Protecting Sites with High Security Vehicle Access Control

In today’s uncertain world and the increased threat of terrorism, places we once believed were safe may now not be. Because of this, security and terror prevention are increasingly top-of-mind for many organisations. From Embassies and Government Departments, critical infrastructure, to crowded places seen as an easy target such as town centres and shopping malls, high security precautions at such sites are now more important than ever. Key in managing the physical security of a site is dealing with vehicle access.


Why is Vehicle Access Control important?

Vehicles have been used as an effective tool to damage property and harm people due to a combination of availability, mobility and ease-of-access inherent in the design of most sites.

Vehicle-borne threats range from vandalism to determined and aggressive attacks by criminals or terrorists.

What options are there?

Controlling the point of entry often includes products used in low security applications such as automated gates and automated barrier arms in car parks or commercial properties.

However, when there is a focused threat from a vehicle attack there will be a need for a Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) system. The HVM range offers the highest physical security solutions that help mitigate a significant attack and can form part of your wider anti- terror infrastructure.

Installations include those that protect a business from ram raids to internationallyrated* barriers that protect people and assets in vulnerable or crowded areas.  


Road Blockers

High security pop-up wedge Road Blockers offer a solution to attack threat by providing the highest level of protection from vehicle-borne threats. They are also an imposing visual deterrent to would-be attackers.

Built from structural steel and rated as high as the M30/M50 HVM standard, they are able to stop large trucks travelling at up to 80kmh.

Deployment is an impressive 3 seconds, which can be further reduced to 1.5 seconds by adding an emergency option. They are effective barrier with a shallow foundation.


Bollards – Automatic / Retractable

Bollards are one of the most common ways of restricting vehicle access and Automatic Bollards are becoming an increasingly popular access control solution.

When retracted, they are virtually invisible. When deployed, pedestrian access is barely affected while vehicles are effectively excluding from designated areas.

Hampden only offer quality European products, made to exacting EU and US standards* to ensure exceptional performance and reliability. These Bollards are rated to M30 and M50 anti-terrorism standards (see below). Deployment can happen as quickly as 5 seconds, with lowering time around 2 seconds.

Although achieving the same level of protection as the Road Blockers, more are needed within the same area at a deeper excavation. The key advantage is allowing pedestrian access while complimenting architecturally to the application.


Bollards – Static

Static Bollards are permanently fixed to provide a cost-effective way of delivering safety for pedestrians and/or protection from accidental to intentional intrusions.

A range of Bollards is available to suit any application including cost-effective, low security (low impact resistance) solutions through to medium and high-end security levels that are impacted rated to ASTM standards, which can stop a truck! 


Automated Tyre Killers (Tyre Spikes)

Tyre spikes are an essential threat prevention tool and are an extremely effective way to incapacitate vehicles almost completely. Highly versatile, they are either automated hydraulically or a manually lever-operated unit version in a range of configurations, including spring-loaded, one-way or two-way, and can be surface-mounted with speed humps or recessed into the concrete.

Mechanical versions are the chosen solution for when a power supply is unavailable or as a cost-effective alternative.

All tyre spikes are best used in conjunction with Automated Barrier Arms to demarcate the threshold and increase its visibility.

They are quick to deploy and while not providing the same level of security as a Road Blockers, they can control a site discreetly and in a less destructive way to demobilise a vehicle when deployed.


The Crash Testing Standard explained

It is important to know what you are getting and at Hampden we use international tested products that you can trust.

British, American and World standards provide a rating system, PAS68, ASTM F2656 and IWA14-1 respectively, which define the resilience of the Bollard or Barrier against vehicle attacks at a given mass and speed.

The more common is the M-designation, which was developed by ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials). The two common standards that Hampden offer are outlined below. 


M30: This designation certifies that a 6,800kg truck travelling at 50km/h (30mph) will penetrate no further than 1m through the barrier.

M50: This designation certifies that a 6,800kg truck travelling at 80km/h (50mph) will penetrate no further than 1m through the barrier.

Talk to us about your Vehicle Access Control needs or more

Hampden has the experience you need in creating high security perimeters. With our own in-house design and manufacture capability and a range of imported high-security Vehicle Access Control products, we can deliver a custom-designed solution to protect your site giving you the peace-of-mind you seek.

Depending on your site, there may be at risk of vehicle theft, ram-raid, accidental impact or a planned terrorist attack. Once the right risk level is determined, it is easier to establish which product range is suitable.

