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Crowd Control Barriers at the London 2012 Olympics and Para Olympics

The Brief:

The London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) contacted SafeSite Facilities to request a considerable number of suitable crowd control barriers and fencing to various London Olympic 2012 venues in order to create a safe, controlled environment for both pedestrians and cyclists. The delivery, erection and also removal of the barriers had to be completed within very specific time frames to comply with strict security across all Olympic sites.

Temporary Fencing at the Olympics
Fencing at the London Olympics

The Solution:

We provided a combination of Concrete Barriers, Water Filled Barriers, and Temporary Heras Fencing to the Olympic venues. Whilst the Heras Fencing was used to mark out boundaries and provide protection against unlawful entry, the highly visible water filled barriers served as effective crowd control barriers. Our concrete blocks were used to prevent unlawful vehicular access across entryways to the sites.

The Outcome:

Up to 32 operatives per day were employed to deliver and erect suitable barriers across 38 Olympic sites in a professional, safe and efficient manner. A total of 14km of fencing and 12.5km of pedestrian and crowd barriers were installed at venues including  Lords Cricket Ground, Hampton Court, Horse Guards Parade, Victoria Park, Windsor Race Course and Eton Rowing College to provide safe queuing lanes and secure cycle parks.

Temporary site hoarding

In the Future:

The Heras Fencing, crowd control barriers and concrete blocks will remain in situ as required for the London 2012 Olympic Games. As events are completed and locations are no longer required as Olympic venues, SafeSite Facilities will send a skilled team to safely dismantle and remove all barriers from site within the specified time periods.

Client details:
London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

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