Downtown Memphis, USA has mitigated the risk of potential vehicle attacks by installing hostile vehicle mitigation bollards manufactured by Yorkshire based, Heald Ltd.
Working in partnership with American distribution partners, Concentric Security LLC, Secured by Design (SBD) member company, Heald has supplied and installed four of their Matador 6’s to secure the popular tourist destination of Beale Street. Known as the ‘Official Home of the Blues’, Beale Street regularly hosts a number of outdoor concerts including the Beale Street Music Festival whose 2019 line up included Cardi B and The Killers, attracting large crowds to the area.
The latest configuration in the award-winning Matador range, the Matador 6 is a sliding bollard system consisting of four moving bollards and two static bollards allowing for access to large vehicles and two-way traffic. Crash-tested to PAS68 standards, it can halt a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 40 mph (64 kph).
The project follows on from other installs of the Matador in the USA including Winchester Old Town Mall in Virginia and the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Heald Directors, Debbie Heald MBE and Rod Heald, visited Beale Street, Memphis to inspect the install, commenting; “Our presence in the USA continues to grow from strength to strength as a result of strong partnerships with our distribution network. They continue to excel in promoting the benefits of our range of patent protected products, which includes the Matador, the only bollard available in the world which operates by sliding open to permit access. We look forward to increasing our footprint within the region and continuing to develop excellent partnerships with our distribution network.”
Secured by Design Development Officer, Alfie Hosker said: “Heald once again demonstrate both their international reputation & worldwide footprint is going from strength to strength by being involved with such an iconic location to assist in the safety and security of tourist’s from across the globe visiting this attraction in the USA.”
Heald started in 1987 as an agricultural engineering business before launching its first line of security barriers. Today, Heald manufactures and installs a range of innovative hostile vehicle mitigation systems and traffic control solutions and its award-winning roadblockers, barriers and bollards play a leading role in the defence of vulnerable properties worldwide.
Clients include military sites, presidential buildings, palaces, embassies, border controls, airports, oil refineries, stadia, banks, shopping malls and government buildings.
Heald is one of the largest manufacturers of security equipment in the UK and has been a member of Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, for many years.
You can find out full details of Heald’s extensive range of SBD accredited products here: https://www.securedbydesign.com/member-companies/sbd-members?view=companydetail&sbdoldcompanyid=110