Established in 2007, Hope View Independent School in Chilham near Canterbury is a boys only institution that works with 7-18 year olds who have emotional, social, behavioural and learning difficulties. In 2010 the school expanded with the building of two new classrooms, allowing them to offer up to 40 children a better chance at receiving the tailored education they require. Today, the school has a capacity of 60, and currently has 45 pupils.
The school is situated in a challenging area; just off a major transport route and along the same road as the train station. The lane is often busy with cars that use the road for additional parking for the station. The need for better perimeter fencing was essential to keep the pupils safe from unauthorised visitors, traffic, and the train line that runs in close proximity to the school.
We supplied and installed 20m of Securi-Mesh® 358 fencing 2.44m high to replace existing fencing that was close to the train station and track. Securi-Mesh® is a secure anti-climb system that uses panels of climb resistant mesh designed with small apertures and welds at each intersection which prevents foot and finger holds. This new run of fencing is in addition to the existing standard steel palisade fencing around the train station, which the school realised was not sufficient to protect the school site. In addition to the fencing, we installed a single leaf Securi-Mesh® matching gate which has the same properties as the fencing, meaning there are no weak gaps in the perimeter.
EuroGuard® Regular fencing surrounds the perimeter of the school facing the main road and the lane leading towards the station. EuroGuard® Regular is a popular choice for schools due to its welded mesh design that offers security, durability and an aesthetic appeal. The wider apertures in the ‘V’ shaped mesh profile means there is high visibility through the fence from the school, which is important when a school boundary meets with a public road or area.
Both types of fencing were coated with RAL6005 green polyester powder coating.
As well as the two types of security fencing, the school opted for traditional timber Featherboard fencing around the outside of the car park, with the rails facing outwards to give the school the ‘good side’ of the fence. We also supplied matching double leaf swing gates, which have 180° opening allowing cars and emergency vehicles easy access.
All our timber and steel fencing and gates come with a 25 year guarantee, so the school can focus on providing education to their pupils without worrying about perimeter security.