Gateshead debuts security fence on new waste centre

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Gateshead Council is the first in the country to order new security-rated perimeter fencing from Zaun for its newly modernised waste transfer station and adjacent recycling centre that opens today [1 July].

The Campground Household Waste & Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Wrekenton reopens today after a 14-month redevelopment of the 25-year-old site.

The modernised HWRC is bigger, has a roof to shelter users, more recycling containers and a new one-way road system to improve the service for Gateshead council residents and cut down traffic queuing at busy times.

The new waste transfer station can handle up to 90,000 tonnes of waste per year and includes a visitor and education centre powered by solar panels and a small wind turbine as a resource for local schools.

It is also more secure now the 200-metre security fence on the new waste centre has been enclosed by Zaun’s HiSec SR1 fence panels, posts and double leaf gates.

A variety of 31 Zaun installations at heights of anything above two metres and at gradients up to 12 degrees have been SR rated to LPS 1175 from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), as tested by the Buildings Research Establishment.

To maintain accreditation and a listing in the LPCB Red Book, manufacturers must regularly demonstrate to independent auditors that they produce products consistent with those tested. This gives the customer the guarantee that they are getting a secure and quality product.

Products approved by LPCB are rigorously tested for resistance to deliberate attack and play an important role in protecting people and property against physical attack, burglary, vandalism and terrorism.

LPS 1175 specifically covers the approval and listing of intruder resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free-standing barriers.

Colin Huntington, head of waste services and grounds maintenance at Gateshead Council, said:

“The new centre will be totally secure and will be a great facility for our residents and help us in our quest to boost recycling rates to 50% by 2020.”

The HWRC accepts waste for recycling – from paper, glass, tins and plastics, garden waste, small electrical items and DIY building waste.


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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