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Our Engineer’s Skills

Access Automation have an ongoing training programme for our engineers providing continuing professional development.

Our company skill set includes electrical qualifications and coded welders.

All our engineers hold CSCS Health & Safety cards, have manual handling, abrasive wheels and first aid certificates plus certification in mobile elevating work platforms.

This ensures the quality of our workmanship is of the highest standard.


In addition to constructionline and safecontractor we have recently become members of the Door & Hardware Federation (Powered Gate Group).  Every automatic gate installed by a member of this DHF group will:
•          Conform to stringent levels of safety
•          Prove reliable in operation
•          Meet the very latest legislation (see Gate Safety)
•          Be installed and maintained by skilled and fully trained engineers
You can be assured that all work carried out by Access Automation engineers will be of the highest standard.


Top Safety Accreditation for Access Automation Ltd

Access Automation Ltd has recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business and to ensure our commitment to a high standard of safe working practice is maintained.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Access Automation has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.".

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website,

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

Lancaster Gate Residential Development..

Lancaster Gate is a large and prestigious development overlooking Hyde Park, London.

In conjunction with Woolf and Lancaster Gate, Access Automation manufactured and installed a bespoke sliding and a bespoke swing gate as per the architects design integrating it with card reader access control and intercom system designed by others.

Lancaster Gate Traffic Light System..

In conjunction with Lorne Stewart, Access Automation designed and installed a traffic light system which enables drop off points and parking on the lower car park levels. The system was specifically written for Woolf Construction to their specifications. Access Automation can tailor a system to your specific site needs.
Access Automation can tailor a system to your specific site needs.

To discuss your requirements please telephone 01373 300029 or email

Blackhills Quarry

Our customer requested a bespoke traffic flow management system for a weigh bridge operation.

This was designed and installed by us, using the latest combination traffic control system, induction loops and state of the art barriers to the satisfaction of the client.

Access Automation can tailor a system to your specific site needs.

To discuss your requirements please telephone 01373 300029 or email

Access Automation Public Sector Maintenance Services..

We have close links and regular contract work in the public sector, where reliability and client confidence is particularly important.

We carry out service and maintenance work for schools, residential and commercial properties for many local Councils, particularly at maintenance depots, where 24 hour access-controlled gates on unmanned sites are installed.

To discuss your requirements please telephone 01373 300029 or email

Our commitment to safety..

Access Automation continue to offer force testing and safety assessments across the country.

Our ‘force tester’ allows us to test the force / pressure of gates and provide recommendations for safe systems.

This provides important, potentially life-saving information to our clients about the safe operation of their automated systems.

If you would like to arrange a force test, please call 01373 300029 or email

Access Automation wins prestigious contract on the Severn Crossing

We are delighted to have won a contract to service and maintain the barriers on the Second Severn Crossing service roads.

The successful tender reflects our determination to provide turnkey custom solutions to our partners' requirements, from survey to handover.

Regular servicing is now a legal requirement under the machinery directive and whether you are a large company with barriers or a domestic user with an automated gate on your driveway.

Contact us to arrange a site survey if you feel that our service and maintenance facility can help.

Gate Safety Week

Gate Safety Week takes place from the 13 – 19 October 2014 and has been devised by the Powered Gate Group division of the Door and Hardware Federation. The Powered Gate Group is an industry body made up of 80 professional companies specialising in gate installation and maintenance and every member has undergone the extensive two day training Powered Gate Safety Diploma training course that is run by the Door and Hardware Federation.

The aim of Gate Safety Week is to raise awareness of the risks of accidents surrounding powered and automated gates and how they can be prevented. The Gate Safety Week website has been set up to provide a range of resources to help the public, practitioners and professionals understand the risks and dangers around powered gates as well as promoting safety messages in an engaging way that can be understood.

Gate Safety Week is aimed at everyone from professional installers, through to facilities managers, schools, housing associations, safety organisations and the general public.

Access Automation Ltd is playing an active part in this action campaign designed to dramatically improve safety of automated gates in the UK. In the months running up to the event Access Automation and fellow DHF Powered Gate Group members will be campaigning hard to raise awareness of the risks associated with automated gates.

