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Transformer Protection from Bespoke and Standard Mesh Suppliers

 Bespoke and Standard Mesh Suppliers

As bespoke and standard mesh suppliers our local and global clients use our products in diverse ways, across a broad spectrum of industries.  And as the world become a more dangerous place mesh panel use and security fencing can be found in places where they were not necessary before.

Around the globe there is extreme concern about attacks, both vandalism and terrorism on power stations. Whilst power stations have always had a high degree of protection, transformers have had just basic health and safety protection. Here are some examples:

  1. Transformer Protection

In the United States there is a growing problem with attacks on transformers and power station mainly perpetrated by angry farmers cutting transmission lines. Hunters are also firing at transformers in a bizarre attempt to brag about their shooting prowess.

Whilst energy substations are protected usually by chain link fences and CCTV surveillance this is not a sufficient deterrent, or even an effective one, to stop the vandalism.  Power cuts caused by these destructive acts cause drastic inconvenience to consumers and also have adverse economic consequences.

  1. Terrorist attacks on energy infrastructures

According to EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) renowned US research facility in the US, there were around 2,500 terrorist attacks on the energy infrastructure between 1996 and 2006 and that number is rising.  Globally there have been 500 terrorist attacks on electrical power substations.

  1. Transformer vandalism in South Africa

At Mountain View in Cape Town, South Africa residents are worried about 3 transformers that are sited on streets but have no fencing whatsoever. With children playing close to them it’s not difficult to understand their concern.

However the local authority says that the transformers are safe and complaints have only begun since acts of vandalism have been prevalent in the area. The steel casing around them has been penetrated and residents feel that further protection is needed. As bespoke and standard mesh suppliers our view is that mesh panels, particularly anti-climb ones, would go a long way to solving the problem.

There is serious concern from governments around the world that multiple attacks on power infrastructures across the globe could bring our lives to a halt.

If you would like to know more about our security fencing please contact our sales team. As long established, bespoke and standard mesh suppliers, we have an enviable reputation in the supply of high quality stainless steel mesh solutions.

How to Choose Security Fencing Companies

Security Fencing Companies

A little research and questioning go a long way when there are so many security fencing companies to choose from.

Whether for a residential house or commercial building having the best security for your needs is important. After all it is a simple human right to feel safe in your home or workplace. Whether you are concerned about keeping dangerous forces out or making sure that pets and children stay within the perimeters of your home, a security fence is an important purchase that deserves thorough consideration. You should be sure that you shortlisted the best security fencing companies for your fencing needs before making the final decision. To be certain, do a bit of research and make sure that they are able to provide everything you need.

Security Fencing Companies – websites and reviews

A good first step can be to look at the website of the company you are considering. Most businesses have a website these days, and if they don’t it can be a serious red flag. If they do, it may have information that highlights their areas of expertise, allowing you to see if this matches your requirements. There may also be other information such as how long they have been in business and what kind of experience the company has. The website may contain a portfolio of work you can view and see if it is what you are looking for. You can do further internet research by looking at review sites to see what their customers think of them.

Call to get more information

It can also be a good idea to call the fencing companies yourself and ask them a few questions about your biggest concerns. Doing an interview like this before engaging their services is not out of the ordinary and can be a big help in making the final decision. This allows you to get information about what materials may be used, how long the project can take, if they offer a warranty, what their full process is like, and anything else you need to know. It is also important for you to be thoroughly prepared. This involves taking accurate measurements of the area and knowing just what kind of security fence you are looking for.

Careful research and preparation is all you need to help you find the perfect fencing contractor from the many security fencing companies available to you. This can result not only in a quality fence, but a business relationship that can last for many years. Now your family or place of business has one reliable source for all of its security fence needs. The right company will be able to sit down with you, listen to your specific concerns and create a security plan that answers them as completely as possible.

To learn more about security fencing contact Siddall & Hilton. Our team will be happy to share our knowledge and experience with you and also point you in the right direction to find professional fencing suppliers and installers.

