Updated 29th August
As stated below in the original article, the new gates are currently under performance test in real life conditions to assess their suitability.
The question of finger traps has already been identified and is being investigated. One type of hinge and latching device has been researched and a supplier identified. Our Architect is investigating the options
The slamming and noise has also been identified as a problem and a number of solutions identified. Our Architect is investigating the options.
Admiburgos has project managed the replacement of the whole fence around pool 7 earlier this year, but the old wooden access gates were not reinstalled as they are difficult and expensive to maintain. They are a constant problem across all the pools on La Torre and these wooden gates do not self close or latch automatically.
In consultation with our technical engineer it was decided to trial metal gates at pool 7, which were installed on Friday 20th July. White gates were specifically chosen after studying RoSPA and EU guidance in place regarding pool fencing and gates which states that:
- Gates should ideally be of a different colour to the fencing to make their location easily identifiable to those with visual impairment.
- Gates should be easily identifiable by emergency services.
- Gates should be easily identifiable for access/egress.
- Gates should open outwards.
- Gates should self close.
- Gates should self latch shut.
France has already adopted the EU guidelines, with Spain expected to follow suit - and it is our aim for La Torre to be fully compliant with the EU guidance. The new gates are currently under performance test in real life conditions to assess their suitability, with a view to replacing the gates on all the pools. One item that could not be provided at the time the gates were installed was child proof (under 5's) latches. A supplier has now been found and these are being considered.