30th March 2017
When considering temporary security fencing at major events, it’s not just what equipment you commission and install that matters, it’s also about the layout you use.
Clearly, the principle aim is to ensure that people can be carefully contained and directed when they attend the event so as to keep artists, sports teams, speakers and everyone else involved safe.
But there’s always the danger that, without thorough planning, your security fencing could hinder as much as it can help, spoiling the event for participants and organisers.
It can happen at the biggest and best events. United States President Donald Trump believes the security fencing on the Mall in Washington DC was one of the main reasons his inauguration crowd “appeared” to be lower than his predecessor. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that fencing and metal detectors such as magnetometers prevented hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in previous years.
Fencing erected without forward planning can create other problems too. A homeowner in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, spent £10,000 on security fencing around his property after repeatedly being burgled. However, the local authority ordered him to remove it as it was “distracting motorists”.
The same could be said of fencing for schools, prisons or for major industrial and commercial site security. The configuration must be right to ensure it manages the appropriate flow of people, rather than excessively impeding them from going about their business.
What some people don’t realise is that security fencing is also the subject of legislation and regulation these days. Legal requirements are clear when it comes to protecting people at events or on large industrial, construction or commercials sites.
So, the layout of temporary security fencing for an event – and permanent site security fencing – must be carefully balanced with making sure that it doesn’t unnecessarily impede people moving around or block their view. Plus, getting it installed and dismantled to a clear schedule avoids inevitable complaints when it “clutters” public areas after the event is over.
The need for carefully planning is one reason Zaun offers highly skilled and experienced staff who provide consultation and site surveys for every fencing project. Zaun doesn’t just take responsibility for getting the right materials to match the specifications of the project and manufacturing it to a high standard. We also ensure that it fits the physical parameters and geographical constraints, meeting the exact event requirements without negative impact.
Zaun also offers an installation service to further add to the seamlessness of the process – in other words, we are a one-stop shop when it comes to designing, manufacturing and installing security fencing to ensure it helps not hinders a successful outcome of your event.