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St. Mels Cathedral, Longford

The brief from Colm Redmond of Fitzgerald Kavanagh Architects was quite simple – to design a modern automated gate that blends seamlessly with the existing 150 year old Presbytery railings.

This job was all about attention to detail. We created a copy of the existing railing and together with a foundry still using traditional methods recast the heads and bosses in a similar manner to the original castings. The castings were then fabricated into the railing and gate structure at our Ballyfermot plant. The design and spacing of each railing was tied together in the traditional style to create the 13750 mm span sliding gate and railings.

Gem Purcell, the main contractors prepared the groundworks for the  30 metre track in the forecourt area which was subsequently paved, a granite upstand wall was also built with provision for the chemical fixing of the matching railings.

The gate was transported in one piece from our factory and lifted into place on the track. It was then automated for use with attendant operation to allow subdivision of the front of the refurbished Cathedral and to facilitate the exit from the Cathedral to Longford town centre.

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