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New playground gates keep children safe

With Summer about to kick-in (hopefully!) children up and down the country will be making use of local playground facilities – laughing, giggling and generally having fun. Whilst ‘fun’ is definitely the main aim of children’s playgrounds, parents and playground owners also want to know that children are safe. With this in mind, Newark and Sherwood Homes Limited, recently installed a new Mono Hinge Gate at the Forge Close Play Area in Nottinghamshire.

The new gate was needed at the playground because the old timber gate began to require more and more adjustments from the play park repairs contractor, to ensure it closed correctly, and was also easy enough for people with disablities to operate.

Lee Powell, Architectural Technician, Newark and Sherwood Homes Limited, chose Joseph Ash Medway to provide a new gate after a recommendation from a tutor who provides RoSPA Play Park Inspection training. Lee said: “I also chose Joseph Ash Medway because it is important for the gate to open and close easily to allow people with disabilities to access the playground.”

Mono Hinge Gates (by Joseph Ash Medway) are one of the safest gates available for the enclosure of children’s playgrounds:

  • With a hydraulic mechanism tested to 100,000 cycles, the gate is fully compliant with the European Standards for Playground Equipment BS EN-1176.
  • The gate opens to 110 degrees, which means that recoil is prevented and finger traps and crush points become a thing of the past.
  • The gate incorporates varying closing speeds, making it virtually impossible to beat when it comes to safety.
  • The gate is also wheelchair accessible and complies with DDA regulations, making it the ideal choice for long-term refurbishment and renovation schemes.
  • The gates are vandal resistant.

Mono Hinge Gates are easy to install, and are designed to open to the left or right. They can be single or double, to match the needs of any environment, and they are assembled and supplied as complete units, enabling fast and easy installation to the correct specifications without costly site works.

The gates are also fully hot dip galvanized by Joseph Ash Medway to protect from corrosion for up to 60 years, and can also be powder coated with a choice of colours to meet any specification.

Newark and Sherwood Homes Limited chose a single gate in a deep green colour.

For more information about the Mono Hinge Gates please contact Mandy Filkins at Joseph Ash Medway on 01795 419816 or visit the website.

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