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 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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