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Heald bollards secure Government facility in Australia

Secured by Design (SBD) member company Heald Ltd, the Yorkshire based manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation systems, has recently been working to secure a high-profile government facility in Melbourne, Australia with their award-winning sliding bollard product, the Matador.

In partnership with GK Solutions, an Australian based company that provides specialist solutions for government, critical infrastructure, commerce and industry, Heald was selected after a security review of the premises following heightened security threats, in particular from vehicle attacks.

Heald’s Matador – which is an SBD accredited product – was identified as the ideal security solution due to drainage issues on site meaning that a traditional telescopic bollard would not meet their client’s needs. The Matador, a patent protected product, is the only sliding bollard solution on the market crash tested to a variety of standards and is available in a variety of configurations and operational functions to meet the needs of the most challenging of environments.

Two electro-mechanically operated Matador 4’s, which consist of two static bollards and two sliding bollards, which allow for permitted vehicle access were manufactured at Heald’s site in Hornsea, East Yorkshire, before being shipped to Australia where a team from GK Solutions installed the products.

Heald’s electro-mechanical product range offers a range of sustainability benefits such as no oil being required to operate the product and electricity savings of up to 60%.

HT2 EM Matador 2

Commenting on the install, Gavin Queit, Director of GK Solutions, said: “We are proud of our partnership with Heald, and once again Heald has delivered outstanding products for an iconic Australian location”.

Debbie Heald MBE, of Heald Ltd, added “We are delighted to have been able to provide GK Solutions and the Australian government with an innovative solution to meet their needs in securing this prime location.

“Once again, it has been a pleasure to work alongside our Australian distribution partner, and we look forward to growing our footprint in the Australian and Asian Pacific markets”.

Secured by Design Development Officer Alfie Hosker said: "This once again demonstrates that Heald continue to be the go to company in their field, be it in the UK market or across the World.
“Heald regularly supply vehicle mitigation products and systems into a whole host of development schemes and situations, ranging from stately homes, vulnerable locations and football stadiums to locations considered critical to the National Infrastructure.”

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: