Jacksons Fencing chosen to secure perimeter of London’s Delta Park Industrial Estate

Perimeter fencing and access control solutions manufacturer Jacksons Fencing was recently selected to secure the perimeter of the Delta Park Industrial Estate located in North London. Consisting of over 20 units, the site encompasses a furniture warehouse, logistics services businesses and a healthcare warehouse.

With so many different companies using the facility for a wide variety of purposes, making decisions that will affect the entire estate can prove to be something of a challenge.

A surveyor from Cushman & Wakefield, the global commercial real estate company, contacted Jacksons Fencing to enquire about the installation of generic palisade fencing for the Delta Park site.

Simon Folwell, a member of the commercial sales team at Jacksons, duly informed the client that Jacksons doesn’t manufacture or offer steel triple-point palisade fencing because of its poor security performance. Wide pales can hamper surveillance, while the bolted construction is a security risk as simply removing or breaking the lower fixing on one or two pales would allow them to swing aside to give repeated access to the site without leaving an easily visible sign that the perimeter had been breached.

Jacksons provided information and evidence to the surveyor proving palisade products’ unsuitability for the desired level of security. On reviewing how easy the specified palisade was to breach, the surveyor then worked closely with Jacksons to select a cost-effective, long-lasting and secure alternative to palisade.

Jacksons’ Barbican range was suggested. Along with offering an attractive aesthetic and a 25-year Service Life Guarantee, the vertical bar design features a welded ‘pale-through-rail’ construction method. Rather than being bolted together, the upright posts are sleeved through the horizontal rails and fully-welded in place, in turn delivering a higher level of security.

After speaking with the Jacksons team, the surveyor and architect chose to break the original specification and opted instead for Barbican. The final solution includes 215 metres of 2 metre-high Barbican fencing, a manual Barbican single leaf swing gate, an automated Barbican single leaf gate, manual rising arm barriers and a pair of automated swing gates designed to control vehicular access lanes going in and out of the site.

After winning the tender, preparing a final submission and waiting for planning permission, the installation took two months to complete and was carried out by Jacksons’ own installation experts.

Simon Folwell explained to Risk Xtra: “Despite generic triple-pointed palisade’s popularity and the widely held misconception that it can offer a perimeter security solution, this type of fencing has inherent weaknesses that belie its capability. It’s a false economy. The initial lower price is offset by the costs and inconvenience incurred by repairs. Specifying a higher quality product that’s immediately fit for purpose makes far more sense both in the short and longer terms and, importantly, adds little to the initial cost for the end user.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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