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 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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