Rooftop MUGA for space age Salford MediaCityUK school

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Rooftop MUGAThe UK’s digital and media hub in Salford is home to one of the most unusual schools in the country – UTC@MediaCityUK for 14-18-year-olds targeting digital and media jobs.

The four-storey school’s sleek black and space-grey exterior are proudly in the MediaCityUK skyline of futuristic and sustainable buildings.

Students get hands-on experience in specialisms from TV and film to radio and audio, graphics and design to interactive media and gaming from classrooms overlooking the BBC, ITV and the crisscrossed building of the University of Salford’s arts and media departments.

UTC is a radically different campus with massive filming studios, a gleaming radio studio and lives lounge, hi-tech gaming and design labs and a state-of-the-art science cluster.

The originality extends beyond the study environment: soft-seating group work areas incorporate built-in power- and data-points; acoustic panelling shrouds quiet study spaces; wifi is available everywhere, and there’s a unique rooftop football pitch and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

The 29m by 17m MUGA sits on top of a first-floor roof, butted against the four-storey building, with the wall part of the play area.

Rooftop MUGADawn Fencing Limited of Leigh, which has been going for more than 30 years and is the only fencing contractor dedicated solely to sports, installed the fencing on the other three sides.

They chose 4m-high Duo8 SuperRebound twin horizontal wire fencing panels from Zaun, which are highly durable, low maintenance, ‘graffiti proof and offered great rebound properties similar to a wall. They also minimise students having to head to the ground floor to retrieve balls exiting the MUGA!

Zaun had to design special base plates for the fence posts every 2.44m as they are mounted on the hard surface of the roof.

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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