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Townscape provides counter terror system in Saudi

20 Aug 14 British street furniture manufacturer Townscape Products has provided 600 blocks as permimeter protection from vehicle-borne attacks at the new US$507m King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia.

Townscape worked contractors MSIX, Samsung SDS and Light Weight Building Company to provide the hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) system. The 600  PAS 68 Counter Terror (CT) Blocks were manufactured locally under an international licencing agreement and installed as part of a £1.2m contract.

Known as ‘the jewel in the desert’, the 60,000-seat sports facility includes Saudi Arabia’s first FIFA-standard football venue, a 2,000 seat multi-purpose indoor stadium and a 1,000-seat athletics pitch alongside a Mosque, hotels and sports hospital. It will also be home to two football clubs.

Jonathan Goss, managing director of Townscape, said:” The King Abdullah Sports City is one of the most exciting developments in the Middle East which will attract thousands of visitors each year. It’s a world class attraction which requires world class perimeter protection.

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“Our HVM specialists were asked to travel to the site to consult on how to ensure the venue and its visitors are protected from any vehicle-borne incursions. The Townscape CT Block was the ideal solution, the 100mm low profile foundation is suited to the local terrain and the prestigious PAS 68 mark was a vital requirement specified by the owners to ensure the highest level of perimeter security was achieved.”

CT Blocks for the UK and European markets, are manufactured at Townscape’s Sutton-in-Ashfield factory. Each weighs 2.2t and they are made using a mix of aggregates designed for ultimate strength. The CT Blocks only require minimal groundwork due to their low profile foundation. The blocks are positioned where a building is vulnerable to vehicular incursion and meet the PAS 68 standard for vehicle immobilisation.

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