Innovative Apex weldless railings land at Luton Airport
Following an intriguing recent collaboration, London Luton Airport (LLA) is the first site to install weldless railings from the new partnership.
Steel fencing and railing manufacturer Zaun has teamed up with Top Security Fencing to fabricate and market its innovative patented Apex weldless railing system.
Luton has surrounded the perimeter of its hangar area with about 600m of Diamond-to-View Apex railings up to 3m in height, though railing sections sitting atop breeze block walls are just 1.8m high.
Zaun has also supplied two pairs of double gates and two emergency escape gates.
Zaun made the railings in its state-of-the-art factory in Wolverhampton, though it has enhanced the special tool that locks the vertical tubes into the horizontal rail frame to make it even quicker for factory operatives to assemble.
Zaun’s new tube laser cutter is ideal for providing the neat clean holes in the horizontal rails through which the vertical tubes are dropped then ‘expanded’ with the special tool.
The collaboration gives Zaun an excellent value railing option to compete with other tubular railing systems.
Apex solid panel railings can incorporate round or square vertical pales with solid joints to the horizontal rails and concealed connections between posts and panels, giving clean lines with no visible fixings. A raking panel is in development.
Apex railing panels are supplied galvanised with the option of an Elite PR1 formula guaranteed polyester resin single coat in a choice of over 50 colours – while for more aggressive environments, the Elite EPR dual coating system is recommended.
Luton is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 12.3 million passengers in 2015, an increase of 16.9% on 2014.
LLA is currently undergoing a significant transformation through a £110 million investment by its operator: a consortium between AENA and Ardian, the former being the world’s leading airport operator.
The development is the biggest in the airport’s 78-year history and will increase annual capacity by 50% to 18 million by 2020.