The Best Anti-Climb Mesh Fence Solutions

Anti-Climb Mesh Fence

Types of Anti-Climb Mesh Fence solutions

Many businesses require the utmost, secure, high-quality fencing that is available to prevent intruders accessing their grounds or premises. One of the best options for this purpose is to construct an anti-climb mesh fence. This type of fencing is available in a variety of materials and finishes to ensure that your premises are safe and secure. Throughout the United Kingdom, there are many situations where high security fencing is installed for optimum defence – at airports, government facilities, prisons, military bases and other industrial and commercial premises.

Prison Mesh Anti Climb Fence Panels

Mesh panels are available in heights up to 6096mm and widths to 3658mm; with an option for anti-climb high security 358 Prison Mesh having 0.5” and 3” mesh apertures, making it difficult to obtain a footing or handhold when climbing. It is also resistant to conventional metal cutters. Visibility is still possible through the high density of the wires and this fencing is well suited to most intruder detection systems and electronic alarms. Available in both Galfan® and galvanised wire options, our range of Prison Mesh panels are recommended for use to UK Government standards and requirements. Some of the benefits are:

  • Prison Mesh Anti-Climb Fence panels with welded wire intersections
  • Exceptionally strong
  • Capability to step the panels to adapt to sloping ground
  • Tops of panels can be customised with razor/barbed wire
  • Matching gates available for pedestrian and vehicle access
  • Meet the specifications of CCTV cameras

Bespoke Prison Mesh Anti-Climb Fence Panels

Siddall & Hilton are able to provide customised panels to suit your high security needs. All of our products are manufactured in-house, where our flexible operations allow for production of bespoke designs that are not available from stock.

Razor Barb

Making it impossible to gain access with hands at any point, the barbs are angled on this security razor wire and specifically engineered to provide an intimidating barrier.  The intruder is likely to become entangled, making escape virtually impossible due to the rigidity of the reinforced steel barbs, which will pierce the skin, if access is attempted; manufactured in various lengths and widths to suit your individual requirements.

As International Manufacturers of Anti-Climb Fence Panels, Siddall & Hilton are constantly investigating new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our customers and the fencing contractors who purchase their supplies from us. The best high security fencing for one organisation may not be the same for another.

Please call our Sales Team on 01484 401610 for advice and further information about Anti-Climb Fence Panels. We will be happy to help.



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Industrial Security Fencing Options

Security Fencing Options

Deter and Delay

The overall aim of secure fencing is to deter intruders and allow the property’s security personnel time to react to the situation. The profiles of 358 anti-climb prison mesh and razor barb wire have intimidating profiles with spacing that discourage intruders from attempting to breach the barrier.

Security fencing provides a solution for both extraordinary and everyday situations, acting as a major deterrent to crime. Where previously the problems would be to deter vandalism, robbery and break-ins, these days the threats are more sophisticated with a need to prevent contamination, risk to infrastructure, identity fraud and data theft.

Galfan® and pre-galvanised 358 prison mesh

Prison Mesh Fencing is used for defence in many situations and functions where security is an overriding factor, to protect high secure prisons, hospitals and warehouses. Compatible with most intruder and alarm detection systems, all Prison Mesh Fencing conforms to UK Home Office standards.

We supply anti-climb fence panels in heights up to 6096mm and widths to 3658mm. The 358 Prison Mesh Panels are manufactured in 4mm wire with 0.5inch and 3inch mesh apertures. However, should you have a requirement for a bespoke design, we can help to meet your requirements.

Razor Barb

Produced in both galvanised steel and stainless steel, Razor Barb fencing has razor sharp barb angles.  There is no hard and fast rule regarding the installation of this type of fencing, but installation at a height of 2 metres is normally accepted as prevention from the general public coming into contact with the spikes.

Double or Twin Wire Security Fencing Options

Being the most universally used, industrial type fencing material for border and boundary security double and twin wire systems have many applications. It is a vital access deterrent in industrial and commercial premises, nurseries, universities, colleges, schools; leisure centres and on sports fields. Benefits include the extended life expectancy of the system and its ability and strength to provide a visible and physical deterrent against trespassers.

