Huge Beckton sewage works ups its security

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The perimeter at one of Europe’s largest sewage works has been enhanced as part of a £190m upgrade.

Thames Water is improving Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in East London to treat 60% more sewage than it currently does now and allow for a 10% population increase.

Beckton covers 250 acres or around 150 football pitches in the London Borough of Newham and currently serves 3.5 million people, making Europe’s largest sewage treatment works and the fourth largest in the world.

The upgrade will ensure the site can fully treat increased flows during heavy rainfall currently discharged into the River Thames. Additional storm flows from the Lea Tunnel, a new four-mile sewer for storm sewage currently overflows into the River Lee.

Thames Water has turned to long-term security fencing partner Zaun with a £½ million-plus contract to secure the 4.5km perimeter.

Zaun installed five different types of fencing in the first phase of works completed last year. It designed bespoke fencing to accommodate the variations in topographical environments in and around the site, including posts cranked over by 45° to overhang the top of a channel running alongside the river to provide a climb-resistant 1m-high fence barrier to anyone trying to scale the 5m high wall.

Zaun had to adapt the special ‘one-sided’ fencing first designed for the nearby London 2012 Olympic Park, where they could not access the outside of the fence line to install fixings.

And Zaun enclosed a secure compound on the site with its acclaimed HiSec DualSkin fencing.

Phase two of the security fencing upgrade has now begun, including a plethora of gates and the same specification fencing beneath 700mm flat wrap or concertina razor wire topping.

Zaun has had to create several special panels and bays on site to cope with severe changes in ground level, steps up onto concrete walls and bridges, and bolt up to existing structures as opposed to via in-ground or baseplate posts.

Beckton Sewage Treatment Works

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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