Portcullis Gate Automation supply, install and maintain a wide range of bollards from manual and fixed bollards up to PAS 68 tested automated rising bollards. Many are available in different finishes in order to meet aesthetic / branding requirements, with some ranges being linked to automatic timers restricting the bollards to set time constraints.
Introduction to Commercial Bollards ↓ show more detail ↓
Bollards are steel cylinders that appear to rise out of the ground in areas such as pedestrian gateways or bus lanes. They can be installed in private residences, but are more often used in commercial environments.
Rising bollards are very good vehicle access control devices. They are a perfect solution for applications requiring access control at specific intervals, but not all hours.
This type of control was specified for traffic lanes through a shopping area where they required access restricted to buses only from 8 o’clock in the morning to 6 o’clock in the evening. At all other times normal traffic was allowed unrestricted access. Here automated rising bollards were installed with timers to raise the bollards at 8a.m. then lower them again at 6p.m. plus infra-red remote controls on the buses to override the timer and lower the bollard on approach; the bollard then rises again after the bus passes.
The automated rising bollards were an ideal solution for this application being strong with no hazardous sharp edges in the raised position and perfectly flat and level with the ground when lowered leaving a good pedestrian friendly surface.
When visiting shopping areas we pass over rising bollards in their downward closed positions countless times without noticing them. They are all around us without visually impacting on the environment.
Our Commercial Bollard Services ↓ show more detail ↓
Depending on your location, we will instruct one of our surveyors to manage your enquiry. They will discuss with you the functional requirements; manual theft control bollards at a car showroom, a series of fixed bollards to permit pedestrian only access into a specified zone in front of a high rise London tower, a bus lane automatic rising bollard controlled by remote access control, or a PAS 68 tested counter terrorism bollard for a high security location. An assessment will be made on the level of security that is required through the bollard installation.
The surveyor will also discuss any aesthetic requests that are often associated with bollard installations; for example a set of blue manual bollards to match the brand of car showroom or silver PAS 68 bollards to fit into a London high rise setting.
A site survey will be conducted in order to assess any potential ground problems. A very common example is if the area suffers from a high water table it may introduce problems from continuous water presence.
Most importantly a full risk assessment and health and safety assessment will be carried out as a part of the Portcullis Gate Automation service.
The surveyor will work to provide you with the most beneficial solution based on all aspects of the survey and of course should you wish to proceed, all works will be compliant with the Machinery Directive and health and safety recommendations as set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
At the completion of any bollard installations you will have the option to take advantage of our Portcullis Gate Automation pre-planned preventive maintenance in an effort to avoid any bollard failures.