At Siddall & Hilton we are proud of our reputation as the UK’s largest manufacturer of Industrial and Security Fencing products, operating the world’s fastest and most efficient production line for double wire fencing panels. We are able to meet your requirements from our stock supply at Brighouse, UK. Contact our Sales Team on telephone 01484 401610 where we aim to assist with your requisites for Industrial Security Fencing options.

Border Control Security Fencing

 Border Control Security Fencing

With the European Union problems and the sudden and prolific influx of migrants, some governments have (for their own reasons) taken to erecting mile upon mile of Steel Security Fencing to prevent unhindered access to their borders. With no logical strategy being presented to deal with vast numbers of people crossing European borders, some countries have considered Border Control Security Fencing as essential to prevent the undesirable or illegal elements from being a ‘problem’.

Border fencing and steel razor wire

UK Fence Manufacturers and Security Fencing Suppliers, provide a product which is both very effective in securing one side from the other, and is also very quickly erected.  There are a multitude of ‘types’ of fencing, from open mesh, double mesh to anti-climb prison mesh that can be further strengthened with steel razor wire where scaling the security fence might be an issue.

UK Fence Manufacturers can provide any, some or all of the types of steel fencing that might be required for this application in standard sizes, non-standard, bespoke or off the shelf. All are available for speedy and efficient delivery to the point of use.

Strong durable Border Control Security Fencing

Just think of how many miles of fence might be required in order to make a border secure!  Sadly, it seems as though the problem with border security isn’t going to diminish any time soon, so strong and durable steel fencing, has to stand the test of time and be a strong enough deterrent to all but the most determined, and be effective at least enough to severely hamper attempts to put off anyone thinking about breaching it.

Don’t skimp on budget

Naturally, budget plays a part in the type and quality of Border Control Security Fencing, but for border purposes it is false economy to erect security fencing not fit for purpose. Cheap fencing has its uses but one of them is not in border control.

Siddall and Hilton can provide Border Control Security Fencing solutions, in a one stop shop at competitive prices. If you are unsure of the type of fence you need or require further information, call us on +44 (0)1484 401610 when our highly qualified staff will be happy to advise you on the best solution for your project.

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European Borders Protected by High Security Fencing

Prison Mesh Fencing

European countries are currently going to startling lengths to tackle the growing problems of immigration, and cross Border controls.  Border barriers measuring hundreds of miles are being supplied and constructed as the stem of refugees/migrants into the continent reaches uncontainable levels.

In previous years, countries such as Greece and Bulgaria have attempted to stop migrants crossing the border illegally from Turkey into the European Union with the aid of enormous fences. However, in view of recent events, many other countries are stepping up their security fencing requirements.

Hungary is constructing a 100 mile steel fence between itself and Croatia.  Estonia also wants to build a 70 mile barrier with Russia whilst in Africa, Morocco has recently built a 15 foot wall topped with razor wire. Closer to home, Britain has spent in excess of £7 million to construct protective fencing around the Channel Tunnel.

Security Access

One of the first things to do when protecting a defined space is to control access. If access is limited to only a few places, energy and control are focussed more at these points.  A security fence will help to limit the number of access points on these Border barricades.

Naturally cost is always a consideration but anti-climb high security 358 Prison Mesh Fencing is the best category of fencing for the majority of high level security applications, if budget allows.

Approved products

Siddall & Hilton recommend and supply Prison Mesh Fencing and anti-climb high security 358 prison mesh is specified by the UK Home Office, as the best classification of fencing to be used in these high security circumstances.   Available in both pre-galvanised and Galfan® wire finishes, the high density weld and mesh spacing formation provides an anti-climb panel, with excellent through visibility, which is difficult to penetrate using traditional metal cutters.

