Cova secures landmark Nigeria tower behind PAS68 gates with Super10 mesh

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A landmark mixed-use development in Nigeria has been secured by the latest British perimeter technology.

Crash-tested bi-folding speed gates with inlaid security mesh panels have been installed at Nestoil Tower on Victoria Island, Lagos, along with crash-tested bollards and blockers.

Cova Security Gates from Crawley – creators of the world’s first crash-tested speed gate – won the contract to supply and install from leading Nigerian construction company Julius Berger.

The prestigious Nestoil Tower is a 15-storey mixed-use development consisting of 7,500 sq m of office space, 3,500 sq m of residential space, a multi-storey parking facility, and a recreational facility – and houses Julius Berger’s new corporate head office.

The building form was created using gently curved surfaces of high-performance glass with horizontal tubular details, which accentuate the sweeping effect of the curved façade.  The arced curtain walls are further defined by a surround of solid white metal panels to complete the contemporary composition of this building.

Cova was tasked to provide secure vehicle and pedestrian access and protect access from the gatehouse for staff entrances and exits at different areas and around the main building.

Cova supplied five crash-tested trackless bi-folding speed gates, one standard bi-folding gate, five rising arm barriers, four crash-rated bollards, a crash-tested shallow depth road blocker, a full-height double turnstile and a push-button access control system that controlled the entire turnkey project.

The gates were clad with steel fencing manufacturer Zaun’s Super10 steel mesh to add to the security of the gates.

Cova’s design team manufactured each product bespoke to the client’s specific requirements for the project because of the weight and material of the mesh to ensure PAS68 test standards were fully met and foundation requirements, speed of opening and closing, and power control were all as specified.

All gates and turnstiles were finished in ‘Signal White’ to blend in with the tower’s design and the fence line.

Cova filled three 40ft containers for shipping to Nigeria with all products tested before leaving the factory as part of its ISO9001 process and Julius Berger-appointed auditors.

Installation was arduous and fraught with difficulties, but once completed, a Cova engineer provided full training to the Nestoil Tower security team on how to operate the gates, blockers, barriers and turnstile daily to correctly implement protection in the event of a terrorist vehicle attack.

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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