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Wetlands project involving Binns Fencing opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

An £8.7 million Visitor Centre designed to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site. The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London.

As the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites, it needed protection to separate public areas from Critical National Infrastructure zones, for which Thames Water ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing.

Binns has installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun around strategic Thames Water assets, while Duo fencing, sliding gates and railings have been included at all main entrances. Oak Habitat gates and post-and-wire fencing provide a more natural boundary to non-secure areas.

The principal contractor on the project was London-based construction company Rooff, a family-run business with a track record stretching back 100 years.

The area’s distinctive nature stems from the site’s importance as a historic operational landscape that supplies drinking water to London, and its rich biodiversity, which is of international importance for water birds.

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The concept is to create a ‘green core’ of naturalised landscape at the heart of the reservoir complex with a generous pathway through the centre of the site and connecting to the strategic pedestrian and cycle route through the middle of the Lee Valley.

The project was designed by architect Witherford Watson Mann and landscape architect KLA, with engineer P3r and TALL, consultant Studio Dekka and collaborating organisation Counterculture also involved.

The reservoirs’ importance as a potential nature reserve was recognised as early as 1945 by Professor Patrick Abercrombie, who said: “A series of great reservoirs [is] acquiring a charm of [its] own as trees grow around them and on their little islands. They are becoming nature reserves for large numbers of birds and the resort of privileged fisherman. These areas are a great open-air lung to the crowded East End and their preservation is essential. Every piece of open land should be welded into a great regional reservation.”

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Perimeter security solutions specialist Zaun opens gates for Thames Water

Perimeter fencing specialist Zaun has installed trackless bi-folding automatic speed gates at a Thames Water administration building.

The vehicle gates – which incorporate live-monitored safety edges, dual-height safety photocells and manual-disengaging vertical infill bars – have replaced old rising arm barriers at Kemble Court, Thames Water’s Operations Management Centre in Reading.

Zaun also installed an adjacent pedestrian turnstile with a passage for bicycles and integrated the installation into existing fencing with 1.8 metre-high HiSec fencing.

So pleased are Thames Water with the vehicle gate solution that the business has specified it for one of its many sewage treatment plants – at East Hyde in Luton – that operates a combined heat and power (CHP) unit to generate the electricity the plant needs.

The CHP process ‘brews and chews’ sewage sludge to break down biodegradable material creating biomethane, or biogas, while methane from the sludge is burned to create heat, which in turn generates renewable electricity using a pre-treatment process called thermal hydrolysis.

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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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