Prison Mesh panels are available in heights up to 6096mm and widths of up to 3658mm. However, bespoke panels and sizes can be supplied on request.

Industrial Security Fencing

The range of high security, prison mesh fencing supplied by Siddall & Hilton will allow you to have peace of mind whilst providing maximum protection against intruders. Prison mesh fencing panels and other high security fencing products have individual attributes allowing you to choose the correct fencing system for your project.  Used in many applications, from prison security, hospitals, factory units, airports to border control our products will meet the demands of perimeter security, in light of new and escalating threats.

For further information on anti-climb high security 358 prison mesh fencing applications and other secure fencing solutions, click here to Contact us. With many years of experience our friendly staff will be happy to discuss your requirements, and advise you on the best product and application for your project.


Razor Barbed Wire Fencing around the World

Razor Barbed Wire Fence

Razor barbed wire fencing has long been an effective deterrent for vandals, burglars and other unwanted intruders. It’s mainly used around the perimeters of high security, commercial and industrial environments. However there is a developing trend to protect borders between countries around the world and most recently in Europe.

Hungary barbed razor wire fence

In a struggle to cope with thousands of migrants, the Hungarian government has installed 175 kilometres of razor barbed wire fencing along Hungary’s Serbian border.

Spain razor barbed wire security fencing

The fence on the border of Morocco and Spanish owned Melilla has existed since 2005 but was renewed with barbed razor wire in 2013 to prevent migrants crossing.

Kashmir, India

If there was an award for which country has the most razor and barbed wire it would probably go to Kashmir which continually calls for independence.  This type of barricade can be found almost everywhere and was installed by India’s military in an attempt to supress militants.

Unfortunately this is an example of how things can go badly wrong when such fencing is not professionally installed.  Kashmir’s airport, official buildings, government offices and railway and bus stations all have an armed police presence with miles of razor barb protection.

Razor barb can be found across roads, protecting bunkers in market places, military camps and in public places such as parks and town squares. Barbed wire can even be seen wrapped around trees, a measure designed to stop large groups of people gathering together.

Flooding and constant snagging on the badly installed razor barb has caused some of it to be detached and dispersed in areas where it is a danger to the public, including small children.

Quality and professional installation

In a recent post on our blog regarding security fencing at Calais we concluded that spending millions on a fence was a complete waste of money unless it was fit for purpose and professionally installed.

The above examples also fall short in their efficiency since there are many reports of these fences being penetrated. Usually an intruder would need industrial cutting equipment to breach a double razor barbed wire barrier, clearly demonstrating that these installations are not professional; and the possibility that the product is not of sufficient quality for its purpose.

The use of razor barb is controversial, particularly when used along borders but if the idea is for the fence to be a deterrent it is imperative that high quality razor wire is used and professionally installed by experts. If not, there is no point in having it.



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The Many Uses of Industrial Mesh

Security Cage - industrial Mesh


Industrial Mesh is available from Siddall & Hilton Products sheet form, panels and rolls, several diameters and a varied range of coatings.  It can be applied for many uses globally, with differing installation methods.  These include but are not limited to:

Agriculture, animal enclosures and grain storage

In farming, Industrial Welded Mesh is used for the construction of rearing cages, feed rack systems and storage of animal feed and grain.  Also found in smaller agricultural and domestic animal applications in the manufacture of kennels, aviary and other protective enclosures.

Security cages and safety guards

Used in industrial workplaces such as factories and warehouses, it can be utilised for machinery guards, shop fittings and as security window grilles.  In warehouse situations, Industrial Welded Mesh is useful for racking and storage systems.

Construction, transportation and civil engineering

In these trades, Industrial Welded Mesh has a multitude of applications. It is used in the application of walkways, balustrades and cladding.  Our popular D49 construction mesh is widely known for its screed reinforcement properties.  It reduces shrinkage in curbing, enhances the strength of the concrete screed and prevents cracks forming.

Gabion baskets and prevention of rock fall

Gabion retaining baskets manufactured from are a much more reliable solution when used on retaining walls, than concrete, which may be prone to failure and cracking.  These baskets when filled with stone are a more aesthetic solution than concrete.

