Founded in 1629, Chigwell School is a co-educational independent boarding and day school in Essex. Following expansion in 2013 when a new pre-prep school was opened, the school caters to children aged 4-18. Situated on 100 acres of land just 10 miles from London, the school has remarkable facilities, including an astronomy dome, cricket pavilions, a 3G pitch, drama centre, and catering facilities opened by Michel Roux Jr. The school has undergone a number of developments over the years, including the building of a new sixth form centre, a dining hall extension, chapel renovation, junior school expansion, roof restorations, and most recently, a new sport and wellness centre – the largest project in the school’s history. The eco-friendly sports centre, designed to ‘support the character development of [its] pupils’ includes a 6 lane swimming pool, a 5 court multipurpose sports hall, a gym, studio rooms, and a café.
As the layout of the site has changed significantly, a number of new physical security upgrades were required such as the installation of fencing and gates.
To fit with the schedule of works set out by the main contractor, we were tasked with splitting the installation into areas to ensure there was minimal disruption. Some of the works were completed in October 2022, when we installed our timber Playtime® fencing and gates.
Around the drama centre, which is next to the new sports centre, our EuroGuard® Regular fencing and EuroGuard® Flatform gates were installed to protect the pupils and vehicles and provide a separate car park and entrance. As the sports centre can be used outside of school hours for residents, group, and clubs, the adjacent drama centre had the requirement for security at night. In addition, the drama centre can be hired externally for performances. Having a secure car park improves the value of the building, and provides a dedicated space for visitors to leave their vehicles safely.
EuroGuard Regular is a V mesh security fence panel, constructed from premium steel wire and galvanised to protect it from rust. EuroGuard Flatform single and double leaf gates, with their twin wire construction, were installed to provide safe and secure pedestrian and vehicular access. The security fence panels and gates were polyester powder coated black, in an architectural grade powder. The design of the drama centre mixes traditional and modern materials and methods, so a mesh fence type was ideal for providing security as well as visibility, while its unassuming appearance provides a safe and welcoming environment. The mesh fencing system is constructed from panels which are attached to posts using tamper-proof clips and fixings on the secure side of the fence, providing an extremely secure fencing system.
Among the values of the school is to create a nurturing environment, have a deep respect for lifelong learning, and make a positive mark around the world. With a 25 year guarantee, our fencing and gates help to satisfy this ambition for making positive change, by choosing high quality, sustainable products.