To find out more, talk to us today or check out our website with much more of the details and specifications on the products mentioned above.

If you need more, Hampden can address your entire physical security needs of your site drawing on 48 years of experience working on some of the most secure locations New Zealand has to offer.

Just getting started?

The New Zealand Government has set out expectations and guidelines for managing personnel, physical and information security.

You may find it worth working through the approach our Government is taking.

Ideal Application?

The types of facilities we provide Vehicle Access Solutions for include:

  • Embassies and Consulates

  • Government Departments

  • Military and Police

  • Prison and Detention

  • Infrastructure – roads, rail and essential services

  • Research Facilities

  • Harbours and Ports

  • High risk industrial and commercial

  • Educational Institutions

  • Places of worship

  • Stadiums

  • Pharmaceutical Facilities

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Protecting your Perimeter with our 358 Anti-Climb Mesh

Protecting your Perimeter with 358 Anti-Climb Mesh Fencing

At Hampden, one of our most popular high security products is our 358 Anti-Climb Rigid Mesh Fencing. Virtually impossible to climb, this design of fencing is used around the world for a wide range of applications thanks to its exceptional strength, erection simplicity and intrusion-resistant anti-climb properties.


Why is 358 unclimbable?

It is the extremely small rectangular spacing of the horizontal and vertical 4mm wires that makes 358 unclimbable by making it almost impossible to fit fingers or toes through the gap in order to gain purchase and climb.

Ideal for many applications

358 is designed to provide the highest level of security and protection from commercial properties through to government sites with uses from fencing and enclosures to window grills and safety barriers.

It provides the perfect perimeter protection for applications such as:

  • Detention Facilities: Prisons, youth justice centres, psychiatric hospitals

  • High Security Areas: Embassies, Military and Police facilities, other sensitive at-risk sites

  • Utilities: Power sub-stations, water treatment facilities, telecommunications

  • Restricted Areas: Airports, goods delivery areas and seaports

  • Infrastructure: Railway, motorway, balustrade walkways, bridge barriers

While also suitable for other applications such as:

  • Architectural: Facades and screens

  • Industrial Commercial: distribution centres, internal enclosures

  • Retail: Shopping centres, carpark buildings

  • Animal Enclosures: Zoos, dog pounds

  • Recreational: Sports grounds, community centres

  • Educational Facilities: Schools, university campuses

how 358 got its name

Interestingly, it gets its name '358' from its measurements: 3-inch x 0.5-inch x 8 gauge. In metric, this equates to 76.2mm x 12.7mm, Wire Diameter: 4mm (Gauge 8).

7 Reasons why you should choose 358

1. Resistance to attack

Robust wire, spot welded joints at every intersection and the narrow spacing make 358 practically impossible to cut with conventional bolt or wire cutters.

2. Excellent viewing visibility

Despite the narrow spacing between wires, 358 still provides vision to detect any persons close to the fence. When viewed head on, or even at an angle, the ‘see-through’ characteristics remain unimpaired. This is especially important for clear camera surveillance.

3. Attractive in its simplicity

Despite its utilitarian function, 358 is stylish in its simplicity and lends itself well to attractive architectural installations.

4. Outstanding stability

Because of its rigidity and minimal resistance to wind, 358 is very stable. This makes it ideal for use with electronic detection systems and alarms. It’s also an excellent choice when strain tension end-anchors can’t be used, such as on rooftop and walkway protection applications.

5. Extreme strength and durability

The unique double vertical design gives 358 significantly more strength. Its robust construction means 358 provides low maintenance, long life protection. In fact, Hampden covers 358 Anti-Climb Rigid Mesh fencing with a 5-year warranty.

6. Galvanised after fabrication

Unlike many other anti-climb fencing products, 358 is galvanised after fabrication, which guarantees all welded joints are protected from moisture. This effectively eliminates weld-point rust, ensuring unparalleled quality and longevity.

7. A choice of finishes

Hampden’s 358 is hot-dip galvanised. It can also be powder-coated to almost any colour you choose.


Talk to us about your Perimeter Security needs

Regardless of your site, Hampden can custom-design a solution to meet your needs. We import 358 Anti-Climb Mesh Fencing in bulk which means we can offer clients a very attractive price point. As importantly, we have 48 years of experience in perimeter security and have the in-house expertise to design, manufacture and install the right system for you to give you perimeter peace-of-mind. To find out more, talk to us today.

