Portcullis and Grand Designs’ Sussex House

Grand Designs Sussex HouseImage source: James Morris, House Of The Year in the Royal Institute Of British Architects awards, (no changes made). 

Wilson King Architects, 2015 Grand Designs RIBA Finalist, contacted Portcullis Gate Automation Ltd in 2013 on behalf of Sussex House to carry out a detailed site survey to establish the clients exact needs for electric gates at their home.

The brief was for a contemporary gate entrance to the property that would sit and weather well within the landscape, and respond materially to the tree lined site and rural setting.

The main building was to sit within a separate fenced area with a secondary automatic gate to prevent the intrusion of the vast rabbit population that resides on the South Down’s.

The house is built to high environmental performance standards and was seen on Grand Designs.

Entrance fencing and gates at Sussex House.

The customer wanted the galvanized frame work to become a feature of the swing gates, clad inside and out, but allowing airflow through due to the openness of the surrounding area as the gates would be subject to high winds during bad weather.

Internal rabbit gates where installed to stop the large population of rabbits from entering the main house gardens, the gates had to remain within the machinery directive regulations but functional.

Portcullis Gate Automation Ltd have been a leading electric gate installer throughout the county of Sussex and the South East and nationally for many years.

We have Installed Residential Electric and Wooden Gates In Brighton, Domestic Automatic Gates In Horsham and Bespoke Designed Electric Metal Gates in Haywards Heath,

Benefits of using Portcullis Gates:

  • Three Year Warranty (subject to our Maintenance contract)
  • Free on site surveys
  • Cad drawing service
  • Local and national engineers
  • over 25 years trading

Any design of gate is possible but must comply with the HSE Machinery Directives. Portcullis Gate Automation Ltd  prides itself on being at the forefront of safety design, our specialist hinges and innovative product design reduce the need for safety edges allowing the natural design of the gate to shine through.


If you own a private residential property that has an electric gate and you rent out that property the electric gate installation is then considered in law to be a commercial gate. The health and safety compliance is then more relevant and involved. For help on this often overlooked, but very important topic, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our designs.