Jumbo journey for Ascension Island appointment

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An 8,300 mile round trip to Ascension Island. A little-known but strategically critical island is what faces a UK security fencing manufacturer.

That’s the distance there and back from RAF Brize Norton to Ascension Island. Part of a British Overseas Territory together with St Helena and Tristan da Cunha under the British sovereignty. Sited in the South Atlantic just south of the Equator.

High-security fencing expert Zaun, whose HQ is in the West Midlands. Interserve was asked to perform a site survey for new gates and fencing at RAF Fuel Bowser Park on the island.

The MoD awarded Interserve an extension two years ago to deliver support services on the island until 2017. As part of a £300m single strategic UK-based management structure and bundled package of services for Ascension Island, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar.

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the South Atlantic. Around 1,000 miles from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles from the coast of South America.

The island hosts an RAF station with a US Air Force presence. A European Space Agency rocket tracking station. An Anglo-American signals intelligence facility and the BBC World Service Atlantic Relay Station. Used extensively by the British military during the Falklands War, with Operation Black Buck. The long-range bombing raid, being carried out from there.

Ascension Island is also the site of one of just five ground antennae that assist in the operation of the Global Positioning System navigational system.

Zaun’s survey consists of erecting 150 metres of new fencing around Bowser Park and designing, manufacture and fit the vehicle and pedestrian access gates. The park has slightly inclined approaches at both ends, which, combined with the position and size of the gates, suggests that the gates might need bespoke.

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About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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