A Derbyshire security products company has helped protect staff and visitors to one of London’s most prominent public buildings after installing a host of street planters in the shadow of Wembley Stadium’s giant arch.
Securiscape, based in Ashbourne, has recently finished fitting seven security planters across the glass-fronted entrance to Brent Civic Centre, the headquarters of north-west London’s Brent Borough Council.
Opened five years ago and designed to bring the council’s public and administrative functions under one roof, the £90m building has already won a host of architecture design awards.
It provides office space for 2,000 council employees, boasts a huge naturally lit foyer and atrium, a community hall, library and a civic chamber, while it is the most sustainable local authority building in the UK thanks to numerous green innovations.
Each of Securiscape’s planters has a display of evergreen foliage and is finished with brushed stainless steel decorated with double yellow stripes to complement the nearby security bollards.
To passers-by they look like ordinary street planters, however underneath the surround there is a high-tech steel framework which encases a tough polyethylene planter and requires fixings of just 100mm to anchor it firmly to the ground.
This ensures that the planter is strong enough to stop a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at 40mph in its tracks, earning them the industry’s coveted PAS 68-2010 security standard.
Mark Stone, managing director of Securiscape, said: “Brent Civic Centre is a wonderful new facility for the whole borough and we feel privileged to have been asked to install our planters outside.
“We are very pleased to have completed the task on time and within budget, not least because the requirement for shallow fixings would have been beyond the capability of other products.
“Safeguarding staff and public is of paramount importance and this installation is a perfect example of how sensitive and creative security installations can enhance the local built environment, rather than detracting from it.”
Securiscape has a growing list of successful security street planter projects to its name, having installed planters outside iconic and high profile buildings in Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and elsewhere in London.
It has also designed its own range of reinforced bollards and street furniture, bomb-proof litter bins and its unique SecuriPod system, a temporary defence which can be installed in minutes to protect pedestrians attending outdoor events.
To find out more about Securiscape and its products visit www.securiscape.co.uk
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