Marshalls Landscape Protection, a Secured by Design (SBD) member company, has launched the RhinoGuard Beam, the latest addition to its SBD-accredited RhinoGuard range.
In a typical street scene there are many obstacles that are difficult to overcome with bollards, which results in the limit of these measures having to be exceeded. This leads to a gap that is too large to comply with the relevant standards such as IWA 14.2 and PAS 69. The cost of moving some of these barriers can be expensive and disruptive. New solutions have therefore been needed to overcome some of these problems.
The RhinoGuard Beam has been crash tested according to the IWA 14.1 standard and can successfully stop a 7.2 ton vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour. With only 50mm of excavation, this is the perfect solution for bridges and other areas where underground services and utilities interfere with installation. In combination with the RhinoGuard Ultra Shallow 50, the beam achieved a braking distance of 0 m during its crash test.
The Ultra Shallow 50 has now been successfully carried out in three IWA 14.1 crash tests. Cycle on a typical footpath with the beam over a gap of 4000 mm. All tests showed a real-life scenario with an impact of 30 degrees, which is considered to be the most likely angle of attack during long linear perimeter protection runs.
With tailor-made length options to suit the needs of a scheme, the protective barrier can span manholes, service chambers and other obstacles while allowing expansion and contraction. The collapsible structure can be quickly removed to allow access for plant and equipment or emergency vehicles should this be required.
The design allows the barrier to blend in with the surrounding aesthetics, improving the environment while maintaining the level of protection necessary to keep people safe.
“The beam is ideal for use on bridges and other places.”
Managing Director Jaz Vilkhu, Marshalls commented, “The greatest benefit of the RhinoGuard Beam is that it provides buyers with an aesthetic barrier solution that can bridge manholes, services and other obstacles. The beam only requires 50mm of foundation and is ideal for use on bridges and other locations where extremely shallow installations are required.
“London is a very good example of how utilities are often positioned less than 300mm below the surface and the RhinoGuard Beam is flexible enough to be used.
“Without penetration, the beam system can protect vehicles with a weight of up to 7.2 tons and a speed of up to 48 km / h and protect hikers and cyclists on wide bridges, footpaths or bike paths. RhinoGuard® Beam can be adjusted to adapt to the environment and can easily be removed for quick access should this be necessary. “
Alfie Hosker, SBD technical officer, added, “This is another example of Marshalls innovating and developing products to protect our communities.”
More information about the RhinoGuard® Beam can be found at: https://www.marshalls.co.uk/commercial/product/rhinoguard-beam