ISSUE 12 July 2016
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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
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.
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!
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.