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Alpha Rail helps with phase two transformation of historic York racecourse

Metal railings and gates specialist Alpha Rail has been appointed to help with phase two of the transformation of the enclosure area at York racecourse.


Established in 1731, with racing heritage tracing back to Roman times, York Races is one of the premier tracks in Europe and attracts over 360,000 racegoers each year.


It has played host to many spectacular events over the years, including hosting Royal Ascot in 2005 and The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival in 2006.


The £4m development of the Course Enclosure area will help to overhaul many of the historic buildings on site, as well as bring damp and flood prone facilities up to modern standards.


Alpha Rail was appointed by the main contractor Lindum Construction to help restore many of the original aesthetics of the enclosure area by manufacturing and installing metal railings and gates in designs typical of the era.


The company, which has its manufacturing facility in Huthwaite, Nottingham, supplied over 200m of 1,450mm-high balustrade which was installedat various facilities around and within the course enclosure perimeter.


Part of this included installing vertical bar metal railings with handrails to the upper levels of outdoor hospitality suites to ensure guests are prevented from falling from height.


The galvanised railings have been manufactured to incorporate heavy duty backstays to ensure the railings can withstand the load of guests who may lean against them whilst watching the racing.


Lindum Construction Contract Surveyor Lester Fisher said: “The Course Enclosure is an area of the racecourse which generations of families and racegoers have enjoyed for hundreds of years. This scheme seeks to address the challenges of the facilities which are located in the infield. Alpha Rail has helped to retain many of original features with the installation of metal railings, which was certainly one of our goals from the outset.”


Phil Ball, Sales Director at Alpha Rail, said: “York Racecourse is steeped in a rich history of racing tradition, so it was a privilege to be part of the redevelopment of such an iconic venue. The metal railings we have installed have helped to meet our clients project requirements of wanting to retain original features whilst also ensuring the safety of guests.”