Case Studies

Bollards at Wimbledon

by Mark Rowe

The All England Lawn Tennis Association – better known as Wimbledon – sought to protect its court number one, and the rest of the grounds, from vehicle-borne bombs. The manufacturer of security bollards and vehicle barriers ATG Access were contracted to provide security from vehicle borne threats at certain locations across the south London site, offering protection to the main playing courts within the grounds. The products had to withstand severe impact, had to look decorative and in keeping with the area. Two thirds of these units had to be removable once the annual fortnight was over. ATG’s SP1000 Shallow Foundation product was fitted. It has an installation depth of just 112mm. The Shallow Foundation Removable Bollards needed to be supplied with a bespoke Heritage Design Sleeve cast in Wimbledon Green to be in keeping with the Old English Club. A new “Heritage Sleeve” was designed, created and installed in good time for the 2013 Championships. The makers say that the shallow foundation products minimises disruption of habitats and tree roots. Less plant machinery is required on site to fit the product, which in turn reduces pollution and noise. The product uses a smaller amount of concrete, less than 25pc of the concrete employed in a traditional foundation, it is claimed. Before, the All England Lawn Tennis Association had to use concrete blocks by the perimeter to protect the VIPs within its grounds.

Pictured are ATG products at the Greenwich Dome.

About ATG Access

The firm has manufacturing equipment such as their own panel shop allowing bespoke control systems to suit customers. Visit: ATG Access is exporting to over 40 countries.

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