Rectification of the main gates

The new front gates installed back in 2016 as part of the Pitt St fencing upgrade have suffered problems due to the gateposts not being properly installed. They were simply bolted to the existing concrete.

As many museum volunteers have subsequently discovered, these fixings simply were not strong enough to hold the considerable weight of the new gates and they ‘dropped’ making them difficult to open and close.

We did try to get the fencing contractor to rectify the problem but they eventually gave up and left the problem.

Over the last few weeks Danny marked out some new post holes and over several weeks new 700mm deep holes were dug, a ‘reo-cage with threaded rods welded up, and then over a couple of days and many bags of premix high strength concrete, the foundations for the gate posts cast. These foundations should NOT move.

Chris welding up a cage

Danny Adamopolous

The hole, dug by CSO workers, will hold a second post that will be directly concreted in. The cross bars will be welded to gate post to provide further strength.

A temporary fix has been to chain the post to the older fence posts to stabilise the gate till it can be moved onto the new foundations.

Matthew Geier


When all the preparations are done, the gates will be lifted with the forklift and dropped onto the new super strong foundations.

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