How much does it cost to automate existing gates?

Often clients underestimate the cost of automating an existing gate. They tell us they search on the internet for a cheap gate automation kit for £300 then look for an electrician from Check-a-Trade to fit it in a day, for a few hundred pounds… bingo problem solved! Not exactly….

Their gate system might last for a couple of weeks before it all goes wrong, they then call us to come and rip everything out to start again! In most cases, the electric gate system will not even be legal and worst case it is highly dangerous!

The gate automation kit price only makes up a percentage of the total cost and the cheapest kits are usually the most expensive in the long term.

Our underground gate automation installation prices start at £2,600 + VAT.

First and foremost, there are labour costs; we respect electricians greatly however the electrical elements are only part of the job. It takes at least 5 years’ practical experience to be a qualified gate engineer.

Any true gate engineer will have all of the following skills and experience-

  • Industry approved training course qualification pass (DHF, Gate Safe, Etc.)
  • System design knowledge and assessment
  • Awareness of Standards & Regulations
  • Health & Safety procedures and practices
  • Risk reviewing for safe system operation and advice
  • Fault finding and rectification skills
  • Electrical competency & regulations
  • Ground works
  • Civil & Structural engineering skills
  • Landscaping and Drainage experience
  • Light building & Building Regulations
  • Fabrication, Erection and Welding
  • Mechanical engineering skills
  • Mathematics i.e. gate geometry, weight calculations
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatic’s
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Qualified and certified by all major automation brands- BFT, CAME, FAAC, Nice, Beninca.
  • Wide knowledge of Industry products, procedures & best options
  • Commissioning procedures and system maintenance
  • Access control & telecommunications interface
  • Audio & video, CCTV
  • Associated products & services, lighting, alarms
  • Making good & decoration
  • Computer literacy
  • First aid
  • Customer liaison & training
  • Technical file creation & management
  • On top of all this- be respectful, happy, friendly and prepared to work outside in all 

These requirements vary depending on the complexity of the project but all our gate engineers are trained and ready for anything- and as you can imagine gate engineers with these skills are hard to find and command good salaries.

It requires over £5,000 worth of specialist tools to carry out most gate installations. We are constantly buying tools due to the high demands placed on them working outside in all temperatures and conditions!

Before work is carried out legally the qualified gate installation company have to carry out a detailed risk assessment, point loading calculations and a execute a full site survey.

Next, the equipment must be purchased. Here follows a typical list of components/costs required to automate a gate (excluding the automation kit which can run in at over £1000 alone):

  • Electrical enclosure / Cabinet
  • Junction boxes
  • Adaptable conduit
  • Armoured termination glands
  • Cable cleats and ties
  • Safety edges, receiver- its worth noting in some cases (particularly electric sliding gates) the safety equipment costs to make the gates legally compliant can amount to more than the gate automation costs!
  • Direct burial data cable
  • SWA cable
  • Flexible power cable
  • Concrete
  • Ballast
  • Sheet metal for modifications
  • Adjustable hinges
  • Gate stops
  • Ducting
  • Clips, bolts, fixings
  • Resin, Silicon, Grease
  • Disposable items such as welding rods, cutting disc’s and diamond blades.
  • Disposal of waste from site (skip on site)
  • Fuel to from site
  • Parking/Congestion charges
  • Allowance in cost for warranty return visits
  • Delivery charges.

All this is without standard business over heads such as insurance, office costs, rates, vehicles, tools, advertising, accreditation’s, transportation and admin, accounts and sales staff costs etc!

In most cases this type of work takes 2-3 days on site and requires 2 engineers as the gates have to be lifted. There is also a lot of time consuming off site work such as planning the installation, ordering the materials, client liaison and document control.

Once the installation has been completed, we then carry out extensive testing, we have to force test the gates and complete a technical file, CE Mark the gates and provide a 2 year warranty.

Only then are we happy to carry out a demonstration, handover, with controls, to the client.

We hope this goes a little way to explaining everything we need to do, The words ‘cheap’ and ‘electric gates’ have never been in the same sentence! However, if done well, automated gates will be convenient, secure, safe and well worth the investment.

Therefore, if Renzland Powergates Ltd are £2000 more than a jobbing electrician prepared to try his hand at electric gates, you can be sure you are getting £2,000+ more of a job.

Electric Gates for Schools

Electric gates for schools


Before and after electric school gates

Renzland Powergates Ltd have several years of experience working within the education sector. We have installed both automatic swing and sliding electric gates at elementary, primary, secondary and public schools across the South East.

If you are considering installing Electric Gates for your School, we understand it can be a daunting process. Raising budgets, endless committee meetings, safety concerns, tender management, different automation systems and dealing with planning applications is very stressful and time consuming- Renzland Powergates Ltd can help.

We are highly skilled professionals who will render outstanding services from pre-construction to cost scheduling, installation of the project and ongoing maintenance of your school gates.

If you are a Headmaster, Headmistress, Bursar or in charge of facilities at your School we can-

  •  Design, Supply and fit a high quality electric gate exceeding all professional safety standards
  • Specify exactly the right system that allows the sheer volume of pupils use the entrance during peak times and the need to secure the perimeter throughout the rest of the day.
  • Install during half term or holiday periods
  • Attend PTA meetings, submit planning applications and liaise with local residents associations.
  • Project Manage all ground works including liaising with electricity companies if additional power feed is required.
  • Give talks to students about the dangers of electric gates, and accommodate field trips to our workshop so the students can see the gates being made and involving them in the process-
  • Provide high quality CAD designs and schematics
  • All our staff are CRB checked and are parents themselves.
  • Advise and specify ancillary works such as CCTV, intercoms etc.
  • Improve Ofsted rankings
  • Free risk assessment on existing gates and safety recommendations
  • Improve security and reduce insurance premiums
  • To help with budgetary constraints we can also offer flexible payment terms to reduce capital expenditure this can also include the ongoing maintenance of your new gates

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any stage should you wish to discuss any aspect of your requirements in more detail or request any further information such as safety policies, accreditations, insurances etc to help with your evaluation of us.

 School Gates Testimonial-

Mr Chesters- Headmaster Winkfield St Mary’s CofE School-

Dear Eddie, On behalf of the teachers, parents and students I would like to thank you for your help and hard work on our gate. This has improved access and security and we are very pleased with the outcome, I have no hesitation in recommending your company and would grade your work A+, give your team a gold star.