Beale Street in Memphis safeguarded by Matador HVM solution from Heald

The risk of potential vehicle attacks has been mitigated in the cultural heart of Memphis thanks to the installation of hostile vehicle mitigation bollards manufactured by Yorkshire-based Heald. Working in partnership with American distribution partner Concentric Security LLC, Heald has supplied and installed several of its Matador 6 bollards to secure the popular tourist destination of Beale Street.

Known as the ‘Official Home of the Blues’, Beale Street regularly hosts a number of outdoor concerts including the Beale Street Music Festival whose 2019 line-up included Cardi B and The Killers, predictably attracting large crowds to the area.

The latest configuration in the award-winning Matador range, the Matador 6 is a sliding bollard system consisting of four moving bollards and two static bollards allowing for access to large vehicles and two-way traffic. Crash-tested to PAS 68 standards, the Matador 6 can halt a 7.5-tonne truck travelling at 40 mph.

The project follows on from other installs of the Matador in the USA, including those at Winchester Old Town Mall in Virginia and the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Heald’s directors Debbie Heald MBE and Rod Heald visited Beale Street to inspect the install. In a joint statement, they said: “Our presence in the USA continues to go from strength to strength as a result of strong partnerships with our distribution network. They continue to excel in promoting the benefits of our range of patent-protected products, which includes the Matador, the only bollard available in the world which operates by sliding open to permit access. We look forward to increasing our footprint within the region and continuing to develop excellent partnerships with our distribution network.”

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