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.
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.”