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Olympic Games fencing supplier Zaun called in to protect London Underground construction project

London Underground has once again turned to high-security fencing systems supplier Zaun to protect one of its sites during important construction works.

Zaun has supplied MultiFence – a temporary, high-security fencing and gate system it developed specifically for the London 2012 Games – to help safeguard the £1 billion upgrade of Tottenham Court Road London Underground station.

MultiFence was used previously as hoardings to provide access while protecting construction works at nearby St Paul’s station, at Kings Cross station and also at the famous Bull Ring complex in central Birmingham.

Zaun became synonymous with temporary security fencing when it installed the 20 km boundary to the main Olympic Park, which included some intriguing 7.5 metre-high parapet fencing alongside the adjacent railway line, with a further 1.5 km of fencing providing a ‘ring-within-a-ring’ around the Olympic Stadium itself.

Crossrail and Transport for London are jointly redeveloping the existing 100 years-old tube station at Tottenham Court Road and building a new station, which is expected to be completed by 2016-2017.

The work is at the intersection of Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. The existing London Underground station handles 150,000 passengers per day, a figure forecast to increase to 200,000 per day when Crossrail comes on stream.

Key journey times will be reduced from Tottenham Court Road station to other stations including Canary Wharf (from 21 minutes down to 12 minutes), Ealing Broadway (27 minutes to 12 minutes) and Heathrow (53 minutes to 28 minutes).

The new, four-storey station will feature a Ticket Hall at Dean Street, three new station entrances, step-free access, additional escalators to access Northern Line platforms, a public piazza, access to the Northern and Central Line platforms and a western station box.

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PEL Services takes care of specialist fire safety and security solutions for Debenhams

PEL Services has just completed the design, supply and installation of a package of key safety systems for a further Debenhams store. As is the case at numerous other Debenhams stores around the UK, the new retail outlet in North Lincolnshire Shopping Park, Scunthorpe has been fitted with fire detection, security and Public Address systems.

The new store, which occupies 40,000 sq ft across two floors, is protected by a comprehensive store-wide ‘open protocol’ fire detection system as well as PEL’s Refuge Call, which allows a disabled person to alert Central Station operators to their predicament, in turn enabling the appropriate action to be taken.

A PA system has also been fitted by PEL Services’ engineers. This is used for safety and general announcements and to broadcast in-store radio and advertisements under a company-wide MEDIAinSTORE contract.

Security is a key consideration for the retailer. To this end, PEL Services has installed access control, intruder alarm and video-based door entry systems as part of the overall store security requirements.

PEL Services is providing security and fire safety solutions for the Debenham stores estate

PEL Services is providing security and fire safety solutions for the Debenham stores estate

For PEL Services, the real challenge at this site was the quick turnaround. Managing director Ken Faulks stated: “PEL Services has developed an excellent working relationship with Debenhams over the years. We serve the retailer with a quality package of cost-effective systems and provide a level of support to match. We also have the resources and the expert team to enable us to provide this level of service. Debenhams recognises as such through its continued use of our services across its stores, including our MEDIAinSTORE music in-store radio and advertising service which is now distributed throughout the Debenhams estate.”

PEL Services was recently responsible for the successful design, supply and installation of a Bose professional digital sound and PA system at Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store as part of an extensive £25 million refurbishment. The sound system features 650 ceiling speakers, making it one of the largest Bose ceiling speaker installations in Europe.

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