Glasgow springboard for future fencing gold

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Commonwealth Games delivery partners looked to the largest supplier of perimeter fencing protection to the London 2012 Olympics to secure Glasgow 2014.

They handed almost £4 million of contracts to integrated high-security perimeter event overlay specialist Zaun to design, manufacture, install and decommission temporary high-security fencing systems across the Glasgow 2014 sites, including Tier One venues.

Its installations were part of the Protective Perimeter Security contract awarded to Selex ES, the Finmeccanica subsidiary, to secure over 20 Games venues at Glasgow 2014, including the Commonwealth Games Village for athletes, as part of the overall £90m security budget.

But with Glasgow now over, and the Commonwealth Games flag handed on to Australia’s Gold Coast, who will host the Games in 2018, Zaun is looking to a packed programme of world sporting spectaculars over the next 20 months, culminating with the 2016 Olympics in Rio, to provide its integrated high-security perimeter event overlay services.

First up is the Cricket World Cup in Australia in March, followed in June by the first ever multi-sport European Games in Azerbaijan, which coincides with the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Croatia before the oval ball takes centre stage with October’s Rugby World Cup in England.

Chris Plimley, Zaun’s High Security Sales Manager, said:  “The feedback we got from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Police Scotland and the Home Office was very positive, and all were pleased with the security at the Games.

“So we are hoping to capitalise on that, our London Olympics experience and a host of keynote political summits to secure more major events in the future.“

 Zaun’s first involvement came in 2008, shortly after Glasgow was announced as the winning city.  After many months of informal discussions with the games interested partners, Plimley worked together with the bid teams of the potential delivery partners who answered the ITT.

Glasgow Games procurers ordered several thousand metres of two of Zaun's principal temporary high-security fencing systems – its MultiFence and award winning RDS – at heights of 3m and 2.4m, with sections fitted with Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) enhancements, hundreds of vehicle and pedestrian gates to suit each system and bespoke above ground and system-mounted CCTV columns incorporated into the fencing lines.image 2

Zaun developed its PAS 68 MultiFence especially to resist hostile vehicle and mob attacks at the London 2012 Olympics.  The UK Intellectual Property Office has since granted Zaun a patent for it.

Plimley said: “MultiFence was chosen because of the very cramped footprint around most Games venues and the ultra tight timescales for installation and post-Games removal.  Also, we have gathered vast amounts of experience in delivering time critical projects, and MultiFence can be upgraded with a temporary HVM measure without the need for foundations.”

As well as the extensive use of its systems at London 2012, the UK manufacturer has supplied The English Football Association's training centre at St George's Park, Meydan Racecourse in Dubai and the 2013 G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.

Zaun also installed 13km of fencing for the UK’s largest ever police operation involving 9,000 officers from 29 of the UK’s 43 police forces for the two-day NATO Conference at Newport's Celtic Manor and key sites in Cardiff last September.

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