Case Study – Self-closing gates, Manor Place Depot, London

Timber clad metal gate with self-closing gas strut, lights and branch in foreground


Manor Place Depot, London

Self-closing gate solutions for external gates in residential areas can be a challenge, due to outdoor environment and potential vandalism. Bellsure chose the Gatemaster gas strut closer for their cycle shelters in a prestigious development in the heart of London.

The Project

Our client Bellsure was asked to supply a cycle storage scheme in Manor Place Depot, a residential development part of a multi billion pound regeneration scheme in Elephant & Castle.

The bespoke shelters that Bellsure designed were solidly constructed from steel and clad in timber. The gates were therefore robust but also a reasonable weight.

Bellsure chose an electro-magnetic lock as the locking device for this project. The client was also looking to fit a self-closing gate device to ensure they always closed and secured themselves. In addition, they needed a solution that would close slowly to prevent the gates causing any disturbance.

The Self-closing Gatemaster Solution

In order to solve the clients concerns, we suggested a screw-fixed gas strut closer. This is a hydraulically dampened gas strut that ensures a gentle close and is very easy to fit to metal or wooden gates. This suited their specifications for the following reasons:

Easily retro-fitted: The gas strut closers were required to be fitted after installation.

Slow closing: The unique oil dampening within the gas strut ensures the gate closes safely and doesn’t bang shut.

Unobtrusive: The slimline strut blended in well with the cladded gates.

We regularly install the Gatemaster gas struts on our shelters and they have proven to be good quality and reliable. A lot of the shelters we install are steel framed clad with timber which makes the gates heavy, and the Gatemaster closer works well with no issues.

It was a good retrofit solution for our Manor Place Depot install, the gas struts fitted well with the doors and were easy to install with the screw on brackets. Overall a good install for us and the client was pleased with the end result.

Murray Tennent, Bellsure

Wooden bicycle shelter with flowers on roof and light attached to side. On door is a self-closer.

GSBW Gas Strut Closer

The GSB Gas strut closer with ball end joints and surface fixable brackets.


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