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Zaun and Harper Chalice secure success from Olympic springboard

Two Midlands security businesses are preparing to celebrate their greatest day in history, exactly four years on from the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.

On 27 July 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the 2012 Olympic Games after apparently surviving a death-defying skydive with James Bond actor Daniel Craig as part of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony.

Wolverhampton’s Zaun and Coventry-based Harper Chalice cite their largest-ever contracts as the springboard to the growth and success they now enjoy. They helped make the 30th Olympiad the biggest security operation post-war Britain had ever mounted at a cost of £553 million and involving 10,000 police officers, 13,500 Armed Forces personnel – more than Britain had deployed in Afghanistan at that time – and no less than 70,000 Games Maker volunteers.

London 2012 was widely regarded as a triumph. It was the first Olympics where every participating country included female athletes. It enjoyed packed stadiums and smooth organisation, and the focus on sporting legacy and post-games venue sustainability was seen as a blueprint for future Olympics (including Rio 2016 that opens in nine days’ time).

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‘Legacy’ and ongoing community benefit was probably the key factor on which London secured the Games back in 2005 in the face of fierce competition from Paris. London 2012 delivered that in spades, along with a boost to the economy and a genuine nationwide ‘feelgood factor’ that arguably helped turn a faltering post-credit crunch recovery into sustained economic growth.

The regeneration of east London has been spectacular, though many argue about whether the 2012 Games sparked a long-term sustained greater participation in sports and improved fitness levels to combat the obesity epidemic.

Ongoing contracts for manufacturers

The world-class sporting facilities are also part of the legacy, but perhaps less obvious are the ongoing contracts for British manufacturers and service providers, as enjoyed by Harper Chalice and Zaun (among others).

Harper Chalice’s general manager and director Chris Hackett said: “As part of the pre-award process we had to install our systems alongside our competitors for trial and testing by the Government Security Services. The prize for winning was huge – 26 kilometres of PIDs and electric fencing at over 400 zones around the Olympic Park that has formed the basis of the TriSecure complete perimeter protection system that we now provide today alongside Zaun for high-security utilities sites and others.”

Certainly, Zaun’s Games legacy as the principal 2012 ‘Olympics fencer’ keeps running and running. The business has returned to the Olympic Stadium on several occasions, first decommissioning after the 2012 Paralympics, then reconfiguring and removing security fencing for last autumn’s Rugby World Cup and most recently to prepare it as the new home of West Ham United FC and a national competition centre for UK Athletics.

The transformation has included installing the largest roof if its kind in the world, a community track, innovative retractable seating, spectator and hospitality facilities and external landscaping.

The London legacy is about much more than just sporting venues. Zaun has also provided fencing around the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the transformation of the 275 metre-long Olympic media complex into iCITY and innovative ‘green’ acoustic fencing panels for the Chobham Academy on the former Athletes’ Village site.

Zaun’s head of sales, Chris Plimley, concluded: “London’s legacy has touched education, commerce, industry, culture, media, tourism, sport and a whole lot more. We owe a large part of our commercial success to the 2012 Games. London showed how the Olympics can benefit an entire nation.”

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Zaun unveils bespoke perimeter security solution for UK Power Networks in East Anglia

The management team at a power substation in East Anglia have upgraded perimeter security for the location thanks to the installation of CCTV in combination with high security mesh and electric fencing. The UK Power Networks substation is part of the network that generates power from the North Sea gas fields.

The client instructed Carillion as main contractor, who then appointed Newall Civil Engineering to upgrade the security. Newall duly approached perimeter security systems specialist Zaun to design, manufacture and install a bespoke solution that would secure the site under a contract valued at £80,000.

In practice, Zaun had to devise three specially-developed, five metre-wide double gates (two of which form a ‘vehicle lock’) for the site, complete with cantilevered outward-opening secure hinges completely hidden from outside the gates.

The perimeter consists of Zaun’s HiSec Super6 security fencing, which uses a popular ‘358’ welded close mesh configuration that makes it difficult to climb or cut with anything other than power tools.

For good measure, Zaun added heavy duty 15 mm-thick base plates throughout with anti-tamper flanges on anchor bolts to secure the fencing to the ground, while the 3.2 m-high fence has been topped with Gallagher’s electric fencing to create a system that stands at a height of 4.4 metres in total.

In addition, the site now benefits from automated CCTV cameras around the perimeter to further discourage would-be intruders and provide early warning to security patrols of any attempted breach.

Alternative temporary security cordon

In addition to this project work, Zaun has just launched its latest rapid-deploy high security fence.

The AssetGuard is an alternative to Zaun’s SecureGuard, which was used at last year’s Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and for the NATO Conference in South Wales.

SecureGuard was developed specifically for the 2013 G8 Summit in Northern Ireland in tandem with crash barrier expert Highway Care. SecureGuard is a mobile high security range of products all tested to PAS 68:2010 to withstand multiple attacks by a 7.5 tonne truck at speeds of 20, 30 and 50 mph without them breaching the security perimeter.

The AssetGuard has been developed with Asset International, a subsidiary of Hill & Smith, which manufactures and supplies specialist safety barrier systems throughout the world (including the FlexBeam, FlexBeam Plus and Hi-Flex barriers for highways, motorways and dual carriageways, all of which are tested to EN1317).

The Varioguard barriers used on AssetGuard are just under 4 metres (compared to 12 metres on SecureGuard), meaning that they can handle ground undulations more easily. The fence posts are secured to the barrier by a new adapter plate bracket, while bolts have been added at right angles to the barrier to brace it and facilitate lifting into place.

The high security ‘cordons’ have been in-house mob tested to ensure they will repel would-be attackers and still maintain a secure perimeter. Both can be rapidly installed and are ideal alongside public access perimeter road networks.

They’re also ideal solutions for applications like utility plants as no below-ground foundations are needed. They can be used on both soft and hard standing surfaces. They give protection up to 3.5 metres in height and can incorporate above-ground foundation pedestrian and vehicle gates, turnstiles and access portals along with CCTV columns and PIDS.

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