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 ISSUE 12 July 2016

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Member News

Big cats in zoos have an uncanny similarity to

children in schools when it comes to security


There’s a pressing need to keep them safely


, protect the


public from intruding

within and yet allow good visibility through

the fencing to prevent the environment from

appearing like a fortress.

So PSSA member Zaun, which is perhaps

better known for its schools, prisons and major

events perimeter protection, is also often called

upon to provide enclosures for lions and tigers.

Its expertise dates way back to 2003 when it

first installed its Duo fencing with cranking at

Big cats aplenty as hunt for zoo

orders becomes a stampede

the top of the mesh panels to keep the tigers

within their enclosure at the Isle of Wight Zoo

in Sandown.

The seven tigers, four of whom have circus

backgrounds, are the speciality of the zoo, which

serves as a sort of retirement home, as is the case

with their white tiger, Zena, who has had eye

problems for many years and in 2006 had to have

one of her eyes removed due to glaucoma.

The family-run zoo was built within the ruins of

a Victorian fort that originally guarded Sandown’s

coast, whose beaches the zoo owners famously

used to walk tiger cubs along.

The Sandown solution is very similar to the

one Zaun is currently supplying to Longleat

Safari and Adventure Park for its lion enclosure

– and which secures the lions and tigers at Riga

Zoo in the Latvian capital.

And the Zaun Group was also involved in the

recent reopening of London Zoo’s Asiatic lion

enclosure after a £5.7m project to create the

Land of the Lions covering more than 2,500 sq m,

or half the size of a football pitch – five times the

size of the previous enclosure.

Zaun sales manager Paul Fidgett said:“It’s

something we’ve never really pushed and we’ve

just had a steady trickle of zoo projects over the

years. But for some reason in 2016, we’ve been

inundated with enquiries from zoos, especially

for their big cat enclosures, as the efforts to

conserve endangered species ramps up.”

Welcome to new PSSA members H2S2. Having

formed a long standing working relationship,

HCSS and Hardstaff Barriers formed the Joint

Venture organisation H2S2. Working together

with Sussex Police, H2S2 are now responsible

for the promotion and the supply of the

National Barrier Asset product range owned

by the Home Office to provide robust HVM

measures and security fencing. Read all about

their latest venture in this newsletter.


– H2S2

Thanks to

Rob Simmons

Earlier this year Rob Simmons of Fensec stepped

down frommembership of the PSSA Council. He

was a tremendous support to the PSSA during

its formative years and was a regular attendee

at meetings despite the usual long journey

from his base in Devon. The Council of the PSSA

would like to place on record our thanks to Rob

– and express the hope that his experience and

counsel on security fencing matters will still be

available to us!


Business –

PSSA join


advisory panel

The PSSA have agreed to be join

the new editorial advisory panel for

counter terror business and its sister

publication, defence business. As part

of the partnership, all pssa members

will receive free access to the digital

versions of the magazines. Rob Oliver

of PSSA explains, “it’s great that leading

trade publications are coming to us

for support. We feel we can play a

constructive part in setting the media

agenda for the growing security sector”.

Build UK survey – are you in?

BUILD UK represents both main contractors, their specialist sub-contractors – and has some 42

trade association members, including the PSSA. Their quarterly State of Trade Survey, to which

all PSSA members can contribute, covers a wide area of the construction sector. Its results

are used to inform Build UK in its dealings with government and its agencies – and it gains

coverage in such titles as Construction News, Construction Enquirer and Building Magazine.

Build UK also contributes to the industry-wide quarterly State of Trade report compiled by

the Construction Products Association (CPA). If you need details on how to provide your input

please contact the PSSA office.