What is BSI standard BS1722 Part 14


The BSI standard BS1722 Part 14 provides an up-to-date specification for open mesh steel panel fences, as well as the gates and gate posts used with them. This article will explain why this standard is used and how it protects users.

Why is this standard important?

This is an important fencing standard because it outlines guidance for manufacturing and installing fencing. The BSI is the independent national body that is responsible for preparing British standards. Incorporated by the Royal Charter, it presents the UK’s view on European and international standards.

The standard aims to lay down minimum performance requirements for the materials and artistry of open mesh steel panel fences. These fence types are:

Choosing a fence is affected by various factors, including desired service life, intended purpose, aesthetic consideration and the components available. Ground conditions may suggest that a variation in the length of a post, strut or depth, to which it should be set is desirable.

Who uses this standard?

This British standard BS1722 Part 14 has been created to use a variety of people and organisations. This includes:

  • Fencing installers
  • Fencing systems and component manufacturers
  • Specifying authorities and purchases. This includes commercial, utilities and security specifiers.
  • Local and national government authorities
  • Reference sources and trade associations
  • General fencing users. This includes H&S managers, operators and maintenance personnel.

What products is BS 1722 Part 14 used on?

This standard is used on open mesh steel panel fences and boundary fences, which are fences intended to mark boundaries to deter trespassers. It can also be used on security fences, which are used in areas where more protection is needed from trespassers and vandalism. This could include general industrial security, such as industrial estates.

The BS 7122 Part 14 standard also refers to high-security fences. These are designed to be used in areas where protection against determined intrusion is needed. In addition, it can be used for extra high-security fences, which are fences that cannot be scaled without climbing aids.

What protection does the user get from specifying this standard?

This standard is a well-used, consistent and proven framework that is relied on by specifying authorities. The BS 1722 Part 14 standard allows for suitable and safe structures for open mesh steel panel fences. When using this standard, the user can be assured that they will be protected against intruders and trespassers.

At Zaun, all of our welded mesh products, including HiSec 358, Duo6, Duo8 and others, are all manufactured to BS 1722 Part 14 Standards.

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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