Before electric sliding gate- Richmond, Surrey
After- Timber electric sliding gate Richmond, Surrey
This is a recent electric sliding gate installation carried out by Renzland Powergates Ltd in Richmond, Surrey.
The entrance was modified to accommodate the new gates and give the client more parking spaces on the driveway. As the driveway is on a inclined hill, precise ground works were carried out ensure the gate ran smoothly and level.
The new timber gates are made from Entandrophragma cylindricum, commonly known as sapele or sapelli, it is a large tree native to tropical west Africa. It is reminiscent of mahogany and from the same family tree ha! Cadillac uses sapele wood for interior wood trim on its vehicles. It is a good compromise between the tough and extremely hard wearing properties of Iroko and the low cost of Softwood we would classify this as an entry level hardwood- therefore the rear of the gate was re-enforced with a metal framework that was galvanised with a black powder coat finish.
We have written an article on different species of timber used for automating gates which can be found here-
The Gate Automation will be provided by BFT a market leader in Gate Automation- All products we supply and fit come with a comprehensive 2 year warranty- extendable to 5 years for added peace of mind.
With gate power comes gate responsibility!- All Renzland electric gates installation is force tested and commissioned to comply with all current EU Safety legislation and BS EN 12453:2001 with additional safety edges fitted where necessary.
Our Richmond client was delighted with our work and a review can be found here–
Electric Gates Berkshire
Here is a recent installation for a multi user gate system in Ascot, Berkshire. The brief was to create an electric gate system which sympathetically blended in with the existing built environment whilst being well engineered for continuous usage.
The clients were unsure of the best way to build the entrance, so we came up with 2 suggestions-
- Modifying the existing piers and build new piers
- Removing existing piers and build new piers
Our design team took detailed dimensions and drafted both options on CAD which you can view below- option one was chosen as aesthetically the entrance looked more balanced with a narrower driveway and the additional 1000mm distorted the gate. This is where Renzland gates drive real value in to the project, very few Gate installation companies in Berkshire offer this level of detail and design consultancy expertise pre-build. This affords our clients complete piece of mind knowing exactly what they are getting for their money.
Due to constant use the gate motors needed to be heavy duty and very reliable therefore BFT SUB BT motors were chosen as they are a low voltage hydraulic operator built for very intensive use, suitable for any type of residential, industrial or multi-residence application. The motors are fitted with mechanical stops which eliminate the need for a physical gate stop which has been known to damage low suspension sports cars. The motors have a built in virtual encoder, guaranteeing maximum anti-crushing safety thanks to the electronic slowdown.
As there were several properties using this gated entrance we advised the client on a GSM based intercom. This is a wireless entry phone system which avoided any issues and saved the cost of taking up the brick driveway for cable runs and making good internally to the house. The system was mounted on a matching podium so visitors do not need to exit the vehicle.
The gates were hung from 2 substantial steel I beams (RSJ’s) located inside the piers they are then filled with concrete. This requires very precise setting out of the steelwork and onsite fabrication to ensure the gates align perfectly.
In our professional opinion this is the most secure way to hang gates on this type of application. Due to a sharp decline on the camber of the driveway to one side, the gates had a subtle infill at the bottom to make the gap less obvious. The gates are galvanised to BS EN ISO 1461 and powder coated to BS EN 13438 and BS EN 15773.
As you will see from the CAD visuals, this project was executed to the exact spec with the exception of the lights which were chosen and retro fitted by the client.