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Security fencing for construction sites

There are many different types of security fencing applicable to the construction industry. However, there’s no one correct type, as it depends on the level of security and type of activity taking place on your particular construction or building site. The following is an overview of the major security fencing types available in the UK along with their specific uses and benefits. For a more detailed discussion of the requirements for your construction site please feel free to give us a call on 0845 346 0305

Additional information can be found on the regulations and requirements for a construction site with regards to perimeter protection via our recent guide.

Barriers with mesh fence

Temporary mesh fence is an excellent solution for security fencing. We also offer mesh fence panels which inserts into barriers such as the RB22 or Manta.

TVCB Barriers with mesh fence

There are various options available and the systems are compatible with pedestrian and vehicle gates. Barriers with mesh are an effective option for longer term arrangements and are very stable and durable.

You want something which is swifter to install and easy to move about within the need for specialist equipment or water Manta Barriers are an excellent option, but easier still is temporary mesh fence in feet. Read on to learn more.

Barriers with fence

Heras Fencing (also known as ‘temporary mesh fencing).

Widely popular and commonly used to create a temporary barrier while work is in progress, ‘heras’ or mesh fencing is a good option for short to medium term projects. One of the main benefits of this type of fencing is its low weight, which provides a system that’s easy to transport and deploy wherever it’s required. See below for different sizes and options.

Anti-Climb Fence Panels

For construction sites this type of fencing comes in an anti-climb variety; eliminating any footholds or areas where it might be easy for a potential intruder to gain access to the site. This type of heras fencing is available for purchase or hire, which allows a cost-effective decision to be made based on the time requirement for these fencing panels.

Key features:

  • Anti-climb design mesh
  • Fully galvanised weather resistance
  • Rapid deployment, installation and repositioning
  • Square top
  • Easy to customise with logos and banners

Height: 2m x Width: 3.5m x Weight: 14kg

Find out more about our entry level anti-climb fence panels >>

Heras temp fencing
Heavy Duty Anti-Climb Fence Panels

These fully galvanised panels are most suitable for light security where it’s necessary to stop members of the public entering the site unintentionally or otherwise. For a slightly more robust but just as easily deployed solution SafeSite Facilities offer a heavy-duty variation of the popular anti-climb heras fencing panels. These are slightly heavier at 16 kg each; making use of Smartweld technology for added strength and durability over products of less rigorous construction techniques.

Key features:

  • High performance design proven to be highly durable
  • Anti-climb mesh
  • Compatible with other fence panels and products such as vehicle and pedestrian gates.
Heavy duty anti climb smartweld fence
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Heavy Duty Round Top Anti-Climb Fence Panels

When it comes to the many options for temporary fence panels the heavy duty round top anti-climb versions is the best you can get. The panels feature extra corner bracing, and the option to reinforce this fencing system with concrete blocks provides a flexible and robust perimeter for your construction site. This type of temporary fencing can be used long term and represents the best security fencing available where mesh fencing is required.

Key features:

  • Reinforced corners
  • Anti-climb mesh
  • Fully galvanised weather resistance
  • Round top
  • Relatively lightweight for easy transportation, stacking and storage
  • Compatible with various foot and ballast products.

Height: 2m x  Width: 3.5m x 16kg

Find out more about our entry level anti-climb round top fence panels >>


Heavy-Duty Round Top Smartweld Fence
Access Gates

Of course while the main purpose of security fencing is to keep people out it’s also necessary to make access to the site as easy as possible for those working within the perimeter. Our temporary heras fencing gates come in a wide range of sizes to allow vehicle and pedestrian access where necessary.

Key features:

  • Compatible with most steel hoarding and mesh panels
  • Can be used with a sliding bolt for extra security.

Height: 2m x Width: 1m x 14kg

Temp fence single vehicle gate
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These gates use the same anti-climb galvanised steel mesh panels as the standard fencing options with secure locking mechanisms which make use of your own padlocks for simple site security. The panels are similar in weight to the non-gated fencing and make for easy loading and installation with a two-man team.

Vehicle Gates

Vehicle gates are available in various sizes. Made from weather-resistant galvanised steel, in a choice of solid and anti-climb mesh constructions, vehicle gates can be fully customised to enhance visibility and safety and to carry advertising, signage and security or warning notices.

Key features:

  • Ideal for construction site vehicle access
  • Available in mesh and solid steel
  • Compatible with temporary fencing and hoarding
  • Fully galvanised and weatherproof.

Temp heras fence vehicle gate

Construction Hoarding

One of the key differences between heras fencing and construction hording is the visual barrier provided when using hoarding. This eliminates many of the threats associated with opportunistic crime where a casual thief or vandal may see something of value within the site when mesh fencing panels are in use. Hoarding for construction sites come in two main materials; timber or steel.

Timber Hoarding

Timber hoarding, along with cost benefits over permanent options, can be installed in concrete to provide greater rigidity and a permanent-like structure with which to protect a building or construction site. The panels are installed using bracing techniques and can withstand a great deal of pressure; making them one of our most popular fencing options where security is vital.

Timber hoarding in East Sussex
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A major advantage of timber hoarding, which would generally be in use for longer term projects such as housing developments, is the ability to customise the fencing specifically to the site allowing for an “air-tight” perimeter. This tailoring extends to the look and design of the panels, which can be hired or purchased to match particular brand colours if desired.

Additional customisations include the ability to fit anti-climb devices and any number of vehicle or pedestrian gates to the hoarding. All timber is ethically sources and panels may only be removed via machinery.

Steel Hoarding

Steel hoarding represents the most robust of all fencing options for a construction or building site. These modular panels can be used in a number of different situations and are of particular value when dug-in timber hoarding is not an option.

Temporary steel hoarding
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The galvanised steel panels are often more cost effective than tailor made timber hoarding and provide your site with a lightweight fencing option, which can be easily installed by a small team. Like the heras fencing options, pedestrian and vehicle gates can be quickly incorporated where required and are compatible with all mesh fencing as well; so you need not use steel hoarding exclusively on a site in areas where it’s not required.

This type of hoarding is also compatible with water-filled barriers, where a heavy duty base is preferred. Again water-filled barriers are easy to manoeuvre when empty, simply requiring a water source on site for a heavy duty alternative to the standard freestanding steel hoarding panels. The panels themselves can be linked to form a seamless perimeter around a construction site, completely obscuring anyone’s view of work being carried out inside.

Water-filled hoarding system
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Optional extras, also available for purchase or hire, include the addition of barbed wire or mesh tops to increase the height of the barriers and provide a greater deterrent to would be trespassers. Stronghoard is another option within the realm of steel hoarding, which makes use of additional bracing and concrete blocks to provide an even more robust perimeter for your site.

SafeSite Stronghoard
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