23 January 2013
Manchester Airport is the latest European airport to take advantage of A-Safe's Atlas Barrier. Since its development by A-Safe in 2005, the Atlas Barrier has been used at Gatwick, Frankfurt, Brussels, Larnaca, East Midl
Manchester Airport's airfield facilities manager comments: 'As Manchester is such a busy airport, safety and security remain our top priority especially for staff out on the airfield where there are several vehicle and aircraft movements. Due to this, we require structurally sound and low maintenance barriers in place to protect our passengers and vehicles, which is what A-Safe have supplied.
The process from initial contact to installing the barriers has been seamless and we have found the team to be very helpful." A-Safe director James Smith adds: "We created the Atlas Barrier in consultation with Heathrow airport, in a move that saw us adapt our existing barrier to meet stringent airport safety standards.
We not only achieved what was required to earn BS 6399 standard, but we exceeded it." When an airport vehicle hits an A-Safe product, there is no damage caused due to the barriers' built-in memory. They flex, absorb the impact, don't cause damage to the concrete floor, and don't damage the vehicle. When the vehicle is deflected away from the barrier, or moves clear of it, the barrier returns to its normal shape. A-Safe says that thousands of pounds a year in maintenance costs have been saved by airports that use the Atlas Barrier, including Gatwick, which is said to have saved over £100,000 a year in maintenance costs.