There are many opportunities to use gabion in diverse situations, such as bridge abutments, landscape gardening for soil retaining walls, channel linings and gulley construction. Galvanised standard mesh is also widely used in the landscape gardening industry.

Security fencing

For many types of fencing, preventative, high security, to establish boundaries and in some instances school sports area fencing, there is a wide choice of heights and grades suitable for uses around industrial units, prisons, warehouses and schools. Due to the diversity of style and durability, these mesh panels are a deterrent to any intruder. Bespoke mesh panels can also be designed and manufactured to match specific projects.

Aggregate Screening

A series of varying sizes of Industrial mesh employed in the quarry and processing plants to filter through the differing sizes of stones, after initial blasting of rocks, then through processes to determine final choice of finished stone product size. Other materials that can be screened through a similar process include sand, gravel, topsoil, coal and cement.

With its extensive use across many varied industries, Industrial Mesh will provide a cost effective solution whatever your application needs.  We have welded mesh products to create an inspired solution to your everyday requirements.

At Siddall & Hilton we are here to discuss your requests and assist you with your choices, whether your needs are for security reasons, construction, agriculture or any related industry we can provide solutions.

Call today for a quote and our competitive prices.  Use our Quick Contact Form or telephone us on +44 (0) 1484 401610


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Does Calais have the Wrong Type of Security Fencing?

Whatever the political issues or rights and wrongs of the security problems in Calais, one thing is clear. The fencing that has been erected is not adequate for its intended purpose. There are many types of security fencing and the choice you make directly relates to the level of security or safety required.

Naturally cost is always a consideration but purchasing fencing that is inadequate can lead to more than double the expense when it has to be replaced with the correct product for the job.

Prison Mesh

Where there is a need to prevent people entering or leaving an area by far the best solution is high security, anti-climb 358 prison mesh manufactured from Galfan® or pre galvanised wire.  The Home Office in the UK specifies the use of this fencing for secure hospitals, high security prisons and other high profile applications.

The configuration of spacing and high density welding in the mesh makes these anti-climb panels extremely difficult to grip with the hands and feet or to breach without industrial type cutters.

Visibility is not impaired irrespective of the wire density and these fencing panels can easily accommodate security accessories such as intruder detection and alarm systems.

Normally manufactured in panels that are up to 6096mm high and 3658mm wide, these sizes tend to match most high security applications but can be uniquely designed for special projects.

Razor Barb

For further security, a razor barb topping can be added, supplied in stainless or galvanised steel.  Razor sharp barbs angled at regular intervals create a further challenging barrier making it virtually impossible to grip anywhere along the length.

Using the budget wisely

The security fencing at Calais clearly demonstrates how, even if you have millions of pounds in a budget for fences; if you spend it on the wrong type it will in the long run cost more. Professional fencing contractors are acutely aware of how important it is to make the best use of their customers’ budgets so perhaps some of them may feel inclined to share their knowledge with the French authorities.

For further information on high security fencing applications and solutions Contact us. With many decades of experience our friendly staff will be happy to discuss your project with you free of charge.

358 Prison Mesh to Keep Foxes Out


Keep foxes out with 358 Prison MeshFox hunting results in heated debate in the UK whenever the topic arises and since the vote on an amendment of the Hunting Act was withdrawn last week we thought we’d look at alternatives. The main issue is clearly the protection of livestock so is there anything that can be done to effectively prevent foxes from gaining access to the animals?

Many farmers and smallholders report that foxes can dig under fencing and find innovate ways to get over or through it. However, there is some fencing that is virtually impenetrable and it’s used in high security prisons not only in the UK but all over the world.

