Zaun prison posts land at Wrexham super prison

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The first MoJ approved prison posts have rolled off the production line at Zaun and been delivered to the new £250m super-prison at Wrexham.

Zaun Group companies were appointed to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) approved supplier and installer list of fencing materials at the end of 2015.

Binns Fencing and Zaun Limited, who became sister companies earlier in 2015, are working together on the Category C closed prison with a small remand function that will open next year and hold 2,106 adult male offenders.

Binns won the contract to supply and install large stretches of prison-standard secure perimeter fencing on the former Firestone site on Wrexham Industrial Estate, working alongside main contractor Lendlease.

The £212m construction will provide good quality prison accommodation that reduces the cost per prisoner place. Once operational, it will further boost the regional economy by around £23 million a year and create up to 1,000 jobs.

At Wrexham, the Government will adopt a new public, voluntary and private sector collaboration to run the prison. Her Majesty’s Prison Service will take overall ownership and outsource 34% of service provision – including a large industrial workshop complex.

The MoJ concluded its selection process before Christmas for companies to be appointed to its framework contract to supply fencing materials, including financial audits and sample installations for inspection and testing by MoJ personnel.

Zaun was appointed to the framework as an approved supplier of permanent and temporary galvanised steel fence posts and welded steel fence mesh. At the same time, Binns was certified as an approved installer.

The approvals apply to MoJ prison fencing throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman said: ‘It’s a really proud moment seeing the first steel prison fence posts off our production lines. And the control we can exercise from design, through manufacture and supply to the installation of fencing systems, gives us the confidence to win more work like Wrexham.

‘Indeed, we hope Wrexham may prove the blueprint for the Government’s published future new-build prison programme.’

On 9 November 2015, then Chancellor George Osborne and then Justice Secretary Michael Gove unveiled a major new prison reform programme, including building nine new prisons. Five of them were due to open before May 2020.

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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