Dover Council

Dover Council

Client: Dover Council
Type of works: supplied Mono Hinge Self Closing Gates

When the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was updated in 2004, councils all over the UK had to begin refurbishments and upgrades to local facilities, including improving access to play areas and parks. To meet and exceed new regulations and provide a safer play environment for the region’s children, Dover District Council (DDC) turned to Medway Galvanising’s Mono Hinge Self Closing Gates.

Mono Hinge Self Closing Gates fully comply with the British Standard for play equipment, BS EN-1176, as well as all current DDA recommendations, making it ideal for long-term refurbishment programmes.

Over a period of three years, DDC has installed a number of Mono Hinge Self Closing Gates in 10 parks and play areas as part of a continuous improvement scheme to help children play and stay safe.

To meet the minimum requirements as stipulated in the updated DDA Regulations, the gate must provide an opening of 1000mm, with any new play areas offering a gate opening width of 1200mm. The Mono Hinge Self Closing Gate proved ideal for meeting both standards as it provides an opening in excess of 1200mm.

DDA Regulations also state that pedestrian gates should contrast with the fencing, either by a contrast in design or colour. Replacing the council’s existing gates that blended seamlessly with the fencing enclosures, the Mono Hinge Self Closing Gates were supplied predominantly in yellow for a bright, attractive and eye-catching finish.

Fully galvanised as standard to deliver proven long-life corrosion protection for up to 60 years, the Mono Hinge Self Closing Gate can be powder coated in a vast range of colours to suit every need, with the quality of the coatings backed with the long-term guarantee as standard with market leader Medway Galvanising.

The Mono Hinge Self Closing Gate has now been specified by more than 100 councils, showing that it is fast becoming the nation’s preferred choice for safe, reliable and durable access in its parks and play areas.

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