Long lasting security fencing

Our 358 prison mesh in Galfan wire (which doesn’t need powder coating) is 2.5 metres wide and manufactured in various heights from 1270mm to 5200mm. It can be sunk into the ground at any desired depth with prison specification being 300mm below ground set in concrete.  This security fencing is also anti-climb and would be impossible for a fox to penetrate (even with a pair of conventional wire cutters).  Although Galfan wire is dense in this type of mesh fencing it doesn’t impair visibility and can be electrified if required.

358 Prison mesh might not be the first thing people think of to keep foxes out but it is certainly worth consideration, whether as a boundary fence around a large farm, smallholding or to protect enclosures where farm animals are kept. With minimal maintenance this Security Fencing can last a lifetime.  It can also be used in gardens where people keep chickens.

Fence topping

A good protective fence should be at least 1828.8mm (6ft) high and if you don’t  propose electrifying it, a fence topping sloping outwards will provide even better security should the fox, by some remote stretch of the imagination be able to climb the fence.

Prison mesh fencing is not the cheapest but it is a durable and long lasting investment which will pay dividends if you have a regular problem with foxes killing livestock.

For more information about fencing options for security applications please Contact us. We have a wealth of knowledge to help you decide on which of our products will best suit your specific project.

Welded wire mesh protects wild and domestic animals

Welded wire mesh protects wild and domestic animals

The deterioration of animal habitats and hunters around the world still threatening the survival of rare species of wild animals, such as tigers, wild life parks play an important role in their survival. Zoos also play a part in breeding and preservation.

Essential for the protection of wild animals and humans is the barrier that exists between them in zoo and wildlife park environments. This barrier has to be able to withstand the strength of large animals charging or pushing against it and quite often we see trenches between the fencing and the enclosure or double fencing for extra protection.

Strong, long lasting and rust resistant

Stainless steel welded wire mesh is the fencing of choice internationally for wildlife preservation areas or safari parks because it is strong, long lasting and rust resistant. It can also be built to any height that is required which makes it difficult for animals to climb or jump over, as well as being a deterrent to poachers and predators.

Stainless steel fencing and enclosure products

Welded wire mesh is just one of many fencing and enclosure products used in the protection and rearing of wild and domestic animals. Chain link, stainless steel rope mesh, chicken wire mesh and aviary mesh, among many other stainless steel fencing products, are all extensively used for enclosures depending on the type of animal or bird being contained.

These products are manufactured with varying sized apertures to service the containment of small, medium and large animals or birds. They are also made in a variety of colours to blend in with the surrounding landscape making them almost invisible from a distance.

If you have a project that involves the protection and containment of animals, wild or domestic, we are able to advise you about the best enclosure solutions available. We have a range of welded wire mesh products to match any project at affordable, competitive prices.

In all cases, we suggest that you use a professional fencing contractor to install the product of your choice since it is important to get the job right; not only for health and safety reasons but also from an expense perspective. An amateur installation almost always leads to a professional having to be called in to correct the work.



Security Fencing to Protect Your Workplace

Security Fencing to Protect your Workplace

Mention security in the workplace to a business owner and it’s more than likely that he or she will immediately think about their website being hacked or someone stealing their intellectual property. Whilst they are absolutely right to be concerned about those things it’s also important to pay attention to external Security Fencing to protect buildings from intruders and thieves.

The first line of defence for most business premises is the perimeter of the property and usually this would come in the form of Security Fencing or walls with some form of barbed topping depending on the level of security required. Sometimes it’s not necessary to fence the whole of a perimeter because occasionally there are natural defences such as cliffs, mountains or rivers among others.

The asics of Security Fencing

It’s important to understand that security fences don’t just work as physical barriers, they also work psychologically. Clearly a physical barrier will prevent intruders from gaining access but in some ways the psychological component is just as effective in keeping people out, if not more so. The appearance of professionally installed Security Fencing lets people know that they do not have access to the property without the owner’s permission. And for potential intruders who seek to cause damage to the property or steal from it, they may move on rather than have the difficulty of trying to break the fence or get over it. This is especially true with professional burglars since they are aware of the anti-climb properties of some secure fencing such as 358 prison mesh, anti-climb high security 358 prison mesh and other forms of welded mesh fencing.

