‘The Bund’, Shanghai is one of the most crowded places across China’s tourist hot spots. ATG Access were approached to provide recommendations for the supply and installation of automatic, crash tested bollards.
Shanghai is one of the most high profile cities in China. Known as the economic capital, the city has a population of over 25 million people. ‘The Bund’ area is known as the most popular place of interest for Shanghai tourists. There are historical buildings along the north Zhongshan road. Also an iconic view of the Pudong Financial District skyscrapers opposite the Huangpu River. This area is classed as a crowded place; especially during peak holiday seasons such as ‘Chinese National Day’.
‘The Bund’ saw a deadly stampede which tragically happened on New Year’s Eve 2014. Over 300,000 people had gathered for the annual celebrations. 36 people were tragically killed and 49 injured. Subsequently, the security concerns of the local district government have increased. There has also been an increase in threat levels to crowded places globally due to the emerging ‘vehicle as a weapon’ threat. The government proposed the installation of automatic, high-security bollard systems and a complementary surveillance management system to secure the area.
ATG Access, through a local in-country partner, met with project stakeholders and recommended automatic, crash tested bollards to secure the tourist area. These products were suggested due to their shallow foundation profile. The excavation needed for installation is just 900 mm. This was the preferred solution as the site had depth limitations underneath the proposed line of protection. In total seven automatic systems were procured, containing eighty-six bollards. The protection line was installed at seven different road junctions.
The project was divided into two phases with the first three systems being delivered within eight weeks. The local partner working alongside ATG managed to complete the installation and commissioning before the national holiday – China Golden week.
The final four locations were also completed, installed and commissioned before the Christmas holidays, 2017. The local government has now used the systems during a number of festivities. These include Chinese National Day and also the Shanghai International Marathon.
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