R108 Contemporary Bronze and Oak Railings

"... stylish, elegant, and bespoke metalwork ..."

Alderley Edge, Cheshire

These bronze and oak railings were designed by landscape architect Anne Windsor for a medieval manor house and its contemporary extension. The site is a scheduled ancient monument and there are major restrictions to the permissible groundwork. To overcome these limitations, the stone terrace is cantilevered away from the house to leave the ground beneath undisturbed.

The design of the railings and the curve of the terrace were inspired by the prow of an ocean liner. The forged bronze uprights were carefully finished to highlight their rich worked texture and will slowly develop a natural patina over time. Similarly, the green oak used to provide seating and an area for a bar/ barbecue, and the Corten steel  used for the gussets connecting the railings to the stonework, will be allowed to weather. This collection of materials has a time honoured palette of tones and textures that complements the unique and very special setting of the railings. More pictures and details of the railings being made can be seen on this blog page.

Contemporary Bronze Oak Railings beside a moat