The new entrance and gates was primarily designed to maximise security, but the brief was also to give the ‘wow’ factor.
Using oak sleepers set vertically, and at random heights mimicking the surrounding trees, it was possible to create an elliptical rising curved wall between the main brick piers and the oak gateposts to create a striking entrance. This design was continued with the first fence panel where the pales were fixed in a ‘hit and miss’ pattern to allow hedging to be planted in front and intertwine with the fence to soften the effect. Oak sleepers were also used to form raised planters. The two brick piers were capped off with commissioned carved stone heads (called Mr & Mrs!) adding a touch of humour. Clever use of lighting completes the design.
The bespoke automated hardwood gates were made by local joiners. An intercom linked in to the main house phone system ensures callers/deliveries can be monitored, and the gates opened from anyway in the house – affording maximum security.
The driveway was formed with an edging of brick paviours with either, solid brick paths and garage forecourt, or Purbeck stone chippings, laid to follow the natural contours of the land.
The steeply rising entrance was a challenge, but with proper design and planning any problems were identified and overcome before works commenced.