Old Trafford Ashes benefits from Olympic fencing

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Old Trafford Ashes venue managers turned to temporary technology developed for the London 2012 Olympics to increase the third Investec Ashes Test that concluded with England retaining The Ashes.

Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), has undergone £40m redevelopments designed to attract more international cricket and major music and entertainment events. As a result, LCCC approached event overlay specialist Zaun to provide a high-security temporary perimeter protection system for areas of the ground.

Specifiers and safety officials wanted to create an extra three metres of space around the ground’s perimeter to remove ‘pinch points’ and enable better spectator flow within the venue, without affecting pedestrian and traffic flow around the stadium, so needed fencing with a small footprint.

LCCC used Zaun’s MultiFence temporary fencing solution to effectively increase the perimeter while ensuring the aesthetic appeal of the ground was not altered, as the Multi-Fence system was branded with the event and advertising messages.

LCCC Event & Safety Manager Richard Mulcaster said: “Zaun has designed a really effective event overlay solution. They coped with all of the install constraints of a busy season of county and international cricket to put in an attractive system in double-quick time.“

Zaun installed 60 metres 3 metres high fencing system over two days after a midweek Friends Life t20 win over Roses rivals Yorkshire Vikings at the Emirates Old Trafford.

Zaun combined two of its celebrated temporary high-security systems developed specifically for last year’s Olympics and Paralympics Games – the Rapid Deployable System (RDS) and Multi-Fence – into the Manchester installation.

Both systems have won awards this year for protecting events and crowded places. In 2012 they were effectively deployed at several key sporting and high-security events in the UK. Multi-Fence also protected against hostile vehicle attacks and was used at several London 2012 Olympic venues.

RDS has saved up to 90% of police time during recent installations by uniquely providing hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) up to 30mph (48kph) in a rapidly-deployed temporary fencing solution with no below-ground foundations – a solution generally offered only by permanent fixed installations.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to be involved with LCCC to deliver such an effective solution for this high-profile sporting installation and at such an iconic venue.“

Old Trafford is England‘s second oldest Test venue and one of the most renowned arenas in world cricket. It hosted the first-ever Ashes Test held in England in July 1884 and hosted two Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

In 1956, England bowler Jim Laker grabbed the first-ever 10-wicket haul in a single inning, recording figures of 19 for 90 – a feat that has never been matched in Test or first-class cricket to this day.

Work began on the redevelopment in summer 2011 to preserve the ground’s rich history of Test cricket and increase its capacity as a music venue from 50,000 to 65,000.

First came the installation of permanent floodlights, a new video screen and a new ‘Players and Media’ centre, mimicking the design of The Point, with a two-tiered cantilever stand on either side. Contractors have replaced The Pavilion’s sloped roof with two modern glass storeys, finished in April 2013.

They demolished the media centre and corporate boxes on the western side of the ground to leave a space used for temporary seating or a stage when required when the Zaun overlay security is likely to be applied once more.

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About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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