An East Yorkshire firm playing a crucial role in engineering out terrorism atrocities has launched a new product in response to high profile vehicle attacks on several iconic bridges.
Heald Ltd, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation security products, has brought forward a bridge bollard system.
It addresses installation challenges faced on vital infrastructure, described as notoriously difficult to secure, and is the only product of its type to be crash-tested to a specific criteria.
Existing security products require the digging of foundations or the bolting of the equipment to the ground, which could impact the structural integrity, leading to the Hornsea firm’s solution being described as a “game-changer” for both UK and international security.
Managing director, Debbie Heald MBE, said: “We are 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.”
Heald’s Bridge Bollard System features a unique interlocking design, providing a shared distribution of the load, while patent-applied technology offers the additional security of anchoring the bollards into the ground upon impact, preventing the vehicle from penetrating the area being protected.
It met the IWA-14 standards against an 18-tonne vehicle travelling at 30mph at a 30-degree impact angle.
Mrs Heald said: “While the product has been launched to address the challenges specifically faced in protecting bridges, it is also ideal for any locations where excavation or even bolting to the ground is not 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.”
Launched in 1986, Heald employs 50 people, investing significantly in research and development to bring new products forward.
It has installations in Beale Street, Memphis, the French Quarter, New Orleans, Oslo Airport, Norway and many government buildings throughout the UK and Australia.
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