Five year R&D programme yields planters that can stop ram raids, says Plantscape

Floral features supplier Plantscape has launched a sister company called Securiscape to sell street furniture capable of stopping ram raids and terror attacks.

The launch follows a five-year research and development project that saw the company in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, work alongside the Government to develop planters, seats and bollards sturdy enough to defend premises without looking brutish and bland.

Tests over three years led to product that could bring vehicles to a dead stop. Securiscape has now moved on to testing its seating and cycle rack defence systems on the way to launching new products next year.

Certification requires its products to undergo extensive horizontal impact testing involving a range of vehicles, from pick-up trucks to 7.5 ton lorries travelling at up to 40mph.

Securiscape’s planters have been installed outside the Candy Brothers’ One Hyde Park penthouse development in Knightsbridge and incorporate a strengthened steel core covered in a decorative stainless steel shroud.

"On top they are capable of providing an eye-catching and long-lasting floral display, thanks to an in-built reservoir which delivers water to the plants’ roots for days on end," said managing director Mark Stone.

"We realised that barriers, while necessary, created a feeling the country was under siege so we set about designing planters that would offer defence without turning the streets into a warzone."

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