Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Gates for Bishop Auckland Town Hall made as part of a refurbishment of the building in 1992. The town hall is currently closed for refurbishment again, 27 years later. This is my son Ivan in the picture, he was 6 years old when we made the gates, he now works in the forge with me. The gates were originally designed as two pairs, but with access problems inside when open, each opening has a single leaf gate weighing around half a ton,with a fixed overthrow. For this reason, horizontal rails were added to the original design to stiffen up the gates The finish is hot dip galvanising followed by micaceous iron oxide and black topcoat, both in high build vinyl, is seems to have lasted quite well in an urban area.