Most decorative bollards can be installed with removable mountings to ensure the best in ornamentation and functionality—making them ideal for areas with mixed vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Once installed, bollards are secured with a single padlock, and can be removed at any time for temporary access or according to the needs of a building or outdoor space.
Decorative bollards are sold standard as fixed site furnishings—used to direct traffic and demarcate off-limit areas. They make ideal additions to areas with a high amount of mixed pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Decorative bollards are designed to enhance the aesthetics of a building or landscape. As a perimeter site furnishing, they create effective barriers around entryways and approaching pathways, which means they can significantly influence the first impressions of approaching visitors. Decorative bollards are available in a range of sizes and casting styles, making them suitable for any high-end building or landscape application—from historic sites to modern commercial shopping centers.
Where standard fixed bollards limit and section-off designated spaces, removable bollards have the added capacity to grant temporary access—convenient where maintenance, delivery or emergency vehicles, as well as any other service vehicles, may need temporary access.
"Shortly after introducing the decorative iron bollard line, we realized there would be a need for removable mountings,” said Len Cranmore, Product Manager at Reliance Foundry. “When looking for removable options, we didn't want planners and architects to be limited in their options—especially if they're looking for options to match other decorative bollards."
Reliance Foundry offers iron, steel and aluminum bollards to add style and elegance to any building or streetscape. For removable mountings, two options are available: Premium removable mountings and economy removable mountings.
Removable mountings can be embedded or surface-mounted
Premium removable mountings
Premium removable mountings are embedded into a concrete substrate. Once a bollard is removed, the protruding mounting cylinder retracts fully below ground to ensure minimal tripping hazard or visual disruption. Premium removable mountings are made from galvanized steel to ensure long-term functionality and high protection against oxidation.
To fasten decorative bollards to premium removable mountings, first lift the embedded mounting cylinder from the embedded receiver. Once extended, lock the cylinder in place with a clockwise turn. Place the decorative bollard over the mounting cylinder, making sure to align all pinholes. Insert a fastening pin to secure the bollard, and then lock with a heavy duty padlock to prevent tampering and theft.
To remove bollards, simply unlock and remove the securing pin and remove the bollard. The raised cylinder can then be turned counter-clockwise and retracted into its embedded housing, where it sits flush with the concrete surface.
Decorative bollards can be installed with one of two removable mounting options
Economy removable mountings
Economy mountings offer similar functionality to premium removable mountings. They can be installed in new concrete with embedded anchor castings or in existing concrete with drilled drop-in inserts. When bollards are removed, a wrench is required to remove the protruding mounting bracket. Economy mountings are made from galvanized steel, making them highly resistant to corrosion.
To fasten decorative bollards to economy mountings, the mounting bracket must first be bolted into an embedded anchor or concrete insert and tightened with a wrench. Place the bollard over the mounting bracket, making sure to align all pinholes. Insert a fastening pin and secure with heavy-duty padlock to prevent tampering and theft.
To remove the bollard, unlock and remove the pin and lift bollard away from its mounting. Unfasten the mounting bracket, using a wrench to loosen the bolt, to prevent any tripping hazard or visual obstruction.
Both premium and economy mounting systems are affordable, easy-to-install and readily available online. Visit the bollard accessories page for more information.
Originally published November 25, 2013. Updates reflect current products and accuracy of content.