Parks and Recreation
Victoria Park in Ashford, Kent, is a 17 acre park, the largest in the borough, situated a 15 minute walk from the high street. It features a lake and a fountain, with plenty of green and wooded areas to walk in. With aims to improve and protect the outdoor space, £4.5m has been injected by Ashford Borough Council and the national Lottery Heritage Fund after a consultation with over 1000 people to find out their desires for the park. In particular, the community facilities and play spaces were highlighted as needing updating. The development includes modern public toilets with family, disabled, and changing places, a new café with community space, a nursery, a new playground, bike track, sensory garden, and seasonal wetland. The new playground features a climbing frame, swing, trampolines, and a zipwire. An updated activity programme for the park features a variety of events including a Christmas Fair, art workshops, and hands-on conservation.
Until 1898, the land on which Victoria Park is now situated was a mixture of arable, pasture and orchard fields. The park was originally enclosed by cast iron fencing made by a local firm, but now the park perimeter is open.
Keeping with the tradition of purchasing products from local suppliers, Jacksons Fencing, with headquarters just 15 miles away, was specified by the architect to supply its EuroGuard® Combi fencing and gates to provide security around the café and nursery building.
Fencing and gates were required to secure the buildings after closing time, but they also needed to provide privacy around the nursery playground, and concealment for the bin storage area at the front of the café. To ensure the building looked cohesive, a fencing solution which provided all these elements was required.
With the new building being clad in timber slatting, our EuroGuard Combi fencing was a close match to continue this modern, natural aesthetic. Created from steel V mesh panels with interwoven timber slats, the fence provides strength and security as well as good aesthetics and concealment.
The planed timber and lack of sharp edges makes it an ideal fence for a nursery space while protecting children from the outside and also blocking litter from being blown into the area.
EuroGuard Combi is ideal for bin storage, particularly in a park setting which is usually empty after dark. The bins are hidden which prevents them being targets for arson, and during the day, they are removed from sight which ensures the public area is well presented, and odours and pests are kept contained away from people.
EuroGuard Combi, made from V mesh panels, features our unique mesh security clips which are secured with tamper-proof screws on the secure side of the fence that is concealed from view on the outside of the fence. Vandalism is common in park settings, but this protects the fence from being altered which could make it particularly unsafe in an area where children are present.
To match the fencing, a number of gates were installed to provide access to the bin storage and the nursery yard. At Jacksons, because we are a British manufacturer with our own design teams, gates can be made in almost any bespoke size and configuration to suit the requirements of your site, which is useful in a new build setting where everything is designed from scratch and specification can be followed closely. This helps to reduce costs and waste, and helps design new areas without breaking specification.
The steel mesh panels that make up the fencing were polyester powder coated green to further protect them from rust while the timber slats of the fence were kiln dried and pressure treated to prevent insect attack and rot. The fencing and gates were provided with a 25 year guarantee on both the timber and steel components, ensuring a low lifetime cost and value for money, and contributing to the sustainable goals of the development.