New attraction at Olympic Park Orbit

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The Olympic Park Orbit tower, an iconic symbol of the London 2012 Olympics, has reopened to the public with help from Olympic fencing champion Zaun.

The flagship looping red steel tubular sculpture alongside the main Olympic Stadium, known as the ArcelorMittal Orbit, reopened to the public last month and the south half of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The striking steel structure became a perfect symbol of the brilliance and originality of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – and now visitors who book to make the ascent up the 114m tower will be rewarded with breath-taking views over the park, the city of London and 20 miles beyond.

The Olympic Park Orbit (ArcelorMittal Orbit) was created by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond and uses 2000 tonnes of steel, more than half of it recycled.

The idea was spawned from a chance conversation between London Mayor Boris Johnson and Lakshmi Mittal of steel giant ArcelorMittal: the Mayor mused about creating a landmark to commemorate the London Games, and Mr Mittal immediately came on board and agreed to provide the steel.

The crowds are channelled by fencing, fittingly designed from steel mesh, manufactured and installed by the same British company who provided most of the temporary high-security fencing for the London 2012 Games – including the Olympic Stadium’s perimeter and the main park.

Zaun has provided 2km of 2.4m high Grata fencing around the tower itself, a further 400m of 1.2m fencing around The Podium houses ticket shop, event space, café and toilets, with access provided through canopied pedestrian turnstiles, two sliding vehicular gates and a 40mm thick steel panel specially requested by main contractor Skanska.

Beyond is an open play area of tree trunks, Cornish granite and white sand; a snake-shaped line of fountains for children to play in; five waterways crossing the park; an orange climbing wall; and the South Lawn.

South Park is the last piece in the jigsaw of the two-year transformation of the 560-acre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to open to the public.

Earlier this year, Zaun clad the facade of the 1200-space Olympic media complex car park, as part of the conversion of the Press and Broadcast Centre to prepare for iCITY, a digital hub comprising new tenants Loughborough University, data centre provider Infinity, Hackney Community College and BT Sport, who now broadcast 38 Barclays Premier League live games a season.

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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