Heald Ltd, a company specialising in designing and manufacturing hostile vehicle mitigation products has installed their award-winning sliding bollard system, the Matador in South Shields, securing the Ocean Road entrance to the town centre’s most prominent shopping and leisure area.
The sliding bollard system has been installed to aid with the traffic regulations order within the town centre and to enhance public safety. The bollards will stop unwanted vehicles from entering, but will also allow access to vehicles when required, by the two central bollards moving to the side. Although the product has been installed permanently via the shallow mount install, an additional benefit of the Matador is that the product can be surface mounted in areas where a shallow mount is not possible. Both have been crash tested to halt a 7.2-tonne truck travelling at 64 kph (40 mph).
Working alongside South Tyneside Council, The Matador 4 replaced the traditional rising bollards that were previously installed. Because of the high-water table, the previous bollards were unsuitable due to water ingress. Heald’s Matador 4 was recommended by numerous security professionals and was chosen as the ideal solution for the project
The installation of the Matador was complete without disruption to town events, such as South Shield’s Summer Parade.
Cllr John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration & Economy for South Tyneside Council, said: “South Tyneside Council is investing significantly in South Shields Town Centre through the £100m ‘South Shields 365’ regeneration programme. The installation of the bollards helps manage vehicle movements and protects the pedestrianised core providing an enhanced visitor experience. This is a key element of the Council’s investment in improved highways and transport infrastructure which will help promote economic growth and improve the quality of facilities in the town centre.”
Managing Director of Heald, Debbie Heald MBE added: “We were delighted to be involved in this project and to be able to contribute to the safety of the public. It was a pleasure to work alongside South Tyneside Council to identify the relevant solutions to the challenges they faced. The Matador is a unique product, and we are happy South Tyneside Council are satisfied with the end result.”