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John Wallis Square


The works comprised the installation of a bespoke fencing solution to the focal point of a new £16.5m town centre in Ashford, Kent.

Due to the new squares location beside Victoria Road School, a complex fencing solution was required to provide privacy for the school whilst still being visually appealing from the square.

The fence was designed by an artist to honour John Wallis, a famous Ashford-born mathematician who developed various mathematical theories and was credited for introducing the symbol for infinity.

During the design and fabrication phases VolkerHighways worked closely with the designers, VolkerFitzpatrick and manufacturer to ensure the bespoke fence's buildablity. Close collaboration throughout the design phase enabled our site teams to successfully erect the fence within tight tolerances.

In addition to the bespoke fence, VolkerHighways also installed 1200m of chain link fencing, pedestrian barriers, gateways and security palisade throughout the scheme.  Temporary fencing was also installed and maintained around the site perimeter to segregate the public from the works.  This was altered on a regular basis to suit the site programme.  Throughout the entire procurement process we worked in close collaboration with VolkerFitzpatrick to ensure that the project's schedule and constraints were met.

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Kent County Council
  • Contract Period
    June 2010 - November 2011
  • Contract Value
    Total scheme £16.5m
  • Fencing Works Value
  • Related companies
  • Project categories
    Civil engineering

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