Creating effective perimeter security with the urban landscape in mind
With the UK having experienced a spate of vehicle-borne terror attacks in recent months, the need to safeguard the perimeter of public spaces is essential.
While a police presence on the streets can be effective in stopping an attacker on foot, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures remain key when it comes to providing around-the-clock protection in highly-populated public spaces.
However, physical security can appear obtrusive to the general public, creating a feeling of restriction. This represents a challenge for specification and procurement professionals.
Here at Concrete Barriers HQ, we manufacture all our counter terror perimeter security products with the appearance of the urban landscape in mind. This ensures effective perimeter protection that blends into and complements the surrounding environment, preserving public freedoms.
Jonathan Goss, managing director of Concrete Barriers HQ, the security division of Townscape Products, said:
‘‘It is paramount that the public remain protected against hostile vehicle attacks without feeling as though they are living under the constant threat of attack.
‘‘It is important to remember that despite the challenges, it is indeed possible to install physical security measures that provide the correct level of protection without taking away from the aesthetics of the surrounding environment. In some cases, our products have actually enhanced the look of public spaces.’’
Concrete Barriers’ counter terror blocks are often manufactured with a multi-functional use in mind. For 20 Fenchurch Street, six counter terror blocks were produced to not only provide physical security at the base of the building, but to act as seating for passersby. They also incorporated LED lighting.
‘‘Our HVM products are PAS 68: 2010 tested, a classification awarded to security products that pass extensive testing which assesses a product’s tolerance to vehicle impact.
‘‘We would always recommend measuring the effectiveness of a HVM product against this classification. If such products don’t carry this certification, they simply cannot be relied upon to protect the public against vehicle-borne attacks.’’