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Watershed Consultancy - School Fencing

Watershed Consultancy - Fencing and Gate Solutions


Watershed is a privately-owned, multi-disciplined consultancy that specialises in providing advice, support and services to the aquatics, recreation and education sectors across New Zealand. Watershed’s considerable experience with school property management, and its close work with the Ministry of Education, has seen it build a rich understanding of day-to-day property-related issues that schools are faced with every day. A key issue is property high security and this starts with robust and secure school fencing and gates.

No substitute for experience in school fencing

Watershed brings a wealth of knowledge to each school fencing project it manages. Its calls on the proven performance of more than 20 successfully completed school fencing projects since 2006 to help guide its clients into the most suitable solution for its property. This ensures Watershed consistently makes good on its promise to ‘help deliver the best quality outcome for each property.’

Fit-for-purpose school fencing and gates

When it comes to finding the very best fence and gate solutions for its clients, Watershed consistently turns to the team at Hampden Fence as the best source of high-performance school fencing products that never compromise on high security and style. 

“We have worked with Hampden Fence at a number of schools and find them easy and accommodating to work with. They have shown their ability to think outside the square and manufacture solutions that fit both ours and our clients’ requirements,” says Dayle Franklyn, Project and Property Consultant at Watershed.

A wide range of options to suit any school

Whether it’s high-strength Wrought Iron fencing, folded panel fencing or custom-fabricated steel and aluminium fencing, Hampden Fence offers a comprehensive range school fencing products that suit almost any education facility. Pedestrian and vehicle access gates to match each fence style are also available, with or without automation and access control.

New Zealand’s largest and most competent fencing company

Hampden has one of the most experienced teams in the fencing industry, and its specialist knowledge and capabilities are second to none, which makes it the ideal partner for school fence and gate projects.

“Hampden Fence has an excellent understanding of the unique nature and specific requirements of school projects, having completed a vast number of educational fence and gate solutions over the past 40 years. We have experienced project management and installation teams that offer a genuine end-to-end service, from the initial design and planning stage, through to custom fabrication and installation management. We also offer marketing leading after-sales support and back-up with our 10-year Post-to-Post promise.”
— Kristian Baldwin, Managing Director

St Mary's School

St Mary's School & Pre-School


Watershed NZ needed a robust fencing solution for St Mary's School that was 'high on security and safety, without sacrificing style'.


Hampden Fence installed powder-coated folded panel fence and gates to give a tailored, professional appearance.

Highly versatile and built to last, Folded Panel Fencing is lifted to another level in style with powder-coating. A wide range of powder-coating colour options allows the installed fencing and gates to effortlessly match the existing colour schemes of the school. 

Fall-arrest cables were attached to all swing gates installed across the school campus to provide added safety and high security.

Recently introduced by Hampden as a new safety enhancement to all installed swing gates, these simple, yet highly-effective fall arrest cables ensure that, should the gate become damaged and hinges fail, the gate is unable to ultimately fall causing further damage to property, or injury to pupils or staff of the school.

Waiuku Primary School

Perimeter Security Fencing

Hampden was engaged by Waiuku Primary School and main contractor Greenstone Group to help improve the perimeter security of the school grounds and sports fields. 


With considerable experience in school fencing projects, Hampden brought the following proven solutions to the table:

  • 470m (approx.) of Chief Panel Fencing with various vehicle and pedestrian gate solutions

  • 235m (approx.) of Pipe & Mesh Chainlink fencing and matching gates

Unique Challenges Of School Sites

School fencing projects bring a set of unique challenges due to their location and the presence of children, staff and parents throughout the school day:

  • Restricted delivery hours

  • Health & Safety considerations due to the presence of school children

  • Neighbouring property owners objecting to the fencing

  • Vegetation that needed to be cleared prior to work commencing

Another Satisfied Customer

The Waiuku Primary School project ran smoothly, both on time and on budget, and without any notable incidents.  The end result… another happy customer and a secure school.

Nga Iwi School

Fence Upgrade

Nga Iwi Primary School were in need of a new fence. Watershed Property, Projects & Aquatics Consultancy, the school’s grounds manager, contracted Hampden for the project as they knew Hampden


were able to keep to the high spec and regulation that schools expect.

Hampden removed the existing fence and replaced it with 56m of 1.8m high Wrought Iron fencing with hot-dipped galvanised finish. The fence has two access gates: one for pedestrians, the other for vehicles. 

St Dominic's Catholic Primary School

St Dominic's School


Hampden was recently asked to provide high-quality folded panel fencing and gates for an upgrade to selected areas of St Dominic's Catholic School in Auckland's Blockhouse Bay.


The new Folded Panel Fencing seamlessly blended in to existing panel fencing across the school, ensuring the overall aesthetics of the site were maintained. New vehicle and pedestrian access gates were installed to help control traffic flow in key areas, ensuring the safety of pupils, staff and visitors alike.

Alfriston School

Alfriston School

Hampden has a comprehensive range of school fencing and gate products, and one of our safest and most robust solutions is custom Wrought Iron panel fencing.


The staff and visitor carpark at Alfriston School is tucked away, just to the side of the main school entrance, on a very busy main road. This road sees high-volumes of traffic, including dairy trucks and other service vehicles. Wrought Iron fencing helps to ensure the safety of those using the carpark, should any vehicle have an accident and leave the road. Added high security features such as Spearhead spikes also help to provide added security to the carpark area, which is largely out of direct sight of the main office buildings.

Papakura Central School Pool

Wrought Iron fencing


Papakura Central School is a co-ed state primary school in the heart of Papakura, Auckland. With a role of almost 400 students, Papakura Central School has a focus on being a ‘Thinking, Creative School’, encouraging its pupils to ‘have fun while learning'. The school pool is a major draw-card for fun, and with saline cloth-covered wire mesh fencing starting to look ragged, Papakura Central’s Board of Trustees decided to replace the fence in order to meet local authority standards, and to ensure it was in keeping with the rest of the school’s high security fencing. 

The Customer

Papakura Central School helps its students to achieve their potential by teaching them knowledge, skills and attitudes in a positive and challenging environment. As a focal point in the local community, Papakura Central takes great pride in its facilities and is committed to the safety and security of its staff, pupils and all visitors. In choosing a replacement fence for its pool, Papakura Central School needed a solution that would not only ensure this ongoing safety, but would also stand the test of time in style.

The Key Challenges

  • Secure and Robust: Deliver a robust high security fence with poles unable to be prized open, to deter uninvited visitors and vandals

  • Stylish: Deliver a solution that is attractive, in keeping with the school’s existing perimeter fencing, and able to seamlessly ‘integrate’ into the undulating site surrounding the pool enclosure.

  • Cost -effective: Provide a cost-effective fencing solution that represented excellent value for money.

The Solution

Hampden Fence installed a Solid Wrought Iron High Security Fence topped with Arrow Spikes around the pool enclosure that matched the rest of the school’s perimeter fencing. “The Hampden team was great from start to finish”, says Barbara Duckworth, Papakura Central’s Principal.

“Pricing and timelines were clear, and we were kept well informed of when Hampden’s installation staff would be on-site”, adds Barbara. “I must commend James and his installation crew. They sought verbal confirmation at every stage of the job, ensuring my expectations were always met”.

New Zealand's Largest and Most Competent

Hampden is New Zealand’s largest and most competent fencing company, which made it an easy choice for Papakura School when choosing a supplier for its replacement pool high security fence. “We really wanted the new fence to blend in with the pool environment, and we didn’t want the fence to look staggered down the slope of the hill”, says Barbara. “We are delighted with the way the new fence runs parallel to the ground, following the natural gradient of the land”.