A section of new perimeter fencing has been installed increasing security at the UK’s largest airport. The new hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) fence at Heathrow Airport will provide protection against the potential event of a vehicle-borne attack. The UK safety barrier supplier, Hardstaff Barriers, worked alongside partner Fernden Fencing to install the steel ZoneGuard PLUS HVM system, a combined crash-tested barrier and fence solution tested to PAS 68 and IWA 14.1. Vehicle access gates The components of the ZoneGuard PLUS and fence are all fabricated and assembled off-site ensuring minimal on-site build time. The system also offers a solution for both pedestrian and vehicle access gates within the barrier run. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Heathrow Airport welcomed over 80 million passengers annually and was also one of Europe’s busiest airports. Safety and Security Barrier Specialist, Nigel Bullock, Solutions Manager, at Hardstaff Barriers, has worked in the supply of HVM barriers to Heathrow and other international airports for the last 14 years. He said: “We are delighted that our ZoneGuard PLUS HVM system has been installed at Heathrow Airport and that Hardstaff is providing solutions to improve the security of Britain’s largest airport.”
Foremost road safety and security barrier specialist, Hardstaff Barriers, has launched a free expert advice service as part of its commitment to protecting people and property. The company, which manufactures and supplies vehicle restraint systems (VRS), hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers, perimeter fencing, concrete security barriers, and access gates, has launched the service to share its extensive industry knowledge. Those who need advice on a project, who are keen to know how certain barriers work or who need advice on how to comply with safety requirements can now contact the company’s team of experts. Benefit of safety Standing by the company's 'For the Love of Lives’ tagline, Dave Todd, Director of Hardstaff Barriers, said: “Safety and security are at the heart of Hardstaff Barriers’ work, and we employ some of the UK’s leading experts. As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting people and property, we decided to launch this service to share some of our extensive knowledge.” “Whether those seeking our help are customers or not, we are happy to provide advice for the benefit of safety and for the greater good.” Experts and their scope of work Hardstaff Barriers works in a range of areas including highways, events, airports, ports, nuclear, construction, and vacant property, and can offer advice on improving safety and security in any of these areas. Its experts include: Richard Endersby, General Manager of Technical and Engineering, is an experienced Civil and Structural Engineer and has specialized in VRS for the last 20 years. In a previous role, he was tasked with rewriting the then-current VRS Standard, TD19/85, and bringing it in line with the European Standards. Niall Griffin, now General Manager of Hardstaff Secure, has worked in the policing and temporary security sector for over 30 years. Previously a Counter Terrorism Security Co-Ordinator for the Sussex Police, Niall can provide expert advice on all aspects of temporary security schemes. Hardstaff Barriers’ Solutions Manager, Nigel Bullock, brings a wealth of industry experience in relation to effective road safety devices and vehicle restraint systems. Key to his success is ensuring that the business keeps up-to-date with the latest highway safety regulations, such as CD 377, and that all of the company’s products meet these stringent requirements. As trusted experts in the industry, Hardstaff is the appointed contractor for the UK Government’s National Barrier Asset (NBA) framework.