Rooftop MUGA maximises space at West Bromwich UTC

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A university technical college with a rooftop games area has embarked on its second academic year in operation.

(HFUTC) in Sandwell is on such a tight town centre site in West Bromwich that architects designed the MUGA on top of one of the college rooves.

That made the specification of effective perimeter fencing more critical to avoid the constant escape of balls from the playing surface down onto the ground far below.

Dawn Fencing Limited of Leigh installed this installed, which has been going more than 30 years and is the only fencing contractor dedicated solely to sports.

They chose 4m-high Duo8 Super Rebound twin horizontal wire fencing panels from Zaun, which are highly durable, low maintenance, ‘graffiti proof and offer great rebound properties similar to a wall.

The court includes six integral floodlight posts in the fence line, one pair of double leaf gates, and three single gates.

HFUTC offers educational experiences and opportunities to 14-19-year-olds from across the Sandwell borough in a unique partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Co-operative Pharmacy and 21 partner employers in health, education and the public sector.

BAM Construction built the £9 million 5,390 sq m building, its 16th UTC. It contains four storeys of learning space for 600 pupils, including laboratories, a visualisation suite, a hospital teaching ward and the rooftop MUGA.

A tenth of the building’s energy comes from renewables, with photovoltaic cells used for solar power.

rooftop MUGA


About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems manufacturing the UK’s entire system.  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 remained a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. 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 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.

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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