Bespoke steel handrails have added the finishing touches to a Victorian pumping station which has been restored to its former glory as part of a multi-million pound development.
Dating back to 1873, The Lakeside was originally Bestwood Pumping Station, one of three steam-powered pumping stations purpose-built to supply clean water to Nottingham in the late Victorian Era.
In the late 90’s the facility was converted into a leisure facility but had sat empty since 2017 and fallen into a state of disrepair.
In 2019 the complex was purchased by business partners Amy Harrad and Richard Berridge, who have since invested £7m to transform the Grade II listed building it into a new wedding venue and dining destination.
As part of the redevelopment Essential Projects was contracted by Samclo Ltd to supply and install bespoke powder coated steel handrails to the existing stone staircase leading to the iconic Tower Suite.
The new handrails helped the site comply with Part K buildings regulations, which addresses the legislation around the fitting of safety measures on staircases, ramps and ladders.
Commenting on the project, Managing Director, Eliot Saxton said “As a Nottingham based metal and glass fabrication business, it was great to supply and install metalwork to an iconic building that was on our doorstep. Although we only played a small part in the redevelopment, our handrails not only help the Lakeside comply with building regulations, but they also add the finishing touches to the décor, with a lovely powder coated finish.”
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