We felt confident in achieving the finish the client desired as this was made from a hardwood called Iroko, our timber of choice when building solid gates; this was then given three coats of Clear, Osmo UV Protection, a product we now use quite regularly. Our only concern was how we would build and install a pair of gates large enough, and more importantly strong enough, to bridge the 7m opening. Thankfully our client had already done a little bit of his own research and came to us with the idea of reducing the vehicular access and introducing a personnel gate to the right, with a simple fixed panel on the left to balance out the design.
The camber of the drive was always going to be an issue as it dropped almost 0.4m and was very uneven in places but, by planning out the project carefully and taking accurate measurements, we knew we could achieve the finish the client desired.
It was decided that two steel RSJ's would be concreted approximately 1m into the ground and then clad with 1" thick Iroko to give the impression of solid timber gate posts. These would be much stronger than Oak or softwood posts, reduce any movement associated with solid timber and last much longer. The underground motor foundation boxes were then installed as low as possible before we were able to build a template to replicate the lower profile of the gates.
Both the personnel gate and vehicular gates were connected to a wireless intercom system with keypad allowing the client the option of opening either gates when visitors arrive. In addition, a second set of infrared photocells were installed internally to ensure vehicles were clear of the gates' swing zone before closing.
While this project did take longer to install than initially quoted, we were able to work with the client from start to finish, allowing him the opportunity to make choices and give his opinion on this totally bespoke installation.
Our main aim was always to ensure the strength and reliability of each component installed, whilst maintaining the look our client desired.
Almost two years later, it is still running strong and our only return visits have been planned visits to service the automation.