This location is one of the sweetest locations that we have been invited to work in. Beautifully maintained and light Victorian properties encircle a magnificent church, built in 1854 by John Pritchard.
The customer's main priority was creating a design that reflected the features of the church railings, and fitted with neighbouring properties.
We used a 'half & half' method to conceal welds and give the appearance of hand forged railings. When the original property railings were made in the 1800's, they would have been crafted in a traditional forge by a blacksmith. We carefully remove the top welds with careful linishing by hand. We then hand drill holes through which to pass the bars, replicating traditional practice. Historically accurate finials were then selected by the client to adorn the bars.
The careful choice meant that the design was seamless when places next to the neighbour's existing installation. Some of our most rewarding work is replacing railings and gates that were uplifted from their stone bed for the 2nd world war efforts. The yellow bricks of this crescent's low wall are a personal favourite of mine too.
The client chose a satin black powder coat finish, resilient and near perfect in finish, whilst letting a little of the metal work's character show.
We deployed the weld wrap technique on the gates 'crown'. It is worth taking the time on details like this. Tactile, quality finishes strong enough to handle constant use and the elements.
We use barrel hinges as the first choice for our gates, machined and engineered for beauty and resilience!