Binns shoots at more jobs like £250m Wrexham super prison

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The new £250m super-prison at Wrexham indicates the work two newly-allied high-security fencing experts will be targeting today.

Binns Fencing and Zaun Limited, which today became sister companies in the Zaun group, are working together on the new Category C closed prison with a small remand function that will open in 2017 and hold 2,106 adult male offenders. For “those who cannot be trusted in open conditions but who do not have the resources and the will to make a determined escape attempt”.

Zaun stand M50 CTX 2015 press pack - 2014111103 Wrexham FINALBinns won the order to supply and install almost 2km of prison-standard secure perimeter fencing on the former Firestone site on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Binns has just finished installing the first phase of the 5.2m high perimeter made up of 750 Zaun’s HiSec security fencing panels with the popular 358 welded mesh configuration.

Construction work is set to be stepped up since the Ministry of Justice officially signed the £156.9 million contract with the main contractor Lend Lease, following months of preparatory work that has included levelling the site, erecting the secure perimeter fence and digging foundations for the first house block.

Binns MD Adam Binns said: ‘Wrexham is typical of the trend among our clients wanting us to take full responsibility for fencing, from design, through manufacture and supply to installation. Now, as part of the Zaun group, we can target this type of work confident in the knowledge we have control right through the project.’

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.

Two months ago, Prisons Minister Andrew Selous announced the Government would adopt a new public, voluntary and private sector collaboration to run the prison. As a result, her Majesty’s Prison Service will take overall ownership and outsource 34% of service provision – including a large industrial workshop complex.

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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