cliffe Castle Park is a special place for not just local residents but people who travel from outside the town to visit the museum and park. The funding raised has enabled a significant transformation to take place and I’m proud that Alpha Rail was able to help contribute to the restoration.”