Fears of a terrorist attack during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games led to a budget of £90 million being spent to improve security. Event organisers were particularly concerned about a Vehicle as a Weapon (VAW) attack on the crowds at the events and mob attacks on fencing, where multiple people either topple or scale and climb the fences.
The Scottish government was instrumental in determining the costs after studying the security in place at the 2012 London Olympics. The detailed security review followed what was described as a “comprehensive observation programme” at the Olympic Games.
This resulted in the Commonwealth Games’ organisers recognising a need to secure the venues for longer than originally planned. More security was proposed for the sporting venues, including perimeter fencing, CCTV and security checking equipment.
To combat the risk of VAW attacks, at Zaun we provided two of our high-security temporary fencing systems: the MultiFence PAS 68 HVM fence and barrier system and the innovative RDS PAS68 HVM crash fence system.
Designed in consultation with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the Home Office, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, the security fences have been used consistently for major events in the UK.