ENCAT: Stormwater channel Pedestrian Fence panels

Encat Pedestrian Fencing for roads near Stormwater Channel Outlets Maquarie Avenue Ingleburn
We custom made a Pedestrian Fence panel run ready to be installed at Valley Walk Reserve stormwater channel in Ingleburn for Campbelltown City Council

"It is so important to keep potential flood zone areas as safe as possible for pedestrians, especially when parks or reserves are used as 'shortcuts' between residential areas like Valley Walk Reserve seems to be."

John Ford - ENCAT Managing Director
Campelltown City Council Logo

ENCAT was contracted to manufacture Pedestrian Fence panels to be installed on concrete footings to reduce the safety risks of people walking past the stormwater channel outlet in Valley Walk Reserve in Ingleburn to help complete works on Macquarie Avenue by Campbelltown City Council. Sydney Water provides a Stormwater Fencing Policy DD_047476  that outlines the requirements for protecting the public in these types of potentially dangerous locations.

As you can see in the image above the reserve is being used by residents as a shortcut between Macquarie Avenue and Lawson Street. There is also a bus stop either side of the road adjacent to this installation.

Depending on the existing conditions or new installations that are developed on a site it may be required to fence items;

  • along open stormwater channels (like the example shown in this project)
  • around Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQIDs)
  • around Drainage Pumping Stations (DPS) around Trunk Drainage Land
  • around headwalls under roadways and on bridges


Each fencing installation requirement will vary based on the application but the policy will dictate the type of fence that needs to be used, how it should be installed & other requirements like access gates, locks etc. ENCAT has helped complete a number of open stormwater channel fencing installations over the years with lots of experience working either directly with local councils or civil works contractors.

We can either assist in the early design phases of a project or supply Pedestrian Fence panels to suit the length required. Using only recycled Australian steel, everything is manufactured in Australia in our factory in NSW then shipped anywhere across the Country. This makes it easy for us to engage with appropriate stakeholders from quoting through to delivery to make project management simple.

What requirements do stormwater channel fencing installations need to meet?

The exact requirements of stormwater channel fencing will vary based on the site & what is in the vicinity of the channel or the safety levels required. Generally speaking, the requirements include;

 

  • A height that is a minimum of 1.2 m to a maximum of 1.8 m, based on safety hazards within each site

 

  • The fences must consist of a top and bottom square section and in between should consist of a tubular rail with solid, round or square section infill bars of suitable strength.

 

  • All fencing components and fixings shall be of suitable corrosion resistant materials like hot dipped galvanised steel. (Which ENCAT’s Pedestrian Fencing is)

 

  • Where barriers are used to prevent the risk of a vehicle crashing into a stormwater asset, they must comply with Australian Standards (AS5100. 1-2004 – Bridge Design Part 1: Scope and general principles)

 

  • The installation has to be done according to all relevant codes and regulations, including but not limited to AS 1926 – Fences and Gates for Private Swimming Pools, AS 5100.1-2004 – Bridge Design.

Why was Pedestrian Fencing used around this stormwater channel?

Safety fencing is typically used when there are open concrete stormwater channels and across headwalls where the structure is accessible by the public. Road Barriers or Pedestrian Fencing will be used when the stormwater outlet is deemed to be in a high risk location that is in close proximity to roads or footpaths that creates a risk of a vehicle driving into it or person falling.
At this site it was deemed close enough to the roadway to be of concern to motorists & pedestrians, therefore the outlet needed the appropriate protection. Our civil engineering team designed a set of Pedestrian Fencing panels to measure the exact length and shape of the outlet, ready to be installed on the concrete footings.

Pedestrian Fencing improves existing site safety

ENCAT can supply Pedestrian Fencing to local councils or civil works contractors. This could be a shopping centre area, residential development, new road or even a school. No matter the location our civil engineering team can design & manufacture fencing that is suitable.

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John Ford

John Ford

John founded ENCAT in 1989 and has been designing and developing civil engineering products for commercial, council and public applications that have been used around the world.

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