Here is a recent installation of a bi-parting automatic sliding gate. A bi-parting electric gate was recommended to the client as a swing gate would have made the access in/out difficult via car and there was not enough room for a standard single sliding gate to run back into due to existing tree roots.
The added advantage to a bi-parting sliding gate is that it opens twice as fast as a standard gate, and if done right it can be made to look like a pair of swing gates.
During the design process we worked closely with the client to come up with a style they wanted to achieve and the drawings we created were used to apply for planning permission. This style of gate affords a degree of privacy from passing traffic but not completely enclosed.
Once planning was approved (which did take several months!), groundwork was started to excavate for the track. The track was skilfully excavated via a mini digger- great care was taken as there as a number of underground services that came up on a scan and needed to be avoided. The track is welded to a heavy duty RSJ. To reduce costs (or cut corners!) many other gate installation companies merely bolt the track down to a concrete base, the problem with this is that over time the concrete breaks up and the track will bend. By adding the additional RSJ this eliminates the issues and has a much higher capacity for weight loading.
The track had to be aligned behind the existing brick piers and positioned in such a way that the gate did not fail on the pier caps as the gate opened, but not so far way that it would leave an unsightly gap. The rear of the track had additional paving slabs installed, to retain the earth and provide a nice neat finish as pictured below.
The gates were manufactured using Iroko timber and had a built in steel reinforcement framework which helps support and stabilise the gate, provide torsion and prevent the timber from twisting, warping and moving over time. Subtle details were added to the gate such as carved banister rails, and we kept the open bars at the back of the gates even though it would not be visible from the front. To us, it’s equally important that the rear of the gate looks as well crafted as the font- especially for our clients as this is the side they will see more often!
To ensure the sliding gates were safe we fitted them with a number safety edges to protect against crushing and two pairs of safely sensors in front and behind the gates to ensure it is compliant with safety regulations. We fitted a GSM Intercom, and a rear exit keypad. All the cabling was installed with great care and attention to detail to ensure there were no visible wires which is very important to attain a high end fit and finish.
Both the clients and our team are very pleased with the outcome, if you have home in Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent or Essex and would like to see what we can do for you please get in touch we would love to help.
Here is a video of the gate in action. Project value circa £12k + VAT