Waterways experts Hargreaves install first new lock gates for a century in Cotswold Canals' restoration

12-Oct-11

A project by Yorkshire’s leading waterways restoration experts has reached a major milestone. Halifax-based Hargreaves Lock Gates (HGL) installed the first new lock gates to the Cotswold Canals Projects at Ryeford Double Lock near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
 
Hargreaves were called in to carry out the authentic recreation of 200-year-old lock gates on this historic stretch of the Cotswold Canals.
 
Six of the mammoth gates, each of which weighs up to 2.25 tonnes and measures up to 20 feet (6m) by 10 feet (3.25m), were hoisted into position by a long-reach jumbo crane. This is the first time in over 100 years that new gates have been hung at this double lock.
 
The giant gates have been made from oak by specialist manufacturer Hargreaves. They were delivered into storage about a year ago and have been wrapped in hessian sacking and watered every week to prevent them drying out and shrinking.
 
Now the new gates have been hung, the enormous balance beams are being attached, each measuring 22 feet (7m) long. The company’s experienced team is carefully adjusting them so that they swing effortlessly and seal properly.
 
Hargreaves Lock Gates are led by two of the most respected figures in waterways restoration: Nigel Lord and Dick Booth.  The pair has more than 50 years’ combined experience in waterways restoration and has helped to create more than 800 pairs of lock gates and tidal doors.
 
The company has links with the Cotswold Canals going back more than 20 years and this particular two-and-a-half-year contract, valued at £600,000, will see HGL craft a total of 22 pairs of gates by traditional methods.
 
When reopened, the 37-mile of the Cotswold Canals will reconnect the Thames and Severn rivers for the first time in 70 years.
 

For more information contact Hargreaves Lock Gates on 01422 330 607.

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A project by Yorkshire’s leading waterways restoration experts has reached a major milestone. Halifax-based Hargreaves Lock Gates (HLG) have installed the first new lock gates to the Cotswold Canals Projects at Ryeford Double Lock near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
 
Six of the mammoth gates, weighing up to 2.25 tonnes and measuring up to 20 feet (6m) by 10 feet (3.25m), were hoisted into position by a giant long reach crane - the first time new gates have been hung at the lock for over 100 years.