Keynote Olympic legacy project boasts fencing first

An innovative 'green' acoustic fencing panel has been used for the first time on an Olympic legacy project – by the largest supplier of temporary high-security fencing systems to the London 2012 Games.

Zaun has developed its DBS fencing system from recycled waste plastics that can deflect noise and soak up flying fragments. It has put it to use for the first time at the Chobham Academy, one of the keynote Olympic legacy projects.

The Academy is on the former Athletes' Village site for London 2012 and reemploys the buildings that were the main base for organising and managing teams from the record 206 nations that took part.

Rebuilt after the games, it opened in September 2013 as a purpose-built education and leisure campus with a specialism in performing arts comprising a nurseryprimary and secondary school, sixth form and adult learning on the edge of the new East Village neighbourhood with 2,818 new homes, community health facilities and over 10 hectares of public leisure space.

Academy architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Lend Lease Group, who are responsible for the design, development and construction of East Village, chose Zaun's DBS acoustic fencing to reduce the impact of noise from the Tube line that runs alongside the academy boundary.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman said: 'This really is extreme innovation to better meet bespoke specifier needs while reducing whole life costs and cutting the overall impact on the environment.'

The mixed-plastic-waste panels can be incorporated onto any of Zaun's extensive range of fencing post and panel systems, so specifiers can tailor the solution to their precise needs.

The panels are easy to erect, very low maintenance and suffer very low repair needs, significantly reducing the whole life cost of the fencing system.

The Home Office has tested the panels to PBAS V 2.1 EP BASE Standard for resisting manual attacks, while their V50 is 344.6m/s against .22 17gr 1.1g skirted fragment simulating projectiles to STANNAG 2920.

The panels' impressive acoustic-loss properties have been rated B3 with a 36dB loss under BS EN 1793-2.

They have also been subjected to 500-hour accelerated weathering, fire tested and achieved an R-value of 0.98 in smoke and toxicity tests according to BS 6853:1999: Annex B.2, within the most stringent regulations set out for use on the London Underground.

The Chobham Academy has been dubbed 'the school with an Olympic playground', with swimming lessons taking place in the aquatics centre and sports days in the Olympic Stadium.

Britain's greatest ever gymnast Beth Tweddle opened the Beth Tweddle Academy there as part of a national rollout programme with fellow Olympian Steve Parry to get more children around the country to take up gymnastics.

'Legacy' and ongoing community benefit was probably the key factor on which London secured the Games back in 2005 in the face of fierce competition from favourite Paris.

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