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Firm has opened Gates in Historic Refurbishment

05 November 2013

A local firm has played its part in the refurbishment of a 19th century gate to celebrate one of Scotland’s most historic parks.

Scottish Galvanizers, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has teamed up with local restorer, Hector McGarva of Samuel McGarva and Son, to fully refurbish the structural components of Glasgow’s Golden Jubilee Gates, situated in the city’s Victoria Park, in celebration of its 125th anniversary.

The gates – which were originally manufactured in 1887 by Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry and were gifted to the burgh from the ‘Ladies of Partick’ to commemorate the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s reign – sit between four gate pillars which incorporate imperial crowns bearing the date 1887 as well as various portraits of the Queen.

Paul Tait, Commercial Manager of Scottish Galvanizers, explained: “The Golden Jubilee Gates were in need of refurbishment having been subjected to layers of paint over the past 125 years, as well as damage and weathering. Working closely with Hector McGarva and his team to ensure that the structural work was still intact, the gates were carefully removed and were delivered to our facility to be shot blasted. This removed all of the paint and returned it to bare steel, which will allow the gates to be repaired, repainted, and restored to their former glory.”

Hector McGarva, said: “We’re thrilled to have worked with the team at Scottish Galvanizers on this momentous project, especially as we are celebrating our own 50th year of partnership. The gates are a hugely important part of Glasgow’s heritage and this refurbishment project will see them have a new lease of life, helping protect them for another 125 years.”

The original maroon colour on the gates is thought to have represented the old Partick Burgh colours and the gold is associated with Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, which is also documented on various parts of the gates. The proposed new maroon and gold colour scheme will not only celebrate the park’ s 125th anniversary, but will reflect the colours originally represented when the park was formally opened by Sir Andrew MacLean in 1887.

Wedge Group Galvanizing is the largest hot dip galvanizing organisations in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years.  With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service. 

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