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    5 critical infrastructure sites that can benefit from bollards

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    By definition, critical infrastructure sites have particularly stringent security requirements – and that’s exactly where bollards come in useful. They’re reliable, affordable, and undeniably effective, enabling operators to effortless control vehicular access, and mitigate the risk of unauthorised entry. Here’s a quick roundup of five of the most prominent types of critical infrastructure sites where bollards play a crucial role in enhancing security.

    1. Airports

    Airports are among the busiest and most security-sensitive environments. With millions of passengers, employees, and goods flowing through daily, the top priority is to ensure flawless safety and efficiency.

    Bollards that have been strategically placed at airport entrances, terminal drop-off zones, and perimeter fences can all help to manage vehicle traffic while preventing unauthorised access to restricted areas such as runways and baggage handling facilities. By creating secure zones, bollards contribute significantly to safeguarding both people and infrastructure from potential threats.

    Airports often use crash-rated bollards capable of stopping vehicles even at high speeds, ensuring protection against deliberate vehicular attacks. If you’re looking for similar bollards for your own premises, we have a great range of anti-ram raid bollards to choose from right here on our site!

    2. Hospitals and emergency entrances

    Since hospitals operate around the clock to provide critical medical care, that can naturally make them vulnerable to security risks, especially at emergency entrances and ambulance bays.

    Bollards are essential in these areas to ensure quick and unimpeded access for emergency vehicles, while preventing unauthorised vehicles from entering pedestrian zones and sensitive patient care areas. (Not every intruder necessarily has malicious intent – sometimes, people are just looking for an easy place to park.)

    The presence of bollards not only enhances the safety of patients, staff, and visitors, but also supports seamless emergency response operations during critical situations. What’s more, plenty of hospitals utilise retractable or removable bollards to temporarily open access for authorised vehicles during emergencies, while maintaining security at other times.

    3. Government buildings and public safety

    Now we come to perhaps the single most sensitive type of facility on this short list. Government buildings house essential administrative functions and sensitive information, which often makes them prime targets for security breaches.

    Bollards strategically placed around government office complexes, embassy premises, and legislative assembly buildings serve as effective perimeter security measures, especially when combined with other measures. By creating controlled access points and secure zones, bollards help mitigate the risk of vehicle-borne threats, unauthorised entry, and acts of terrorism. They also play a vital role in protecting government personnel, critical infrastructure, and public safety. Some government facilities even opt for decorative bollards that blend with architectural aesthetics while providing robust security capabilities.

    4. Financial institutions and asset protection

    Banks and financial institutions are custodians of valuable assets, and so they’re often subject to successful or attempted criminal activities, such as robbery and burglary. (As they have been for centuries, to be honest!)

    Bollards installed around bank branches, ATM locations, and cash handling areas can act as physical barriers to deter unauthorised access – especially ram-raiding attempts, which are still used on cashpoints across the UK (even if they are increasingly rare). Bollards fulfil a range of security roles for financial institutions – not only safeguarding assets, but also ensuring the safety of employees and customers alike. Just as with government buildings, financial institutions often choose bollards equipped with integrated lighting or reflective materials to enhance visibility and security during night hours.

    5. Stadiums and event venues

    Stadiums and large event venues attract significant crowds during sports events, concerts, and public gatherings, making them vulnerable to security threats, including vehicular attacks. Bollards strategically placed around stadium entrances, pedestrian walkways, and parking areas provide effective crowd control and perimeter security.

    In many ways they perform largely the same roles for stadiums and event venues as they do for other sensitive areas, but also with a couple of crucial differences – in this setting bollards also help to maintain order, enhance public safety, and mitigate specific risks during high-profile events. What’s more, their presence reinforces security measures and supports comprehensive emergency response planning to ensure the safety and well-being of event attendees and staff. Stadiums often favour bollards designed to withstand impact forces while minimising visual obstruction, thereby balancing security needs with the spectator experience.

    Those are just a couple of examples – but application you personally have in mind, you can count on us to have a bollard to suit you! For over 15 years, we’ve been installing and maintaining security solutions across the UK for domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors, and we take pride in providing quality products that give our customers peace of mind. That includes heavy-duty bollards designed to protect crowded or sensitive areas, such as commercial automatic bollards and hydraulic automatic bollards.

    If you’re looking to place an order, or you want any help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01535 509001, and we’ll be happy to assist however we can!