Zaun fencing first at Vancouver psychiatric hospital

A psychiatric hospital in Vancouver, Canada, has been upgraded with British security fencing without impinging on the facility’s ongoing operation.

British Columbia fencing installer Streamline Fencing Ltd has installed 300m of British steel mesh manufacturer Zaun Ltd’s HiSec 358 fencing to secure the 190-bed Colony Farms Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Vancouver.

They worked successfully alongside customised facilities manager BGIS and British Columbia Mental Health Services (BCMHS) to navigate out of bounds areas during certain periods.

The hospital treats and rehabilitates people who have crossed the law and are deemed unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible due to mental illness.

In doing so, Streamline has created a safe and secure, aesthetically pleasing hospital for the patients and staff within and to the community beyond with anti-climb fencing that provides full through-visibility.

This is the first time a HiSec 358 style secure mesh has been used in Vancouver, Canada, which also facilitated bespoke installation in areas of the hospital.

The fencing was 4m high and incorporated barbed wire topping to provide additional security along with special clamp bars and fixings.  It is the first time Zaun fencing has been used in Canada.

BCMHS are so delighted with the result that they are looking at using a similar product on another hospital on Vancouver Island – while Streamline is in discussions to become the accredited distributor for Zaun in North America.

Streamline’s Phil Murphy said: “Zaun’s professional approach to the project was outstanding. They had an amazing choice of products for the application. In addition, the details in the specifications & drawings answered all the questions that our client had about the product and installation.”

Streamline owns and operates its own fleet of vehicles, machinery and equipment. At the same time, experienced installation teams are trained in the most advanced techniques and equipped with the latest technology in use in the fencing industry.

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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