With more than 170,000 passengers passing through its doors every day, Birmingham’s £750m refurbished New Street station development is a jewel in the Second City’s crown.
It is also, thanks to stringent rules governing the need to protect the public, extremely well defended against a hostile vehicle-borne attack due a series of bollards and planters, including three large, curved granite planters.
These three planters, two of which are positioned close to the main entrance and a third which stands on an elevated section near to a taxi rank, were installed with the assistance of Securiscape, which answered a call for help when a previous sub-contractor was unable to fulfil the brief to provide planters capable of providing a robust enough defence.
The requirement was for planters which would not only complete the attractive hard landscaping scheme but which would also perform to the exacting standards of PAS 68-2010, the latest publicly available specification for vehicle security barriers.
Developing and testing its own PAS68 planter would cost the station’s contractor thousands of pounds and would have delayed the project, which is why they got in touch with us.
By that time, and with the overall scheme coming to an end, there was a need for planters which could be retro-fitted, without having to move essential underground services or penetrating a waterproof membrane laid out on the upper level.
Our security planter systems, which have been proven again and again to be capable of bringing a 7.5 tonne lorry travelling at 40mph to a halt, are surface-mounted – in fact, they have the shallowest fittings on the market.
In other installations we have provided a planter installed inside a protective framework, with everything contained within a decorative shroud, but this time the requirement was for nine 1.42m2 frames – three per planter - fixed side-by-side within each planter’s foundations.
Granite surrounds and marble tiles were then used to construct the outer shape of the planter, while the interior was filled with a waterproof membrane. This was filled with compost, which was then planted up with low maintenance grasses, herbs and trees.
Working closely with the main contractor, we installed everything overnight on just one weekend, saving station operators Network Rail many thousands of pounds and, most importantly, giving staff and passengers a safe working and travelling environment.
Mark Stone, managing director of Securiscape, said: “We are very proud to have been involved in such a prestigious project and to have been able to step in when required.
“Products like ours are very bespoke and so, with the need for safety of paramount importance, there was a real possibility that the project would have been delayed if we hadn’t provided a workable solution in a short time and well inside the budget.”
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