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Transitional Facilities are currently being reviewed. MPI are making sure that all these facilities are up to scratch or closed. There has already been a 20% reduction in Transitional Facilities as MPI work to protect New Zealand’s unique biodiversity.

Their special focus is on HIGH RISK SITES and they plan to crack down on any Transitional Facility that is not FULLY SECURE AT ALL TIMES. The deadline for this is the 1st SEPTEMBER 2019.

As they say, “operating a TF is a privilege and not a right”.

So what is FULLY SECURE?

Fully secure means:

  • No unauthorised entry by unapproved persons at all times

  • Undetected contaminants and pests cannot escape 

To achieve this a TF must:

  • Devan the container inside a secure building

  • Hold the container in a secure fully-fenced and gated area – preferably with an alarm system, high security cameras, etc.

How can Hampden help?

At HAMPDEN we take security very seriously. With 48 years of experience, 11 prisons, many thousands of commercial fences both big and small behind us we know quite a bit about keeping things in and keeping things out!

While we can’t build you a building, we can deliver a secure fully-fenced and gated area with all the bells and whistles.  

ACT NOW - September is sooner than you think!

Contact Hampden

Call us on 09 274 7557 Or Email:

And one of our team will visit and design a fencing package to suit your specific needs and your site.

For further details of what is needed and why, please read through the following information or visit the MPI website.


Transitional and Containment Facilities

Goods, sea containers and air containers arriving in New Zealand must first go to a facility approved by MPI. Transitional, containment and quarantine facilities have different roles and must meet certain requirements to operate.

All sea containers arriving in New Zealand need to be taken to a Transitional Facility and unpacked there. Some higher risk imports – especially plants, animals, and related products – may need to be quarantined or held in a Transitional or Containment Facility. 

Transitional Facilities hold, inspect, treat, identify, or destroy and dispose of uncleared risk goods imported into New Zealand. They operate under a standard that details the minimum requirements for approval and monitoring transitional facilities functions.

MPI taking a Fresh Look – The Border Space – Issue 25 February 2019

Our minister has asked us to take a fresh look at transitional facilities (TFs) and related cargo clearance processes following recent stink bug detections.

The move follows two separate detections of single bugs near facilities in Tauranga and Auckland this season. No further bugs have been found following intensive trapping and detector dog surveillance. You will hear about what comes out of the review in later issues of The Border Space. In the meantime, my officers are continuing to ensure TFs are properly managed. Our mantra is that operating a TF is a privilege, not a right.

Over the last three years, we have introduced a range of measures that have resulted in a 20 percent reduction in TF numbers. We are continuing to make changes to ensure remaining TFs are up to scratch. Below is a quick update of where we’re at with some recent initiatives. Please bear in mind I am not predetermining the outcome of the review.

There may well be changes to these initiatives as a result of the review.

Container limit I have mentioned before that we are considering deregistering TFs that don’t receive a sufficient amount of containers each year. We may have to go out for consultation before any changes are made, as the move would affect 25 percent of all TFs.


We are continuing to crack down on TF high security. This will give biosecurity officials increased confidence that uncleared risk goods (including containers) at a TF are fully secure at all

times from unauthorised entry by unapproved persons. The new measures will also prevent undetected contaminants or pests from escaping. The move includes revoking approval for

high-risk facilities that don’t meet the new strict requirements.

We were planning to make the new high security requirements compulsory for all TFs by 1 September. We have since decided it would be unreasonable to ask lower-risk facilities to meet this deadline when things are up in the air about what will happen with the upcoming review. 


We are finalising the details for how recently introduced infringement notices will work for transitional facilities (See August issue of The Border Space). Expected to be introduced

in March, the fines are proposed to be $400 for individuals and $800 for companies for each offence. The aim of these infringements is to send a strong message about the critical nature of compliance. Given this, we do not plan to issue fines when operators identify and report noncompliance to MPI and immediately take preventative actions.

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High-End Fiji Sport Facility

Hampden Installs Perimeter Security for High-End Fiji Sports Facility

At Hampden, we are always prepared to go the extra mile. So when artificial turf specialists, SportsWorx, contacted Hampden about a top-level sports field in Fiji they were scheduled to start work on, we were keen to be involved.
With its state-of-the-art synthetic turf, the new venue would need effective purpose-designed perimeter security. As Hampden has 48 years as New Zealand’s number one high security experts, a proven track record in design and technical expertise, the ability to deliver on time and on budget, and a “can do” attitude, we were a logical strategic partner for SportsWorx.

