From Zaun to Ashford – To infinity and beyond!

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Zaun has completed a radically unique solution for the focal point of a new £16.5m town centre in Ashford, Kent.

The project’s centrepiece is a new public square next to Victoria Road School, called John Wallis Square. We have created one-off architectural fencing to lend a natural edge to the square while reducing visibility through to the school beyond.

We drew on our specialist skills in bespoke construction to produce the complex fencing solution, which includes two layers of perforated panels with different-sized apertures creating a zany fence line up to a height of 4m.

An artist designed the scheme to commemorate the pioneering work of John Wallis, a famous Ashford-born mathematician who developed various mathematical theories and introduced the symbol for infinity.

Different materials and finishes have been used to create an art trail with etched text and symbols relating to his work.

Zaun and the main contractors, Volker Fitzpatrick, accommodated several original designs to reduce overall scheme costs. A pavilion was replaced with an additional planting area, and the length of the architectural fencing was reduced.

The £16.5m project secured Community Infrastructure Funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport. Kent County Council awarded the contract to Volker in May, and work began in June 2010.

Representatives from Ashford’s Future, Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Volker Fitzpatrick, Zaun and Victoria Road Primary School were among the special guests invited to an event held in July celebrating the start of works.

Victoria Way is a new route to the south of the town centre to link the International Station at Beaver Road and the A28 Chart Road providing better access to the heart of the town.

The new road opened in November 2011, providing an attractive, tree-lined avenue from Victoria Road opposite the train station through brownfield industrial land to join with the A28 near Matalan, including John Wallis Square, public art displays and new shops, restaurants, cafes and homes over time.

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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