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 Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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