Looking good at Fancourt

July 2003 Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection

Fancourt, South Africa’s world-renowned and most exclusive golf estate, is situated in the heart of the Garden Route on the southern Cape coast and is set in 515 hectares of stunning and lush countryside with the Outeniqua Mountains providing an impressive backdrop. As one of the most decorated golf estates in the world, Fancourt continues to scoop the top international awards, the most recent being given by the World Travel Professionals who voted Fancourt as the best golf resort on the continent of Africa.

The estate boasts a hotel with 146 bedrooms and suites, four 18-hole courses and over 200 homes. The perimeter security around the Fancourt estate was, therefore, of prime importance.

When Fancourt set about the task of planning proper security around the entire estate, one of the key challenges - aside from providing optimum security -- was concerned with the aesthetics involved so that the surrounding scenery was not marred or interrupted by an imposing security feature.

Working with consultant engineers, Faul Associates, and installation experts, Fences & Guards, Bekaert Bastion proposed the best product for the job - Pantanet Protect, which is a plastic coated single mesh fencing system. A 10-kilometre and 1,8 m high fence was erected around the estate and, to provide greater security, the fence was electrified with 35 zones to monitor each 200 m section. Bekaert's Pantanet Protect fence is delivered with a 10-year anti-corrosion guarantee, which was especially important for Fancourt as its location makes it vulnerable to coastal conditions.

Enviromentally friendly

The fencing system at Fancourt has to be both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly, without compromising the level of security. Pantanet Protect fencing is plastic-coated in green and blends in perfectly with the surroundings to allow clear views of the land beyond the estate. As Gert Faul of Faul Associates explains: "To have erected a high solid wall around the estate would have detracted from the surrounding beauty and was never considered as a security option because the natural beauty of this area is part of what makes Fancourt so special."

Managing director of Bekaert Bastion, Michael Rodenburg explains: "The fence at Fancourt demonstrates how perimeter fencing need not be an eyesore. When the President's Cup takes place later this year, everyone can rest assured that any broadcaster's or photographer's shots will only show continual unspoiled scenery in the background. And what is more, the golfers, spectators, guests and residents can rest assured that they are safe. We are proud that the integrity and prestige synonymous with this landmark estate is preserved."

For information contact Bekaert Bastion, 021 905 4535, sales@bekaertbastion.co.za

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