Physical Security

Blackpool barrier

by Mark Rowe

Blackpool’s annual illuminations switch-on on Friday, August 31, that in 2018 drew a crowd of 20,000 and included a concert by pop singer Britney Spears on Saturday, September 1, had protection from the physical security barrier Surface Guard. The product from the manufacturer of road blockers and bollards, ATG Access, was installed around the Headland Arena, in front of the Blackpool Tower.

ATG say that the product was specifically designed in response to recent vehicle attacks across Europe, and has been tested in accordance with the IWA 14 crash test standard. It is capable of withstanding an attack from a 7,200kg lorry travelling at 32 kph. The barrier was deployed by one of ATG’s installation partners – Stadium TM, taking four men just under an hour to install, meaning minimal disruption and allowing for pedestrian access. ATG Access developed a bespoke gate to secure the promenade’s tram tracks and ensure the width of the prom was secure from potential vehicle attacks.

Created specifically for this location, the gate attaches to two permanent bollards which were also installed for the event, allowing the area to be accessed when required by trams or emergency service vehicles. Whereas Surface Guard is temporarily fixed, the access gate allowed for greater flexibility in allowing authorised vehicles through to the promenade.

After the season, the gate will be removed and placed into storage. The two permanent bollards will be fitted with an aesthetically pleasing sleeve until required again next year.

Glenn Cooper, CEO of ATG Access, said: “The recent events that took place in Blackpool are a fantastic example of how temporary security can seamlessly provide maximum protection, without creating a ‘fortress mentality’. For such a busy seaside town that runs public events on a regular basis, ensuring that visitors feel safe is imperative. For this reason, our Surface Guard system and bespoke security access gate for easy pedestrian and tram accessibility will help protect event goers not only this season but for seasons to come.”


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