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 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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