If your business deals in plant and machinery, car parts, construction materials, mobile phones or other expensive electronic products, drugs or jewellery; and you carry high levels of stock, thieves will be drawn to it. These are just a few examples of vulnerable businesses and there are of course many, many others.

In securing your perimeter you should consider fencing that is at least 7ft high and depending on the value of stock a top guard of security barb should be attached which will add another foot. No professional burglar would consider climbing this type of fence.


You wouldn’t let a cowboy build your commercial premises so don’t allow an amateur to install your security fences. You’ll end up doubling your costs if the fencing is not installed correctly. A Fencing Contractor who belongs to the FCA (Fencing Contractors Association) is professionally qualified and will often guarantee the work.

Intrusion detection technology

You should always assume that if thieves really want something you have, they will make every possible attempt to get it. Hence, you should also consider security accessories for your fencing such as CCTV, motion detectors, alarms, passive infrared etc. An experienced Security Fencing installer will be able to suggest the best intrusion detection technology for the type of fence you choose.

Nowadays secure perimeter fencing is attractive, available in a range of colours and won’t make your business premises look like a prison, but it will make them as safe and secure.

Give us a call or Contact us to find out more about Security Fencing to protect your Workplace.

Safety is more important than image with security fencing

A recent terrorist attack at Ballycastle Police Station in County Antrim, Northern Ireland highlighted the dangers of removing additional security fencing around buildings where high security might be deemed to be a necessity rather than an option.

The police station, which is surrounded by walls had, up until 2014, high security fencing topping them but following a recommendation in the 1999 Patton Report, this additional security measure was removed in order to give police stations a softer image. This month an incendiary bomb was hurled over a wall leading to a controlled explosion having to be carried out within the grounds of the police station.

Don’t make life easier for terrorists

Had the security topping not been removed it is highly unlikely this attack would have been possible, or been as easy to effect, given the height of the walls and fence topping. If the bomb had detonated it would have caused at the very least severe damage if not total devastation.

During the Irish conflict all police stations in Northern Ireland had additional metal security fencing attached to the top of gates and walls so that the sheer height was sufficient to deter bombs being thrown over them. Whilst the original reason for installing this is now much less of a risk there are new terror threats arising all over Europe. This particular attack only serves to highlight how very important it is for high security sites to evaluate all risks not just in the present but also the risk potential of the future. Taking a soft approach might be good for the image of the police force but as can be seen, a relaxation of security measures is probably not the best way to achieve it, when there is the potential for bombers to exploit any weakness.

Sophisticated fencing solutions

Siddall and Hilton have an extensive range of metal security fences to match any security need, including security toppings. Our team of expert consultants can advise security companies and fence installers of the best products to match any project. We offer a comprehensive range of highly sophisticated fencing solutions so give us a call today; our advice is free.

2 Types of Industrial Welded Mesh

The versatility of Industrial Welded Mesh is virtually limitless and it is used in a wide variety of industrial applications including within the security and construction sectors. We will discuss 2 types of industrial welded mesh below. But first, here are just a few of the areas where industrial welded mesh can be used:

  • Security for window grilles
  • Machinery guards
  • Racking in warehouses
  • Attaching to garden walls for creepers and plants
  • Aviaries
  • Protective enclosures for animals
  • Architectural mesh applications including cladding, walkways and balustrading
  • Security fencing

Industrial welded mesh is also widely used in construction and civil engineering for strengthening floors, protecting pipes and preventing cracks from occurring or becoming larger.


Here are 2 types of industrial welded mesh:


Gabion Industrial Welded Mesh

This versatile, highly corrosion resistant product can also be used for a diverse range of purposes including reinforcement of land where soil retention is necessary, barriers in Military Defence; river, coast and flood protection, acoustic barriers and for features on garden walls. Our industrial welded mesh for these purposes is called Gabion and we manufacture a huge range of these panels (typical mesh aperture is 3″ / 76.2mm).We also offer bespoke Gabion mesh panels on request.