A World-Class Sportsground

An hour’s drive from Suva takes you to Pacific Harbour, which is known as Fiji’s ‘Adventure Capital’. Here, you’ll find the award-winning Uprising Beach Resort, which is where this world-class sports ground is being constructed. But this isn’t just anysportsground – it will be an international field that will be accredited to World Rugby and FIFA Standards and will host teams from around the globe.

An Effective Fence and Gate Solution

As the venue is to be a world-class facility, it needs an effective fence and gate solution to control access to the public and the comings and goings of sports teams and spectators.

The Scope

Hampden designed and manufactured a three-metre high Pipe and Mesh Chainlink fence. With a total length of 408 metres, it will have three pedestrian gates and one maintenance/vehicle gate providing access to the field’s outer limits.

Hampden Team Making Good Progress

To meet the tight schedule Hampden shipped all materials to Fiji over Christmas and then dispatched an Installation Team mid-January. At the time of writing, the team was making good progress despite the unpredictable hot and rainy tropical weather. The fence installation is due to be completed by mid-February. Once the field is secure, Sportsworx will be able to complete their scope of work, and local and international teams can then enjoy what is sure to be a fantastic World-Class facility.

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Case Study: Hampden's High Security Solution

The Police Custody Unit was recently constructed at the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. Designed to accommodate detainees, it has replaced the defunct custodial holding cells at Auckland Central Police Station in the CBD.

Hampden Fence was engaged to work with Arrow International to design, fabricate and install high security fencing and gate solutions to meet the rigorous high security requirements of the Corrections Department. Work was undertaken while the main prison buildings remained operational. Read the case study here.

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Hampden Fence assists with new Mt Eden Prison Facility

Hampden Fence Proud Supporters of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

At Hampden Fence we take Health and Safety very seriously and should the worst happen we want to be there as well to support our staff, their families and the wider community when it is needed the most. Hampden Fence is proud to be a Corporate Sponsor of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, who do an exceptional job at providing emergency air ambulance, search and rescue services across the wider Auckland region.


A focus on meeting customers technology needs

Sistema Global Distribution Center - Safety Fencing

Global plastics giant, Sistema, recently built a 200,000 square foot global manufacturing and distribution center in Mangere, Auckland - effectively keeping its operations here in New Zealand.

Hampden Fence was called upon to help secure Sistema’s state-of-the-art storage racking systems to ensure staff access was restricted in areas where fast-moving picking cranes operate. Hampden used 436m of 2.3m high welded mesh panels large panels fitted to the back of the racking to create a barrier between the crane aisles. Hampden also installed 218m of 2.1m high Pipe & Mesh Chainlink fencing (with top rail) around the entire perimeter of the storage bay, which ensures staff cannot accidentally enter from the sides. This means only authorised staff can enter through secure entry at each end which disables the crane in that bay. 

At Hampden we’re always keen on a project which ensures the safety and security of people and property. Read more about this project here.

Contact us today to find out how Hampden Fence can help you or your business.

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Hampden continues to lead the way for safety

Hampden is proud to announce that as an added safety measure on all automated swing gates we will be adding a high quality 859A/400 'Fall Arrest Cable' which is rated to 1.8T.

Should damage be caused to the gateway (most often when a trucks hits the gate post or gate) resulting in a failed gate hinge the fall arrest cable will prevent the gate from falling and either causing damage to property, or worse still injury or death for a pedestrian.
Our gate hardware supplier believes that no other gates in New Zealand have ever had this type of safety feature installed which means Hampden Fence can safely say that it offers the safest gates in the business!

Contact us today for more on this new industry-first gate safety measure.

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Auckland Zoo Exotic Bird Holding Area

In 2015 Hampden Fence was re-approached by the team at Auckland Zoo to assist with another specialist animal enclosure project: the fabrication and installation of an exotic bird holding area within the new exotic bird aviaries.

Hampden was engaged to fabricate the steelwork for the enclosure using its in-house fabrication capabilities, which the Zoo has used extensively on previous other projects.

Hampden had regular contact with main contractor Q Construction, the Zoo and its keepers, to detail the design as it developed and evolved. This ensured the end result was fit for purpose and exactly what the Zoo required:

  • Custom fabricated steel enclosure framing

  • Specialist bird netting

  • Lockable swing gates to match the overall aesthetics of the enclosure

  • Installation management

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