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Bayfair Countdown Shopping Centre Expansion

Bayfair Countdown Shopping Centre Expansion

Hampden was initially approached by Architects Woodhams Meikle Zhan (WMZ) alongside structural engineers Beca in 2017 to consult and design large acoustic gates for the project. Hampden then fabricated and installed the gates for Foster Construction, who were winners of the Westpac Waikato business awards in 2017.

Hampden, with its experience with bespoke ‘engineered solutions’, was given the task of supplying a complete solution that would meet the operational demands of the customer on an extremely challenging site.

Services offered / Solutions / Why Chosen

  1. Hampden collaborated on the project with architects and engineers over 12 months, perfecting the design before fabrication commenced in 2018. When faced with meeting exacting containment criteria, Hampden’s extensive knowledge and experience gained from its involvement in 11 major prisons developments and several smaller prison enhancement projects, has proven to be invaluable to the design team and the client.

  2. The unique design required custom fabrication. Hampden had at hand the ability to produce the detailed shop draws needed.

  3. To Hampden, each component of the final structure must play its part. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is crucial in delivering a long-term solution for the Client.

  4. Over the years Hampden has developed strong relationships with all its key suppliers, providing confidence in the quality of the finished product.


Key project facts

  1. $350,000 Contract Value

  2. Being the entry and exit loading dock for a large supply chain store, it was critical for the large automated gates to perform reliably in all conditions, and to open up to more than 90 degrees to allow enough room for trucks to have easy access.

  3. Due to the site’s proximity to the ocean, the automation and hinges, in particular, needed to be robust enough to handle any environmental extremes that might be thrown at the gates.

  4. While being suitable for the environmental conditions, the gates also formed part of the perimeter fencing. This required them to be both an acoustic and a visual barrier.

Scope and Products used

  1. Heavy Duty DAAB operators (imported from Sweden) were used in conjunction with customised bracketry. Due to their high operational ratings and proven performance in prison environments, these operators can withstand the expected high wind loading.

  2. As the finished weight of a gates was expected to be more than 850kg, additional features such as Photocells and Wireless safety edges were incorporated in the gates as a safety precaution to avoid injury and/or damage.

  3. The operational arc, size and weight of the gates required a reliable hinge solution. Hampden imported heavy-duty bearing hinges, which are rated to operate up to 4,000kg.

  4. Another area required Stainless Steel mesh and structure fencing, where Hampden designed and supplied a PS1.

We were really pleased with the work Hampden did for us,” explains Tim Strawbridge, Project Director, of Fosters Construction. “The project had a requirement for a large acoustic fence and automated gates - we struggled to find a company willing to look at this project for us due to the complexity. Hampden took care of the design, fabrication and installation of the large 800kg acoustic gates for the loading bay. The entire project was extremely well-executed from a time, quality and cost prospective. The ease in which these massive gates operate in what is a designated a high wind zone is testimony to the capability of the team at Hampden.
— TIM STRAWBRIDGE, Project Director

High-End Fiji Sports 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.

New Zealand’s First SUPERMAX Prison

Hampden takes on New Zealand’s first SUPERMAX prison project


Early on in the project Fletcher Construction approached Hampden to work with the design team on the new SUPERMAX prison at Paremoremo. The team comprised of Fletchers, Jacobs Security, Mode Architects and BECA and the mandate was to design an effective containment solution for not only the secure perimeter but also several areas within the high security facility.  

Services Offered / Solutions / Why Chosen

  • Hampden’s involvement began almost 2 years before construction commenced with consulting and design advice. Detailing specifications, samples, drawings, renders and configurations to suit the exacting needs of the client. 

  • Hampden’s extensive knowledge and experience built upon its involvement in 11 major prisons developments as well as several smaller prison enhancement projects has proven to be invaluable to the design team and in the end the client when faced with meeting exacting containment criteria.

  • Hampden’s ability to deliver tailored integrated solutions and to bring them through from concept to completion makes us the “go-to” option when it comes to design, product selection and the build itself. 

  • Hampden installation team worked closely with multiple other trades on site to get the job done while our designated project team made this an accurate and efficiently project managed from start to finish.

  • With the inevitable change in scope Hampden’s in-house resources was able to meet these challenges in a timely and cost effective way helping to keep the overall project on track. 

  • Health & Safety was paramount, especially when installing over 4km of Concertina Razor Wire up to a height of 3.6m. Hampden had the well-considered methodologies as well as internationally sourced and certified PPE to keep its people safe. Hampden is proud it had no lost time incidents during installation which is a testament to the way we lead in the area of Health & Safety.

Key project facts:

  • $3.5M Contract Value

  • Project length of over 4 years

  • Expected lifespan 50+ years

  • First SUPERMAX (maximum high security) Prison in NZ

  • Beds 260

  • Resource peaked several times during construction requiring Hampden to dedicate up to 16 personnel at any one time

  • Shop drawings produced for sign-off before all fabrication was done in-house by our experienced and certified team.

Scope and products used:

  • Anticlimb Drums: nearly 1km of 900mm diameter spiral ducts were installed as a continuous Anti-climb barrier to the top of the precast perimeter wall at various heights ranging from 4m to 7.5m.

  • Internal Management Fence: A combined Chainlink and Concertina Razor Wire fence to deter and contain even the most determined prisoners.  

  • East-West Link: A 4m high Expanded Mesh (Anti-climb) with an anti-dig concrete strip and a 4.3m high Sensor Fence forms an effective secure link between the two prison wings.

  • Privacy Screens: specifically intended to create a visual barrier between accommodation wings and prevent communication and planned attacks.  

  • Wing locks: assembly cages specifically designed for Riot Squad’s deployment in case of an emergency. 

  • Custom louvres: 100% visual barrier while allowing airflow to the corridors. 

  • Various other custom enclosures, fences and gates to suit high security requirements

Ports of Auckland

As New Zealand's leading high-security fencing, gates, and automation solutions provider, Hampden Fence should be your first point of contact for a tailored high-security package for your property.


Ports of Auckland have undertaken a trail to automate container movement from storage to the trucks that move them around the country. Automation is great for safety and efficiency but comes with its own set of challenges. Hampden worked with the PoA team to specify, design and install a full turn-key solution that would separate people and trucks from the automated container hoists. The key considerations were safety and efficiency. When you expect to move 500+ containers per day a few minutes worth of time savings per container is a big deal.

Included in the installation were the following products:

  • 100% duty cycle high-speed barrier arms fitted with safety skirts

  • Swing gate automation

  • Palisade swing gates with integrated magnetic locks

  • ArmourFence Palisade fencing

  • Chainlink mesh

  • Aluminium cantilever security gate

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Classified High Security Facility

As New Zealand's leading high security fencing, gates, and automation solutions provider, Hampden Fence should be your first point of contact for a tailored high security package for your property.


When Wilson+Hurst was engaged to provide a 'next-level' high security solution for a classified site, it turned to Hampden Fence for the expert advice, market-leading products and installation experience to deliver a fit-for-purpose package to meet the unique needs of the site.

Included in the installation were the following high security solutions:

  • Spike Pressed Steel Panel Fencing

  • HotFence Electric High Security Fencing

  • Custom Fabricated Cantilever Gates

  • Industrial 100% duty cycle Gate Automation

  • 358 Anti-Climb Rigid Mesh

  • Automatic Retractable Bollards / Concrete-filled Static Bollards

  • UPS Battery Back-up to ensure all equipment would work in the event of power failure.