More than two thirds of all automated gates installed in the UK do not comply with the latest legislation and could pose a serious safety risk. Even more worrying is the fact that unsafe installations are still being carried out by unqualified installers and gate companies who are quite willing to take dangerous short cuts in both gate manufacture and installation. Gate safety campaigners such as ourselves have organised Gate Safety Week to raise awareness of the dangers that powered gates pose and to advise as many people as possible on how to choose safe gates or make existing powered gates safe.

Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment who make up the DHF Powered Gate Group are also planning special events focusing on gate safety.

In addition the DHF is partnering with a number of influential organisations in safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors who will be lending their support to the campaign in the coming months. The climax to the campaign will take place at Fencex, the fencing exhibition being held at Stoneleigh Exhibition Park, near Coventry on Wednesday 15th October.

The DHF set up it Powered Gate Group on behalf of the UK gate automation industry with encouragement from the Health and Safety Executive following the tragic deaths of two young children in accidents involving powered gates. It has developed extensive safety guidance which is followed by all responsible gate installers. It runs a training course which covers all aspects of safe gate installation which is recognised as the most stringent gate safety training in Europe.

With around 70% of existing powered gate installations proving to be non-compliant, householders and all those responsible for powered gates must take safety very seriously. We are confident that Gate Safety Week will play a vital part in significantly raising levels of gate safety and we are pleased to be making a real contribution.

Door & Hardware Federation

01827 52337

Access Automation Ltd - Providing Safety Solutions

Access Automation recently installed a ‘ bespoke hoop barrier’ in an underground car park at a prestigious site in London.

The barrier which is removable, (it can be hung on the wall when not required) deters pedestrians from entering the car park directly in to the line of traffic.

If you need a pedestrian / vehicle safety solution like this please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Our office number is 01373 300029 or email [email protected]

You can also contact us via the form on our website.

Domestic Gates

As we move from Spring into Summer we find the domestic sector is much busier. Perhaps the prospect of sunny weather (we can hope!) spurs us on to think about our gardens.

We have completed several installations and have been busy with servicing and force testing.

Access Automation offer a complete ‘package’ from design and manufacture, civil works, installation, access control and aftercare.

This recent installation delivered our customer with a bespoke design that sympathetically harmonised with the existing surroundings providing ease of use with modern technology.







To discuss your requirements with no obligation please call 01373 300029.

New website...

Our new website went live in September 2013 and we hope you find it informative and easy to navigate.  The website provides our full product range with easy to download data sheets whether you are a commercial customer or have a domestic enquiry.  The website also gives full details of our accreditations and will be regularly updated with customer testimonials.   Please call the office on 01373 300029 if you have any queries; our office staff will be very pleased to assist you.

Gate Safety Week 12th–18th October 2015

Access Automation Ltd is a member of the Door & Hardware Federation Powered Gate Group (PGG). We fully support their objectives to create awareness around the installation and maintenance of powered gates drawing particular attention to poor installations and maintenance.

The campaign is aimed to educate and inform both professional installers, industry contacts and the general public on the dangers centred around poorly installed and maintained powered gates.

Key messages of the campaign…

  • To encourage a user/owner to ask a specialist to check the operation and condition of their powered gates and report those that aren’t satisfactory.
  • To provide a neutral platform for organisations with common interests in the powered gates and powered gate industries.
  • To engage and educate specifiers, merchants, installers, inspectors, surveyors and users in the correct specification, supply, installation and operation of powered gates.
  • To ensure that installers and maintenance companies are aware that the safety of powered gates is required by law.
  • To highlight the liability and responsibilities that apply to powered gate installers.
  • To raise the importance of CE marking and what the DHF’s coveted ‘Safety Assured Mark’ means.

Powered gates can be dangerous and Gate Safety Week is about education, prevention and raising awareness.

To find out more click on

Safety Saves Lives!

At the end of last month we unfortunately heard of yet another child being injured in an automated gate! Please follow the link to find out more about the incident

This is why at Access Automation we pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s leading in gate safety, for more information on gate safety please follow this link

We ensure that every gate we attend are up to current health and safety legislations by carrying out safety assessments and force tests. To learn more about the health and safety legislations please follow this link

Here is an example of a job we attended recently and retro fitted safety edges and a flashing light to an existing cantilever gate.

