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Village firm Jacksons Fencing builds 3.2-tonne gates for French Eurotunnel terminal

By Aidan Barlow

How's this for a heavy workload? A fencing firm has unveiled gargantuan new gates with posts capable of bearing the weight of a double-decker bus.

Jacksons Fencing manufactured the 14-metre-long swing gates at its base in the village of Stowting Common in a bid to boost security at the Eurotunnel site in France.

The gate took four hours to move into position
The gate took four hours to move into position
The first gate is secured in place.
The first gate is secured in place.

The galvanised steel gates weigh in at a total of 3,200kg and stands four metres tall, while the hydraulic gate posts can lift a total of 19 tonnes.

They open and close within a minute, and are protected with powder-coated white paint to prevent any corrosion of the steel.

Each gate installed at Eurotunnel weighs a tonne
Each gate installed at Eurotunnel weighs a tonne
Heavy workload. Lifting the first gate into position.
Heavy workload. Lifting the first gate into position.

It took teams four hours to secure the gates and posts in place and company chief executive Peter Jackson said it was one of the largest his firm had ever made.

Company chief executive Peter Jackson said : “While we have designed and manufactured larger sliding gates, the sheer size, operating environment and performance requirements of these gates presented a few challenges, especially given the short deadline which needed to be met.

The gate spans 14 metres across
The gate spans 14 metres across

"I’m delighted and proud that the teams here and in France proved that they had the flexibility and determination to rise to this exacting challenge."

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