Electric Driveway Gate Prices Updated For 2022

Update 2022: As visitors to this site are probably aware, home improvement prices and inflation have soared over the last 18 months, this has been widely reported in the media and confirmed by our own research. The electric driveway gate prices on this page were updated in April 2022. Customers can get a custom price online by filling out this form with details of their project.

Are you looking to install or replace an electric gate on your property? With a new gate, you can improve the security and privacy of your property as well as making it more appealing to a potential buyer.

There are several different materials to choose from but in the UK, wrought iron and timber are the most popular. Almost all gates are now installed with a wireless key fob entry system and an intercom so the occupant can communicate with visitors at the gate.

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Electric Driveway Gate Installation Prices

Obviously, the size of the gate, the type of material you choose and the overall quality of the build are key factors. If you are swapping a new gate for an old one then the cost will work out much cheaper than having to build brick pillars to hang a brand new gate.

Below is an example cost for purchasing and installing a driveway gate, we have broken down the costs into sections of the project.

These prices were updated in 2022:

Timber driveway gate with hinges but excluding posts£600 for a small 4ft gate and up to £2000+ for a larger premium gate
Timber posts (2)£125 - £250 depending on height
Wrought iron gateFrom £450 for a basic 4ft high gate up to £2000+ for a taller heavy duty gate
Wrought iron posts (2)£250 -£400 for a pair
Automation mechanism kit inc intercom supplied£800 - £2000 depending on spec
Build 2 x brick piers to support the gate (replaces posts)£800 - £1000 for materials and labour
Gate installation costs, including a wiring circuit from the consumer unit (fusebox) to the gate£1250 - £2500 depending on complexity of gate and automation system
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Using our researched prices above as a guide we can estimate the cost of a driveway gate installation:

Small 4ft wooden gate with basic automation system and intercom: Expect to pay around £3000.

Taller 6ft wooden gate with brick piers (but no walls) and mid-range intercom and automation system: Expect to pay around £4500.

4ft wrought iron gate hung on metal posts with a budget automation system and intercom: Expect to pay: £3500.

Taller 6ft wrought iron gate hung on newly built piers with a mid-range automation system and intercom: £5500

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Things to Consider

No two driveway gate installation projects are ever the same and the ground conditions and constraints affect the price as do the customer’s requirements.

Some projects may require the removal and disposal of trees, bushes, existing gates and even brick piers etc at extra cost.

The height and width of the gate, whether brick piers are desired, whether a wall is also needed, the type of automation system, whether it’s buried etc and of course, the actual gate itself are all factors that affect the price, as does planning permission if it’s required.

Also, if you need to gain access frequently on foot, would a separate pedestrian gate be a worthwhile addition?

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Is Planning Permission Required?

If your gate is close to a highway or footpath adjacent to a highway and your gate is one metre or taller then you will need planning permission.

If the gate is higher than two metres then you will need planning permission regardless of how close to the highway the gate is.

You do not require permission to maintain or replace an existing gate provided you do not increase its height. There are special requirements for listed buildings in the UK.

For more information, we suggest you explore the Planning Portal website.

How Long Does it Take to Install an Electric Driveway Gate?

The time it takes to install a driveway gate varies and it’s not possible to give an estimate without looking at the specifics of the project.

Replacing an existing gate with a new one takes only a few hours but constructing foundations and brick pillars, laying the wiring for the electricity and the intercom, painting/oiling a wooden gate etc can take several days.

Who Does This Type of Work?

Landscape gardeners usually hang manual gates and they can construct brick walls and install fencing etc. They can also swap electric driveway gates on a like-for-like basis.

If you would like a completely new gate installed with an automation system, intercom and other features, it’s probably worth contacting a specialist installer. They may cost more but they’ll be able to arrange for any brick piers to be constructed, the wiring to be installed and the gate hung and connected to the automation and intercom system.

Is Wrought Iron or Wood Best?

Solid timber gates offer you more privacy and security but require more maintenance. That also means frequent painting or sealing.

Metal gates are very popular and don’t need so much maintenance, there is, however, less privacy as they aren’t solid.

Type of Automation

There are several different types of automation for your gate:

Swing gates –  this is typically where two gates swing out allowing access. They are the cheapest and best suited to a flat road surface. If your driveway is on a steep slope then this product is not for you.

Sliding gates -These can only be used if you have enough space to the side of the gate. It’s possible to have two sliding gates, each sliding in an opposite direction but that will require two opening kits and that will cost more.

Ram and swing arm openers – these are attached to the gate or post to push open or close the gate. They are clearly visible, the ram version which is attached to the post is a little more discreet but the swing arm version protrudes from the gate.

Underground system – these are the most discreet type of automation for your gate but are also the most expensive.

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This guide was written by and was last updated in April 2022.

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