For any other information on gate safety or to arrange a safety assessment on your system please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Servicing Your Automated Equipment

January and February 2015 have been incredibly busy with both contractual and ‘one off’ services.  We believe the increase in demand is thanks to a greater awareness of gate safety by both our commercial and domestic clients. For more information, please look at Service / Repair & Aftercare.
Force testing is carried out annually on all gates at the time of servicing.  You can find out more here.
If you would like to enquire about booking a service, whether you have a gate, barrier, blocker, bollard or turnstile, please call 01373 300029 or email [email protected]

Excel, London

Access Automation have recently installed traffic barrier systems at ExCel London Exhibition & Convention Centre.
The barriers and traffic islands were designed and pre-built to ease on-site installation and also minimise disruption to the flow of traffic entering and exiting the exhibition centre. The barriers are colour coded to the designated car park areas.
The barriers are controlled by a ‘pre booked’ ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) parking system and offer a GSM based intercom system at each location.
To request information about any of our products, including bespoke installations, please call the office on 01373 300029 or email
[email protected]
There is also an enquiry form available on this website.

Property Management Companies

Access Automation provide on-going support to numerous property management companies including Myddelton Major, Carter Jonas, Remus Management Ltd, Spectrum Housing and Rosemary Simmons Memorial Housing Association Ltd. (Now Crown Simmons Housing)

Our services include new gate installations, retro fitting safety upgrades to existing gates to ensure compliancy with the latest safety legislation and providing service / maintenance contracts. A service contract for a multiple residency will provide two service visits within the contractual period plus an annual force test.

For more information on this visit our: Service / Repair Aftercare page.

Access Automation Ltd have moved to new offices!

On Monday, 19th October 2015 we started trading from our new premises after months of planning and hard work.

Our new offices are spacious, light and airy with improved storage space both in the offices and outside in the workshop and stores.

We are delighted with the move and the improved efficiency it affords.

Our new address is:
     Access Automation Ltd
     Access House
     The Butts
     BA11 4AQ
     Tel: 01373 300029
     Fax: 0844 824 8500

Do come and see us if you are in the area.



2016 was a remarkable year for Access Automation Ltd

When we returned from our Christmas break in January 2016 we were already fully booked and as the year progressed each month seemed to be busier than the preceding one. It was our busiest year since the company launched in 2000.

Moving into our new offices in October 2015 has certainly improved our prominence locally; we have seen an increase in customers calling in saying ‘we were just passing and saw your sign’. We are always pleased to welcome our customers so do call in if you are in the area.

Domestic Gates

Whilst the majority of our work is still within the commercial sector we have seen a growth in enquiries and jobs won for domestic gates; we make bespoke gates to suit all tastes and budgets.

Here are a some examples of domestic gates installed in 2016


If you would like a free, no obligation quotation please call 01373 300029 or email:

The Commercial Sector

Whilst Access Automation specializes in automated gates we also install and maintain blockers, barriers, turnstiles (internal and external), bollards, car park count systems and when required access control, i.e intercoms, card reader and fob systems.

Here are some of our recent installations:


Gate Maintenance

Servicing is a very important and integral part of any automated system and can reduce overall running costs by helping to prevent breakdowns.

As a general rule automated systems should be serviced every six months on commercial sites, i.e. multiple residencies, schools or business premises or at yearly intervals for low usage gateways, i.e. domestic residences of up to twelve operations per day.

Automated gates should also be force tested annually to ensure they comply with BSEN13241, the ‘umbrella’ standard for automated gates.

If you would like to book a service for either your commercial site or gate at home please call 01373 300029 or email

Service Contracts

In 2016 the number of service contracts we have with our commercial customers increased dramatically; we now have almost 100 contracts in place. Some of our customers have multiple sites and invite us to service, safety assess and force test new sites as they acquire them.

We also offer domestic service contracts with the option to pay by monthly standing order so spreading the cost.

If you are interested in taking out a contract please call the 01373 300029 or email for further information.

We look forward to working with you all in 2017.

Christmas 2017 - Opening times

Access Automation would like to thank you for your custom during 2017.

We will be closed from 3pm on Friday, 22nd December 2017 and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018.
If you have an emergency during this period then please call our office telephone number - 01373 300029 to be directed to the on-call engineer.
May we wish you all a very ‘Happy Christmas’ and all good wishes for 2018.