Security companies partner up to protect Nightingale Hospital

ATG Access and Crowdguard provide hostile vehicle mitigation solution at ExCeL field hospital

ATG Access and CrowdGuard have provided a hostile vehicle mitigation solution at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCeL in London

Leading manufacturer of road blockers, bollards and vehicle barriers, ATG Access, has committed resources to protect hospitals across the country from external threats amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its partnership with Crowdguard, ATG’s hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) solution, Surface Guard, has been installed to protect the temporary 500-bed London Nightingale Hospital built at the ExCel Centre, London.

After having originally having been alerted of a potential security vulnerability to vehicle attacks at the ExCel Centre, Crowdguard was quick to respond, successfully installing 40m of ATG Access’ Surface Guard across three locations on the site within 36 hours.

The solution is fully pedestrian-permeable, and Crowdguard has also deployed a separate Authorised Vehicle Access Unit in front of the hospital, ensuring that hospital operations remain entirely unaffected by the new measures.

Following the initial installation of Surface Guard, ATG Access has now been commissioned to secure the 2,000-bed capacity field hospital built by a temporary conversion of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Now, as ever, the public’s safety remains top priority and, to this end, we wanted to ensure that people don’t have to worry about security during these difficult times

All necessary security products, once again deployed by Crowdguard, have been donated free of charge to ensure the hospital, staff and patents are fully protected from attack.

ATG's Surface Guard solution has been installed at three locations on the site, together with a separate Authorised Vehicle Access Unit at the front of the building

Furthermore, Hardstaff Barriers, part of the wider HS Security Group, has also been enlisted to protect the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate.

Both Hardstaff Barriers and ATG Access are part of HS Security, a group of the UK’s leading physical security specialists owned by Hill & Smith Holdings.

Designed in response to the surge in vehicular attacks across Europe in recent years, a Surface Guard barrier can withstand the impact of a 7,200kg vehicle travelling at 32kph and has been tested twice in accordance to the IWA 14 crash test standard.

The barrier’s lightweight and modular design means it can be deployed quickly and efficiently by four men in under an hour, minimising disruption to event operation and the surrounding area.

Iain Moran, director at ATG Access, said: “Now, as ever, the public’s safety remains top priority and, to this end, we wanted to ensure that people don’t have to worry about security during these difficult times.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the ExCel Centre, having worked to protect the venue across a number of high-profile events in the past, so we knew what security measures would be needed for the temporary hospital.

We are proud that, through innovations such as Surface Guard, we are at the forefront of securing the nation’s hospitals and, through this, ensuring that both vital key workers and patients affected by COVID-19 are kept safe

“Due to Crowdguard’s expertise and unparalleled deployment network, we were able to work together to implement the necessary solutions rapidly and effectively, keeping key workers and critical infrastructure safe in these challenging times.”

Deborah Ainscough, operations director at Crowdguard, added: “We are proud that, through innovations such as Surface Guard, we are at the forefront of securing the nation’s hospitals and, through this, ensuring that both vital key workers and patients affected by COVID-19 are kept safe.”

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