Alpha Rail has been selected to carry out work in one of the most loved parks in Nottinghamshire. The metal railings and gate specialists have been appointed for the construction work which will take place on the campus of the University of Nottingham. There is a Grade II listed park located on University Boulevard which is currently in the middle of a significant level of renovation work.
Highfields Park is being worked on to remove the silt from the boating lake and to improve the infrastructure of the park. The work is being carried out with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme and Nottingham City County Council. The restoration has been valued at £4.8 million and the main contractor for the project is Carillion Plc. Alpha Rail has been appointed to the project by Carillion in July and will be operating on the site on an ongoing basis, taking down and replacing existing metal railings and gates at the park as well as carrying out restorations of the railings and gate in areas that need repairs and repainting.
For Alpha Rail the value of this contract is over £100,000 and will allow the company to sustain their current workforce of 50 people. The entire restoration project at the University Boulevard Park is expected to last 42 weeks, with plans to have all of the work complete by the middle of 2018.
It is thought that local parks seriously lack local funding. Highfields Park is iconic and popular with a large number of people therefore in order to preserve Highfields and other similar parks across the UK is vital that the gap in funding does not increase. The lack of funding for public parks could significantly damage the conditions and health of public parks across the nation.