Zaun exports British security to French prison

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Zaun has exported its high-security fencing expertise across the Channel to secure prison in the north of France.

We supplied almost 1000m of our original HiSec security fencing with the popular ‘358’ welded mesh configuration to repel would-be intruders and keep residents secure within.

The system attributes make it an excellent solution for high-security applications, reflecting its use by the Home Office for UK prisons.

But unusually for the Longuenesse prison in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France, the fencing is powder-coated white.

It gives the prison a more relaxed feel to comparable English institutions, an impression enhanced further by a MUGA and three rooftop exercise areas with a ball court and angled fencing merged into the sloped roofing angles.

We designed 6m high fencing with a crank on top clad by 1mm thick steel sheet cladding for the 215m of internal perimeters, then 450m of 5m high fencing beyond a five-metre ‘dead zone’ between the two fence lines.

The internal fence line included a half-metre high 100mm thick concrete ‘kicker board’ that sunk 250mm into the ground to prevent tunnelling.

Zaun also supplied special gates with electronic locks automatically activated from a central control room and HiSec cladding to upstairs windows as part of the €200,000 fully integrated system.

It all made for a highly unusual job for us, who worked on the €8.3m prison for 85 residents alongside leading French construction company Spie Batignolles, which boasts annual revenues of €1.8 billion.

HiSec’s close mesh pattern means that it is difficult to cut and almost impossible to climb.

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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