Local companies start work in Montpellier Gardens

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Local companies start work in Montpellier Gardens

Two local companies start restoration work this month in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham. Civil engineering and Sports Surface contractors, Grimshaw Group, will begin to resurface the six remaining tennis courts. A new weld mesh fence will also be installed around the courts.

Russell Grimshaw, Managing Director of the Grimshaw Group, says: “As a Cheltenham based company, we are delighted to be involved in such a major project for our town and our skilled teams are proud to be working on a contract that will benefit their local community.”

Cotswold Forge will begin to install the railings which will run from the A40 roundabout at the top of Montpellier Walk to the junction of Montpellier Walk and Montpellier Spa Road. The old plinth will be carefully removed to avoid damaging nearby tree roots, and will be replaced by a new stone plinth from the Forest of Dean. The railings and iron gate pillars will then be installed.

Project manager Vicky Webb, from the Cotswold Forge, says: "We are pleased to be working with the council and their contractors to improve the aesthetics of the town with new traditionally hand forged railings. Cheltenham gave up a considerable amount of decorative ironwork for the war effort in the early 1940's and we are constantly striving to replicate the original quality of design and craftsmanship in our work."

Cllr Chris Ryder says: "We are very pleased that two local companies are involved in the restoration work. Grimshaw Group are very experienced in this type of work and the resurfaced tennis courts will be a real asset to the local tennis community and all those thinking of taking up the game, as part of a New Year's resolution to get fit. The railings will be one of the most prominent features of the newly restored gardens and Cotswold Forge has an enviable reputation for the quality of their work.

"The project remains within budget thanks to the efforts of the design team lead by LDADesign, contractors Basil Wyatt and continued close scrutiny by the CBC project team."

Posted : 23/01/2007 19:47:09

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