Heald protects York public realm with bollards

We’re pleased to announce that Heald is helping secure several locations within the York public realm, including Shambles, a world-famous street. 

The cathedral city of York, North Yorkshire, welcomes over 8.9 million visitors annually and is home to historic landmarks and thriving high streets. As vehicle-borne incidents remain a threat to locations with high footfall, the decision to implement adequate perimeter protection in the city was made because the area is a potential security target. 

Our client, civil engineering organisation CR Reynolds and City of York Council, presented specific requirements regarding foundation depth and the complexity of installation on diverse gradients and terrains. In response, we recommended the Matador product line, featuring electromechanical bollards.  So far, these bollards have been strategically installed in various locations, including the Shambles, Blake Street, Colliergate, Goodramgate, High Petergate, High Ousegate, and Lendal. 

We’re managing the installation, with CR Reynolds overseeing the groundwork. Parliament Street is awaiting installation.  

Rigorously tested to IWA-14 and PAS 68 standards, alongside a CPNI Vehicle Attack Delay Standard (VADS) rating, our Matador ensures a durable and effective security solution. 

As the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill‘, widely known as ‘Martyn’s Law’, and the ‘Protect Duty’ legislation continue to go through Parliament, the spotlight on safety intensifies. This legislation is likely to require increased security measures and perimeter protection for public venues, organisations, and public spaces to mitigate the risk of terrorist attacks and other crimes. This includes businesses like high-street retailers operating in areas such as York. We urge these businesses to proactively prepare for the impending legislation to enhance public safety and ensure compliance. 

The installation of electromechanical bollards, such as the Matador line, also takes into account specific requirements for accessibility while maintaining robust security measures. By strategically locating bollards and incorporating features that allow for swift access during emergencies, we ensure that public safety is upheld without compromising accessibility for all individuals, including those with disabilities and emergency responders.

Our managing director and co-owner at Heald, comments: “As an East Yorkshire-based business, Heald takes immense pride in safeguarding our local surroundings, including the historic streets of York. We firmly believe that our installations seamlessly blend with York’s aesthetics while enhancing public safety. 

“Our commitment to providing high-quality security systems is rooted in our Yorkshire values of community and resilience. By preserving the past and securing the future, we ensure that our beloved Yorkshire remains a safe and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.” 

“We maintain that integrating high-quality security systems is imperative for public safety. Our bollards not only serve as a visual deterrent against vehicle-borne threats but also enhance the overall urban environment. It’s about preserving the past while securing the future. 

“As York experiences growth and becomes an even more bustling hub, it’s essential to prioritise security measures. With the impending implementation of Martyn’s Law, it’s our responsibility as security experts to advocate for proactive safety measures in our evolving city spaces.” 

To learn more about our York Installation project, please visit:  https://www.heald.uk.com/projects/perimeter-security-safeguards-york-including-iconic -shambles/

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