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Car park mesh barriers

Report ID: 120 Published: 1 October 2008 Region: CROSS-UK

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A reporter is concerned that barrier systems that do not comply with the current standards may be used in car parks throughout Britain.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professionals and building owners:

  • Barriers should be designed and constructed to meet the code loading requirements for impact from vehicles

  • If you are concerned about the adequacy of barriers that are installed in you premises, consider having them assessed by a suitably qualified engineer

For civil and structural design engineers:

  • Barriers should be designed to withstand the impact loads in accordance the current standards 

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A reporter has written about the mesh barriers (Figure 1) currently used in some car parks as there are concerned with them. There are a number of multi-storey car parks constructed in Britain by a foreign specialist that uses this barrier system.

Figure 1: mesh barrier

The reporter wrote to the person who was compiling the National Annexes to the Eurocodes as he was concerned that these non-compliant barriers were entering Britain and being approved on the basis that as they are European, they must be satisfactory.

The fact remains that, in his opinion, they do not meet British Standards. The reporter was part of an expert group connected with barriers, so they felt quite strongly that the National Annexes should reflect this work and the requirements of British Standards.

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CROSS have received reports about mesh barriers and require more information. Do any readers have experience that would help to shed light on this matter? In particular do such barriers have building control approval and do they comply with British Standards?

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