After making waves when we reinvented the standard pedestrian guardrail as a protective barrier capable of saving lives, Securiscape took the next step with a guardrail that could withstand an impact with an N3C 7.2-tonne lorry – despite being embedded only 80mm into the pavement surface.
Called the Guardrail Ultra HVM barrier, this product takes the science of pedestrian protection into brand new territory because its shallow nature mean that it is the only product of its type capable of being used effectively on road bridges – where usual, deeply embedded, products are unsuitable.
The safety of pedestrians walking alongside vehicles came under close scrutiny in 2017, when the vehicle-borne terror attacks in London involved a van mounting the pavement on Central London’s iconic bridges, causing serious injury and loss of life.
Ever since, major bridges in London in UK cities have been lined with heavy-duty steel barriers and concrete blocks to prevent further incidents.
This development, while effective, is unsightly and helps to create a climate of fear, which is why our Ultra Guardrail is such a breakthrough and why, when a 10m stretch of the guardrail successfully achieved its IWA-14 rating, we made the security industry sit up and take notice.
Delivered on site in sections, fully galvanised and powder-coated, the guardrail ultras are put in place using nothing more than a forklift truck and hand tools.
This process does not require the excavation of holes – instead, workers remove the paving slabs and kerbstones, fix the guardrail ultras into position and put the kerbstones and pavers back in place.