The owners of a property in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, wanted a high quality electric gate system to increase security of their open driveway whilst giving the entrance an new identity. The exiting piers were out of alignment, different sizes and one had been badly damaged by a collision, therefore they were not usable. The client also wanted a truly bespoke gate, as many local homeowners all seemed to have the same type of templated timber gates therefore a unique design was integral to the project.
David Viera an award winning Gate designer and project Director for Renzland Powergates Ltd consulted with the client and designed and managed the entire project from initial visualisation through to CAD concept drawings (above), installation, handover, completion and ongoing maintenance via our insurance backed warranty. It took some persuading however the client was advised the piers would be rebuilt and realigned rather than just hung from steels which would reduce the opening and compromise the aesthetics of such a beautiful bespoke timber gate. The left hand pier would incorporate a built in letter box and the right hand pier would house the intercom system. Cobbles were laid between the piers which frames the entrances, gives a definitive boundary and keep the shingle driveway from spilling onto the main road. The piers were also fitted with stainless steel LED up lighters which give the entrance a more welcoming impression and makes the property easier to find on dark nights. A telguard GSM based entry system was chosen which avoided additional cabling inside- the door station was engraved with the house name. This also meant the client would not need to be home to allow access to their home for deliveries, tradesmen and guests. The gates are made from solid Iroko (click here for timber comparison) and have a distinctive studded effect and every possible small detail was considered. The gates were also drawn up on CAD to calculate the maximum opening angle for hinge geometry without the gate touching the pier caps, custom made gate hinges were made to accommodate this. The rear rails were chamfered for aesthetics and also that the rain runs away from the slats. The gates were stained by a French polisher to ensure the highest possible quality of finish.
The client received a truly one of a kind bespoke timber gate, that exceeded the design brief and expectations. It is an impressive and substantial piece of custom engineered art which opens effortlessly and adds value to the home, whilst also keeping the family safe and secure for many years to come.