Why British Standards For Palisade Security Fencing Matters

In the UK, the British Standards Institution is the official standards organisation across a range of industries, with the sole purpose of ensuring and maximising quality of any manufactured product.

The standards are of course voluntary, and not required to be met by law, indicating to you that any business that follows them is dedicated to improving quality, and innovating their products, which can only benefit the customer.

In this blog we will be exploring what British Standards are, as well as how they matter when it comes to palisade security fencing.

Read on to find out more…


What Are British Standards?

British standards refer to a recommended quality standard that all products should be manufactured to, which enables the product to be recognised as a high-quality product by its governing bodies and customers.

The term ‘standards’ just means an agreed way of doing things, which is decided upon by a team of experts, similar to the secured by design program. They are agreed and maintained by a consensus, before being offered to the public for scrutiny, to ensure standardisation across the industry.

There are over 30,000 standards for manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to adhere to, that give the customer an indication on a company’s commitment to quality.

Why Do British Standards Matter For Palisade Security Fencing?

British Standards guide companies towards the standards they should be looking to meet with their products. They ensure quality and safety.

Unfortunately, many of the standard palisade fencing systems on the market today fall below British Standards. The market desire to make palisade fencing cheaper has meant that the quality has been eroded. The lower quality palisade on the market has tarnished the perception of palisade in the UK.

To make the palisade cheaper, manufacturers are using less steel. In doing so, you get a lower quality product. As a result, these lower quality products will:

  • Not pass the British Standard push test
  • Be weaker and easier to breach
  • May sag in the middle due to the lack of strength in the rail holding the pales

By choosing British standard palisade you are getting a more rigid product which will be harder to breach.

British made products are renowned around the world for their quality, hence the “Made in Britain” tag being so prestigious.

When it comes to Palisade fencing, higher quality means more protection. Your palisade fencing is being implemented to improve and increase the safety of your premises, which is why British standards are crucial for security.


What Are The British Standards For Palisade Fencing?

The British Standard for Palisade fencing is BS1722 Part 12.BS 1722 Part 12 2016 does not dictate a spec. It states that a push test must be carried out to a certain force and the spec tested must pass the test.  This means there will not be one size fits all, and each manufacturer has to do the test themselves and provide the certificate.

Barkers have carried out this test, and the following specification passed the requirements:

3mm ‘D’ pale did not pass the test so we did not test any further as it is more expensive.

Palisade fencing that meets or exceeds British Standard will be more rigid and harder to get through. Over time, lower quality palisade can sag in the middle due to the weight on the rail and the lack of strength in the rail.



British standards offer consumers that bit extra reassurance when it comes to their palisade fencing, showing not only is the company dedicated to maintaining standards and quality but that the products they are buying are actually up to standard.

The market desire has driven the quality of palisade below British Standard. To ensure you are receiving a quality product, the palisade fence you specify should meet or exceed British Standard.

To get even better security from palisade fencing, look for LPS 1175, CPNI or ASTM accredited systems.  Certain types of palisade fencing can also provide protection against hostile or accidental vehicle impact.

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