Securiscape helps Birmingham New Street station get on track for safety

Three planters designed to protect the public using Birmingham’s busy New Street station have been installed outside the entrance after a leading supplier of security street furniture answered a call for help.

Securiscape was able to supply and fit nine 1.42m² high-tech planter frames, each capable of stopping and disabling a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 40mph.

The company got involved after a previous sub-contractor was unable to fulfil a brief to provide planters certified to the exacting standards of PAS 68-2010, the latest publicly available specification for vehicle security barriers.

The frames were then surrounded with granite stonework and marble tiles and filled with a waterproof membrane, which was in turn filled with compost planted up with low maintenance grasses, herbs and trees.

Securiscape, which is based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, was asked to help towards the end of a £750m refurbishment project of the station, by which time the frontage of the development had already been completed.

It meant that the planters would have to be retro-fitted, without having to move essential underground services or penetrating a waterproof membrane laid out on the upper level.

It was able to achieve the task within a tight time scale and within budget thanks to the design of the fittings used to anchor the frames in place, which are the shallowest fixings on the market.

Securiscape first began developing its planter technology seven years ago and has installed planters at notable sites across the UK, including a number of London landmarks, namely One Hyde Park, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Broadgate estate in the City.

Although the technology is a closely-guarded secret, it relies on the design of the framework and the fixings to absorb the impact of a vehicle and stop it in its tracks.

Mark Stone, managing director of Securiscape, said:

“We all hope that attacks never happen but the recent tragic events in Manchester warn us to be vigilant and protect the public wherever we can.

“Developing and testing its own PAS68 planter would cost Network Rail thousands of pounds and would have delayed the refurbishment, so we are delighted to have been able to step in and install these defensive measures at short notice and well within budget.”

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