The primary drivers for the fencing was to act as school perimeter security fencing to prevent unauthorised access to the school site. The combination of the fence height, design and gauge of steel sections used make the fence difficult to scale, penetrate or get under. This has the effect of deterring and delaying access that is normally opportunistic. The school is situated close to Robina Hospital and Robina train station. It was reported in October 2015 that more than 100 windows had been smashed in up to 15 break-ins in the year to date, costing the school more than $100,000 in repairs and believed to have occurred outside school hours.The fencing also provides a safety function by way of allowing the control of access and egress to the site of students and vehicles using a series of manual swing gates that can be secured in the open and closed position. The school backs on to Mudgeereba Creek that is tidal. This results in a significant portion of the fence being regularly inundated with salty water that is obviously corrosive of steel based material. The school site itself is only set back a few kilometres from the coast. For these reasons DETA wanted a perimeter fence in its standard tubular steel style but with additional corrosion resistance. We supplied fencing that went through the following process to meet this requirement:
The process should result in extended corrosion resistance of the base tubular steel material and the film adhesion of the powder coating.
Some of the other features of the Bluedog fence system supplied were: