Announced recently in many UK architect publications was ‘The City of London Building of the Year 2016‘ which consists of two buildings located at ‘New Ludgate’ in the heart of St Paul’s London, and adjacent to England’s most famous court, the Old Bailey.
Cova Security Gates who have this year achieved certification of ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management Standard were delighted to receive this latest announcement as the building was commissioned with the installation of their popular CSG 10601 bi-fold speed gate at the rear of the building, for which it offers security for its delivery goods area – which is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Designed in the UK, this first generation bi-fold automated speed gate is the perfect solution where height and span of opening are critical factors. The client specifically required the gates to blend in with the aesthetics of the building.
Standing at 4.75m high and over 10.5m wide – that’s a lot of gate and one of their largest Speed Gates built to date!
The CSG10601 Bi-Folding Speed Gate consists of two posts, onto each post a bi-folding leaf is attached by hinges. The posts are connected by an overhead operator box which is cleated to and supported by an adjacent external structure, generally integral to a building. The bi-folding leaf utilises an overhead guide track within the underside of the operator box assembly, there is no requirement for ground guides or track.
The post hung section of the bi-folding leaf is driven by 3-phase/50Hz drive motor, output speed 33rpm driving through 18:95 ratio spur drive gear, locking in both the open and closed positions, leaf movement can be accommodated to open either inwards or outwards. Gate leaf sections are fully welded assemblies, constructed of RHS steel section, vertical infill bars at 100mm spacing as standard although additional / alternative materials can be accommodated to suit.
Typically a gate will consist of a pair of bi folding leaves, capable of spans up to 15000mm W x 5000m H clear aperture, single bi-folding leaf gates can be produced if required. Gate leaves can be operated by a single drive unit simultaneously, or individual drives for larger spans or where individual leaf control is required. Drives are located within the operator box and are controlled by a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) located within the associated control cabinet. All gate systems come complete with a safety photocell system between the gate posts.
What makes these London buildings of the year unique is that they have over 35,210 square meters of retail, restaurant and commercial office space over 9 floors and a roof terrace with stunning views over London, with building designs that make them stand out from most others in the area.
You can view the actual gate in a time lapse video in their factory being built and tested prior to being installed. Cova factory test EVERY gate from their UK manufacturing site in Crawley, near Gatwick prior to being sent out for installation.
See the time lapse video here: