An Olympic Gold medallist and two Leyton Orient youth system products have opened a new pavilion and sports centre at Ive Farm Sports Ground in East London.
Hockey midfielder Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE opened the Feel Good Too sports centre alongside Orient defender Sam Ling, goalkeeper Charlie Grainger and ribbon cutter Clare Coghill, the leader of Waltham Forest Council.
Richardson-Walsh won gold at the 2016 Rio Games after converting a penalty in the dramatic shootout win over defending Olympic and current world champions Holland.
The £11m scheme in Leyton, masterminded by the main contractor Willmott Dixon is now the new home of the Leyton Orient FC Academy, which has moved from the Score Centre, which will now be redeveloped for housing by Taylor Wimpey.
The Feel Good Too Centre includes two floodlit all-weather pitches, a 60m running track, six volleyball courts, a fitness trail, 40 growing beds and a pavilion with changing rooms and a café.
Access to the pavilion is via three swing gates, and three huge architectural tracked sliding gates, the largest of the 4.5m wide, clad with 358 fencings, forming part of the building walls.
The innovative scheme was designed by Fifth Studio Architects, supplied by steel fencing manufacturer Zaun Ltd and installed by Zaun subsidiary Binns Fencing.
Councillor Coghill said: “This is a great new facility in Leyton that will act as a sports hub for the whole borough, as well as a place where residents can come along to keep fit, take part in sports and make new friends in the local community.”
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.