Industrial Welded Mesh Security Fencing

The danger of a terrorist attack on your commercial site is directly related to the country in which it is situated. If you are in the UK terrorist threats fall into the following categories:

  • Red – Critical
  • Pink – Severe
  • Yellow – Substantial
  • Blue – Moderate
  • Green – Low

The current status of terrorist threat in the UK is “Substantial” but no matter which category level applies it’s imperative that the perimeter of a commercial site is adequately protected.  A fence is always the first line of defence against any threat whether low or high.

Industrial welded mesh fencing is an intelligent fencing system much used in the security industry. This is because it creates a robust barrier and there are no weaknesses that potential intruders can exploit. Industrial welded mesh fences are often equipped with technology that will alert a control centre of any attempted breach.

Reputable Manufacturers

If you are looking for a supplier of industrial welded mesh for any purpose, as manufacturers our products are second to none in the industry. Using the highest quality European steel wire available on the market today our products meet all relevant British Safety Standards regulations.

As long established and reputable manufacturers of Industrial Welded Mesh, we have expert knowledge in the applications of all our products so if you are not sure what you need, speak to us and we will be able to advise you. There are certain industrial welded mesh products that are not suitable for exterior use and if in doubt it is always best to ask, in order to avoid significant expense and complaints from your clients.

Keeping up to date with all new technology within our industry is also important to us in order to provide our customers with the best there is at competitive prices.  Whether you are in construction, security, agriculture or any other related industry we are here to help. Get a quote today for your project by using our Quick Contact form or calling us on +44 (0)1484 401610


New high security mesh products available

With recent advances in cordless and portable tool technology, high security welded wire fence systems that were previously considered practically impossible to breach have had their delay factors reduced.

Siddall and Hilton Products have been working hard to develop a new range of high security fencing panels which hand the advantage to the property owner.

With a modern fleet of the most flexible and productive mesh welding machines in the market, SHP are able to mix and match wire diameters, mesh configuration and aperture size, enabling us to formally announce the availability of several new products:

Prison Superior

Conventional prison mesh is manufactured from 4mm horizontal and vertical wires. Prison Superior utilises 6mm vertical wires to increase the durability of the panel and increase the attack withstand factor.


This panel is the same as Prison Superior but with a second series of 4mm horizontal wires welded to the back face of the panel at 152.4mm intervals.

35-duo prison fence

35-Duo panels clearly showing the third wire on the back face of the panel

Prison Ultimate

The flagship of our high security mesh products, (panel range), Prison Ultimate replaces the 4mm wires used in conventional 358 panels with 6mm wires throughout. Attack withstand is significantly improved, cut-through time is increased by 50% and the increased wire size throughout rules out some hand tools that can be used to breach 4mm wire panels.

358 fence toppings

These retrofittable fence toppings are bent to customer preferences and bolted to the top of existing 358 fence panels. Depending upon the exact configuration, these toppings can increase the height of the existing fence and provide a formidable overhang which further reduces the likelihood of an intruder being able to climb the fence.

358 fence topping

An example of a bolted 358 fence topping arrangement

We’re back on rolls !

Due to increased demand, our EVG ATT102 machine is currently producing weldmesh rolls in 3mm Galfan wire and with a popular 2″ square mesh aperture.

Weldmesh rolls

Available in several heights as follows they provide a simple and effective solution for fast-install security fencing;

        • 106″ high (2.7 metres) x 492″ long (12.5 metres)
        • 96″ high (2.4 metres) x 984″ long (25 metres)
        • 84″ high (2.1 metres) x 984″ long (25 metres)
        • 72″ high (1.8 metres) x 984″ long (25 metres)
        • 48″ high (1.2 metres) x 984″ long (25 metres)
        • 36″ high (0.9 metres) x 984″ long (25 metres)

Fencing rolls

 We’re back on rolls, so please visit our weldmesh rolls web page or do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in discussing this product with us or need a quotation.