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Glasgow 2014’s Gold Medal Security

Glasgow 2014’s Gold Medal Security

The city’s reputation assured under the spotlight of billions of viewers

The Challenge

Commonwealth Games hosts welcomed almost 5,000 athletes from 71 competing nations to the 20th Games at Glasgow 2014. They were the players on the stage across 18 sports, with the action broadcast to an estimated global audience of one and a half billion.

For a fortnight of summer 2014, the eyes of the world were trained on Glasgow, so organisers had to deliver impeccable security to protect competitors, spectators, volunteers and dignitaries alike to preserve and enhance the city’s global image.

The Solution

Organisers awarded the prestigious contract as the Protective Perimeter Security provider to Selex ES, the Finmeccanica subsidiary, who turned to the largest supplier of perimeter fencing protection to the London 2012 Olympics.

Selex ES handed almost £4 million of contracts to integrated high-security perimeter event overlay specialist Zaun to design, manufacture, install and decommission a broad vista of temporary high-security fencing systems across Glasgow 2014 sites.

Together, they provided a wide range of physical security measures to secure over 20 Games venues at Glasgow 2014, including the Commonwealth Games Village for athletes and other Tier One venues such as the iconic Celtic Park, which was used for the opening ceremony, and Hampden Park, where the games officially closed.

Zaun supplied several thousand metres of its MultiFence and award-winning RDS systems at heights of 3m and 2.4m, with sections fitted with Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) enhancements.

Zaun also installed hundreds of vehicle and pedestrian gates and CCTV columns incorporated into the fencing.

“Zaun had vast experience of delivering time critical projects on time and within budget. And their systems can be installed and removed quickly without the need for foundations and upgraded with temporary HVM enhancements.”