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Bollard system launched to protect bridges from risk of vehicle attacks

by Brian Sims

Heald Ltd, the UK designer and manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation security products, has announced the launch of its Bridge Bollard System in response to recent vehicle attacks on several iconic bridges.

A vital transport route, bridges are notoriously difficult to secure from the evolving threat of vehicle attacks via existing security products due to the latter’s need to either be installed by digging into the foundations or by bolting to the ground which can affect the structural integrity of the bridge.

Addressing the installation challenges faced on bridges in particular, Heald set out to develop a product which took into account the level of security required, while also ensuring the structural integrity of the location to be secured.

Described as a “game-changer” for both UK and international security, Heald’s Bridge Bollard System is the only product of its type to be crash-tested to IWA 14 standards against an 18-tonne N3C vehicle travelling at 30 mph at a 30-degree impact angle. Its interlocking design provides shared distribution of the load, while patent-applied technology offers additional protection by anchoring the bollards into the ground upon impact, thereby preventing any given vehicle from penetrating the area the bollards are protecting.

The product was crash-tested with an array of nine interconnected bollards, with the design allowing for additional bollards to be added to expand the area being protected.

While the product has been launched to address the challenges specifically faced in protecting bridges, it’s also said to be ideal for any locations where excavation or even bolting to the ground isn’t possible. Instead, the product is laid flush with the ground before paving stones or tarmac cover over the base plates. It requires no excavation and can be installed in just 45 minutes (excluding civil works).

Commenting on the launch, Heald Ltd’s managing director Debbie Heald MBE said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have achieved this rating for a completely surface-mounted, non-fixed solution. The potential for this product is huge for a wide range of uses and we look forward to further developments. Heald is again proud to be innovating to help protect our world.”

The firm, which invests significantly in R&D, has brought to market several innovative, patent-protected security products including the Matador, the world’s only sliding bollard system.

*A crash test of the new product can be viewed by visiting YouTube https://youtu.be/m8eK361ZbzQ

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