Lovely jubbly – Hammers’ Stadium kick-off makes Zaun all bubbly

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Bubbles will be blown for the first time at the new London Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – and quite probably champagne corks popped – when West Ham United’s historic home Premier League curtain-raiser kicks off this weekend.

And celebrations will ring out in Wolverhampton, too, as the match heralds potentially the final leg of steel fencing manufacturer Zaun’s Olympic Stadium relay.

The Hammers will play Bournemouth on Sunday 21 August at 4 pm. The game will be broadcast live on SkySports1 and is their first Premier League home outing since their move from The Boleyn Ground at Upton Park, where they played for the past 112 years.

That has been made possible by the latest reincarnation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium as a permanent home for West Ham and a national competition centre for British Athletics.

Balfour Beatty was appointed to transform the former Olympic Stadium into a year-round multi-use venue that will deliver a lasting sporting, cultural and community legacy in east London.

The transformation included installing the largest roof of its kind globally, a community track, innovative retractable seating, spectator and hospitality facilities and external landscaping.

Zaun was the principal 2012 Olympics fencer and has returned to the Olympic Stadium on several occasions, first decommissioning after the 2012 Paralympics, then reconfiguring and removing security fencing for last autumn’s Rugby World Cup.

Just last month, the London Stadium played host to the Muller Anniversary Games and the likes of Golden Olympian Brits Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt in a final pre-Olympics workout.

Bolt, who won triple gold at London in 2012 and held the 100m and 200m world records, retained his record of never losing in the stadium when he won the 200m despite a recent hamstring injury.

Zaun has supplied 5m-high security-rated Duo8 SR1 fencing together with gates and spectator railings for this latest revamp, installed by group company Binns Fencing.


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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