In June 2011 Glasgow Engineering were contacted by Launceston City Council to see if they were able to make repairs to the City Park gates. At some stage during the weekend someone had lost control of their vehicle and driven into one of the gate posts, knocking it over and causing a considerable amount of damage. Initial inspections showed that the damage was quite significant. Upon closer inspection by Glasgow Engineering personnel it was discovered the all four gate posts were cracked, damaged and corroded through the ravages of time. One post in particular was only being held in position by a single ½ inch bolt that was nearly rusted through. The gates were still repairable under controlled conditions back in the work shop, so all four posts and gates were removed and returned to the factory works for repairs to be undertaken. The gates were originally cast by W.H Knight and Sons Foundry in August 1903 and the erection of the gates were said at the time to give the Park entrance a considerably improved appearance.

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Damage done to the gates from the car crash
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Damage done to the gates from the car crash
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We removed all the gates and had them sand blasted so that repairs could be done, this uncovered quite a few nasty surprises
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Nearly all the internal bolt lugs were broken or missing on all the posts, so we remanufactured replacement cast iron lugs and re welded the broken ones
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Lug repairs to post casting, we replaced all the bolts, removed all the broken and corroded bolts and re drilled and threaded all the holes
After the repairs were completed we painted the insides of the posts with a galvanic primer for added protection
Two new post topper finials had to be hand forged
14 new post nipples were machined to replace missing ones
Preliminary fitment on site prior to the top paint coat being applied
Preliminary fitment on site prior to the top paint coat being applied
Four heavy duty galvanised post support brackets were made and bolted to the four new concrete footings
Final day of assembly
Final day of assembly
Final day of assembly
Refitting the City Park Sign
Job completed for Launcestonians to enjoy for the next 100 years or more
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