RoSPA fencing, railings and gates for playgrounds
7th June 2018
Procter Contracts is promoting its ranges of fencing, railings and gates that are suitable for playgrounds and similar locations. The company’s broad portfolio includes bow top railings, mesh panel fencing, steel palisade and planed timber palisade, plus matching swing gates. All fencing, railings and gates for playgrounds are designed to RoSPA or PLAYSAFE standards.
When designing and specifying fencing and gates for areas where there will be children, typically playgrounds, it is important to take into account factors such as fence aperture sizes and crush points at gates. Furthermore, it may well be desirable to finish the fencing and gates in a single bright colour or a combination of colours, and sometimes it is important to consider vandal-resistance. Procter Contracts, through its Procter Fencing Systems division, offers a choice of fencing and railings, as well as different styles of standard gates. UltraBar is the name used for the company’s RoSPA-compliant bow top railing system.
If required, bespoke fencing and gates can be designed and manufactured to order, working from either outline sketches or architects’ detailed drawings. Procter can also undertake a site survey prior to commencing design work. While some playground fencing may be only 1m high, fencing up to 2.4m high can be installed if, for example, there is a greater need to prevent balls from straying or trespassers from entering. Fence panels can be straight or curved, and they can also be manufactured to suit sloping sites.
With its own design and manufacturing facilities, Procter Fencing Systems can supply swing gates that are a perfect match for the customer’s requirements while also fulfilling the safety requirements in terms of, for example, designing-out finger traps and crush hazards.
Steel fencing, railings and gates are typically galvanised to provide long-lasting corrosion resistance, then finished with a tough, low-maintenance polyester powder coat. This powder coating can be in a standard RAL colour or the customer’s choice of special colours, perhaps to match a school’s colours or to suit a playground’s theme.
Fencing, railings and gates are designed in accordance with relevant standards, such as BS EN ISO 1176-1 (Playground equipment and surfacing. General safety requirements and test methods) and BS EN 1722-9 (Fences. Specification for mild steel (low carbon steel) fences with round or square verticals and flat horizontals). They are also designed to be compliant with requirements laid down by RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), the PLAYSAFE standard and the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act).
Customers can install the fencing and gates themselves, engage their own contractor or use Procter’s installation service. Indeed, this is highly recommended, as Procter Fencing Systems employs accredited installation teams who are skilled and experienced in fence installations, rather than relying on unskilled labour on an as-required basis. Procter Fencing Systems is a Secured by Design (SBD) certified installer for working at schools, with additional accreditations and certifications including Constructionline, Safecontractor, CHAS and Achilles Building Confidence.