Zaun exports British security expertise to northern France’s Longuenesse Prison

British high security fencing manufacturer Zaun has exported its expertise across the Channel to secure a prison in the north of France. The company has supplied almost 1,000 metres of its original HiSec security fencing with the popular ‘358’ welded mesh configuration to repel would-be intruders and keep those residents within secure.

The HiSec system’s attributes make it an excellent solution for high security applications, reflecting in its use by the Home Office for UK prisons. Unusually, for the Longuenesse Prison in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France, the deployed fencing is powder-coated white. This affords the prison a more relaxed feel when compared with English institutions, an impression enhanced further by a MUGA and three rooftop exercise areas with a ball court and angled fencing merged into the sloped roofing angles.

Zaun designed six metre-high fencing with a crank on top clad by 1 mm-thick steel sheet cladding for the 215 metres of internal perimeters, then 450 metres of five-metre high fencing beyond a five-metre ‘dead zone’ between the two fence lines.

The internal fence line includes a half-metre high, 100 mm-thick concrete ‘kicker board’ sunk 250 mm into the ground to prevent tunnelling.

Zaun has also supplied special gates with electronic locks automatically activated from a central Control Room and HiSec cladding to upstairs windows as part of the €200,000 fully-integrated security system.

Zaun worked on the €8.3 million prison for 85 residents alongside leading French construction company Spie Batignolles, which boasts annual revenues of €1.8 billion.

HiSec’s close mesh pattern means that it’s difficult to cut and almost impossible to climb.

Zaun is one of the largest and most dynamic manufacturers of high security perimeter protection systems within the UK. With regional offices in France and Dubai,the organisation boasts an extensive range of temporary, PAS 68-rated and permanent fencing solutions as well as expertise in integrating CCTV and PID systems.

Zaun was founded in 1996 by directors Alastair Henman and Paul Painter and remains a privately owned company, manufacturing in the UK at its state of the art five-acre production facility in the West Midlands.

The company manufactures to ISO 9001:2008 standards and is a member of the ethical supply chain initiative designated Sedex. The business is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association, the Fencing Contractors’ Association– with Alastair Henman a director and council member of these organisations respectively – and the Sports and Play Construction Association.

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