Rugby World Cup is latest leg on Zaun’s Olympic Stadium relay

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The IRB Rugby World Cup kicks off today – and with it, the latest leg in Zaun’s Olympic legacy keeps running and running.

The Wolverhampton high-security fencing manufacturer has been appointed to the latest two phases of work at the Olympic Stadium as it reopens temporarily for the Rugby World Cup.

Today sees the opening ceremony followed by the first action at 8 pm when England kick off their campaign against Fiji at what they hope will become Fortress Twickenham through to the final on the last day of October.

Balfour Beatty was appointed to transform the former Olympic Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a year-round multi-use venue that will deliver a lasting sporting, cultural and community legacy in east London.

The transformation includes installing the largest roof of its kind globally, a community track, innovative retractable seating, spectator and hospitality facilities and external landscaping.

The initial two-phase of works, which included a £150,000 contract for high-security fencing to be installed by Zaun group company Binns Fencing, were finished 11 days ago, when the Olympic legacy team handed over The Stadium, as it will be known during the World Cup, to the RWC organisers.

The 54,000-capacity stadium will host five matches, starting with the Pool D clash between France and Romania on Wednesday 23 September, New Zealand’s second Pool C match the following day, Ireland v Italy and a fourth pool game between South Africa and the USA on Wednesday 7 October, before staging the third-place play-off on Friday 30 October.

It will then open permanently as the new home of West Ham United Football Club and a national competition centre for UK Athletics next year.

Zaun supplies over 800 metres of security-rated Duo8 SR1 fencing panels at heights varying between 2.4m and 3.5m, along with 200m of 5m high sports fencing, over 200m of spectator railings and 13 pedestrian and vehicle gates.

The installation had to be completed within a month by Binns, which Zaun bought a month ago to enable the two to offer design, manufacture, supply, and install high-security solutions from a single supplier.

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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