Pictured above: (l-r) Rob Gerrard and Marcus Gerrard, from GME Springs
A Coventry firm which is leading the fight against terrorism has been shortlisted for a national award following the success of its products.
GME Springs, based in Boston Place, Holbrooks has been included in the final three of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation’s nominations for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure Security in the Public Realm Award.
The award recognises excellence in the development and application of effective and proportionate security systems within to counter current and future threats.
GME Springs has been nominated for the success of its barrier and bollard systems produced by the company’s Safteyflex Barriers division.
The company’s Truckstopper range is at the forefront of its success, with the product’s unique spring mechanism attracting international attention after tests showed its efficiency in preventing drive in attacks by vehicles as heavy as 7.5 tonne lorries.
All Truckstopper range products are tested to the PAS 68 industry standard and are made from specially formulated spring steel and require only 400mm of footing. This allows the company to create a slim line product which can be hidden in street furniture.
As a result the company has installed its Truckstopper range into a variety of products including benches, bicycle racks, planters, litter bins and brick and granite walls.
GME Springs has been nominated alongside MFD International which has carried out bollard work at key buildings in London and West One Infrastructure Services which developed security measures around the UK Supreme Court.
Marcus Gerrard, of GME Springs, said he was delighted that the company was competing for such prestigious awards.
“To be shortlisted for this award is a great honour, especially when you consider the calibre of the organisations we are competing against.
“We feel this nomination underlines the quality of our products and the high esteem they are held in by our clients as well as experts in the field.
“Our company’s background in suspension systems and specialist engineering projects has allowed us to develop a unique and innovative product unlike anything seen before and we are delighted that our achievements have received such high-profile recognition.”
The nominations will be judged on criteria including originality and innovation, contribution to security objectives, potential for wider application, effectiveness of planning and design, cost effectiveness, practicality, sustainability and aesthetic and operational sympathy to the surrounding environment.
The 2010 CIHT Awards will be celebrated at a gala black tie evening at Lords Cricket Ground, on Wednesday June 16 with guest speaker Jonathan Agnew, from cricket’s Test Match Special.