Access and security are two key considerations for any property. Whether you run a business or manage a residential property, you may be looking to keep vehicles out of restricted areas—while still ensuring access when you need it. Here, we'll look at how removable bollards help.
Access bollards for better security
When we look at access, first we need to ask, "Access for who?" For businesses, customers need to come and go quickly and conveniently. For residential buildings, occupants need longer-term storage for vehicles and occasional accommodation for visitors. Access can also mean different things. For example, pedestrian access may require different infrastructure—such as sidewalks, crosswalks and areas of refuge—than vehicle accommodations, which may require paved surfaces, signage and traffic lights.
Many sites also require a degree of security. Utility areas, shipping and receiving docks and maintenance roads may be prime sites for sensitive equipment or building exposures. Pedestrian areas and open green spaces can be places for families and their children—and should also be free from public vehicles. Keeping unauthorized vehicles away from these areas will reduce risk of accidents. On occasion, however, maintenance and security vehicles may need their own priority access. Read more about pedestrian-oriented design.
Access control bollards are ideal for site security. Specifically, they prevent vehicle entry while allowing pedestrians to pass freely. They are also less intrusive than other forms of barriers—such as fences, walls or hedges—as they preserve clear site lines and the spaciousness of open areas.
Cost and value are other factors to consider. Bollards can be significantly less intrusive to install, requiring only minor excavation or drilling. The overall labor for installation, maintenance and operation is often less costly and less time-consuming.
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Removable bollard options
Often, fixed, no-entry barriers may not be ideal. Access requirements can change throughout the year, season to season, month to month or even day to day. Long-arm barriers, or other types of gates, can be common solutions, but depending on the site, removable bollards can be more suitable—as they are more economical and don't require hardwiring for automated controls.
What are some of the most common uses for removable bollards?
Bollards are often installed to keep vehicles from gaining access to certain areas, but what happens when maintenance vehicles need to get through? Removable bollards prevent regular public access and allow emergency or maintenance vehicles to pass when necessary.
Community facilities such as stadiums, event areas and public parks often serve a number of different purposes throughout the year, from public gatherings to overflow parking accommodation. Strategically installing removable bollards can create effective divisions for public events when required, while allowing regular traffic flow at other times.
Weather conditions, operating schedules or other seasonal considerations can require that site areas be closed to vehicles during certain parts of the year. Installation and removal of removable bollards can section a space for a summer patio or prevent access during winter months.
Removable bollard options
Reliance Foundry offers several removable bollard options. Our R-79xx and R-89xx bollards have been designed to accommodate a range of mounting styles and site requirements. Made from powder-coated carbon steel or 316-grade stainless steel, they are easy to install and remove.
Removable bollards with green powder coat
R-79xx and R-89xx bollards can be installed with two different removable receiver options.
- Chain receivers: Bollards are padlocked to a securing chain when installed. When removed, chains can be stored inside the receiver and covered with a stainless steel lid.
- Hinged lid: Bollards are padlocked to a hinged lid when installed. When removed, the lid closes flush with the top of the receiver.
The R-8464 removable bollard, which features dedicated mounting hardware, is also available. R-8464 receivers are tailored to suite the bollard's internal locking mechanisms—which require no additional padlocks—and ship standard with receiver covers.
Many decorative bollards can also be installed with removable mountings. Decorative bollards feature several cast designs to suit a range of architectural styles. Mounting hardware is available in two different styles.
- Premium receivers: Bollards bolt to receiver extensions and are secured with padlocks when installed. When removed, receiver extensions retract flush with ground surfaces to avoid obstruction.
- Standard receivers: Bollards bolt to surface-mounted brackets and are secured with padlocks when installed. When removed, brackets can be removed from embedded concrete anchors.
Durability and aesthetics
Bollards offer a simple, non-intrusive solution for regulating vehicle access. With the range of products and installation hardware available, we're able to cater to the needs of any building or property. Material, design and finishing are often key factors to ensuring bollard installations suit their surroundings. When selecting removable bollards for your property, using high-quality materials will ensure lasting performance with minimal maintenance or upkeep.