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 Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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