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September 22, 2021


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CPNI seeking industry collaboration in developing vehicle impact resistance furniture

CPNI’s Hostile Vehicle Mitigation programme is seeking further collaboration with industry and local authorities to develop vehicle impact resistance street furniture. 

Local and highway authorities, architects and landscape architects are looking for a greater suite of blended and dual use barriers that integrate seamlessly into the urban landscape and public realm.

Designs from collaborators must meet specific stakeholder requirements set out by the CPNI and will not be considered if they fail to do so. Funding towards the cost of testing will be available to those who meet the specific conditions.

Advice on specific requirements for products cover the likes of:

  • Types of street furniture designs
  • Size/dimensions
  • Engineering constraints
  • Visual/heritage
  • CPOS requirements
  • Maintenance

The programme stresses that products must be affordable to enable local authorities to consider them as a pragmatic alternative to conventional Vehicle Security Barriers (VSBs); they can be adapted to existing designs or completely new.

From a security perspective, the product must be designed to:

  • Damage the impacting vehicle so it is not easy to drive; and/or
  • Prevent the vehicle from progressing beyond it; and/or
  • Sufficiently delay the vehicle’s progress

The anticipated suitability and performance of submitted product designs will be assessed against the above requirements, resulting in the most promising being taken forward to full-scale vehicle impact testing.

The level of testing will be decided by CPNI and is dependent on its anticipated vehicle impact resistance. It is envisaged that the top level of performance will be an ISO IWA 14-1 test: a single, head-on impact with a lorry or 4×4 pickup at 30mph. Medium performance may be testing head-on / at shallow angle at 30 mph using a smaller attack vehicle. Products deemed to have a lower-end capability may be tested to CPNI’s Vehicle Attack Delay Standard.

More information about the proposed collaboration can be found here. 

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