Wetlands project opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

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Wetlands FencingAn £8.7m visitor centre to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site.

The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, unique in London.

Because the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites, it needed protection to separate public areas from CNI zones. As a result, Thames Water has ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing.

Binns have installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun, while Duo fencing, sliding gates and railings have been included at all main entrances. In addition, Oak Habitat gates and post and wire fencing provide a more natural boundary to non-secure areas.

The project’s principal contractor was London-based construction company Rooff, a family-run business with a track record stretching back 100 years.

The area’s distinctive nature stems from its importance as a historic operational landscape that supplies drinking water to London, and its rich biodiversity, which is of international importance for water birds.

The concept is to create a ‘green core’ of the naturalised landscape at the heart of the reservoir complex with a generous pathway through the centre of the site and connecting to the strategic pedestrian and cycle route through the middle of the Lee Valley.

The project was designed by architect Witherford Watson Mann and landscape architects KLA, with engineers P3r and TALL, consultants Studio Dekka and collaborating organisation Counterculture.

The reservoirs’ importance as a potential nature reserve was recognised as early as 1945 by Professor Patrick Abercrombie, who said: “A series of great reservoirs [is] acquiring a charm of [its] own as trees grow around them and on their little islands – they are becoming nature reserves for large numbers of birds and the resort of privileged fisherman.

“These areas are a great open-air lung to the crowded East End – their preservation is essential…Every piece of open land should be welded into a great regional reservation.”

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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