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EuroGuard Flatform Medium fencing and gates; bespoke bike restrictors
A large BMX track was created on the outskirts of London within a park that also boasts formal gardens as well as designated areas for a range of activities including football, basketball, bowling and tennis. It was created as part of an initiative designed to capitalise on the London 2012 games to inspire and encourage local residents to be more active. The aim is to stimulate interest in trialling new sports by providing modern facilities in readily accessible locations.
Since the BMX track was sited in a public park, identifying appropriate measures to secure the facility was essential to its long-term success. The key problems that needed to be addressed included restricting unauthorised entry by motorbikes and scooters as well as identifying a system for securely locking the entrances at night. Minimising access to the site by wild animals was a further important consideration.
The local Council contacted Jacksons Fencing to discuss the options.
After numerous site visits and in-depth discussions with Peter Lawson, Business Development Manager, they were awarded the contract on the back of its proven sector expertise and ability to provide a totally bespoke solution to secure the entrances to the park. Another significant factor was the aesthetic appeal of the EuroGuard Flatform Medium fencing system that was recommended.
The main objective for the two entrances to the site was to ensure easy entry by BMX bikes but to curb access for motorbikes and scooters. This represented a challenge due to the negligible difference in size between the vehicles. The initial entrance design incorporated two main alterations to the bike restrictors that had been specified:
increasing the height of the bike restrictor by attaching additional vertical posts to the top of the device to prevent individuals from lifting their motorbike handles over the top.
infilling the bike restrictor sides with steel sheets to avoid the manoeuvring of handlebars through the gaps.
In addition, a small pedestrian guardrail fence was installed almost immediately inside the entrance creating a narrow space that can only be navigated by a BMX bike.
A dog grill was positioned at ground level in the middle of the entrances. The two 1830mm high x 1200mm wide EuroGuard gates deliver an extra level of security as well as being visually pleasing. The gates feature padlockable drop bolts and side latches for added protection when the track is closed.
174 metres of 1830mm high EuroGuard Flatform Medium fencing defines the boundary line. Key features include a unique vandal-proof panel to post fixing, with no hand or footholds ensuring a strong anti-climb design. The council stipulated that the fence should be no more than 100mm above ground level to stop animals such as dogs and foxes gaining access, while allowing space for ground maintenance duties. TEuroGuard fencing guaranteed no problems were found as it can accommodate sloping and uneven ground.
The project was completed in ]three months and the end result was an excellent installation and a delighted customer.
The system carries a 25-year guarantee.