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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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2015 IRB Rugby Union World Cup represents latest leg on Zaun’s Olympic Stadium relay

The IRB Rugby Union World Cup represents the latest leg in Zaun’s Olympic legacy that just keeps running and running. The Wolverhampton-based high security fencing manufacturer has been appointed to the latest two phases of work at the Olympic Stadium in London as it reopens temporarily for Rugby Union’s most special event.

England kicked off their campaign against Fiji at what it hopes will become ‘Fortress Twickenham’ through to the final on the last day of October.

Balfour Beatty was appointed to transform the former Olympic Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a year-round multi-use venue that will deliver a lasting sporting, cultural and community legacy in east London. That transformation includes installing the largest roof if its kind in the world, a community track, innovative retractable seating, spectator and hospitality facilities as well as external landscaping.

The initial two phases of work, which included a £150,000 contract for high security fencing to be installed by Zaun Group company Binns Fencing, finished a couple of weeks ago when the Olympic legacy team handed over The Stadium (as it will be known during the IRB Rugby Union World Cup) to the event organisers.

The 54,000-capacity stadium will host five matches, starting with today’s Pool D clash between France and Romania, New Zealand’s second Pool C match which takes place tomorrow, Ireland versus Italy and a fourth pool game between South Africa and the USA on Wednesday 7 October. The venue then stages the third place play-off on Friday 30 October.

It will then open permanently as the new home of Barclays Premier League club West Ham United and a national competition centre for UK Athletics.

Zaun is supplying over 800 metres of security-rated Duo8 SR1 fencing panels at heights varying between 2.4 metres and 3.5 metres, along with 200 metres of 5 metre-high sports fencing, over 200 metres of spectator railings and 13 pedestrian and vehicle gates.

The installation had to be completed within a month by Binns Fencing, which was bought a month ago by Zaun to enable the two to offer design, manufacture, supply and installation services for high security solutions from a single supplier.

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