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 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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