What Are Concrete Barriers Called?

What Are Concrete Barriers Called?

Concrete barriers provide a whole host of benefits for anybody, especially those within construction. Understandably, there may be many names for a concrete barrier depending on where you are from.

That’s why, in this blog, we will answer the question ‘What are concrete barriers called?’

At PPC Concrete Products, we are here to provide solutions for your construction needs, from the person working their own part-time project, to commercial clients, and everyone in-between.

Monthly construction output had risen an estimated by an 1.6% value in June 2023, and we would like to think our accessible concrete products had a small part to play by giving our clients easy access to reliable and easy-to-use construction solutions.

The purpose of a concrete barrier

The purpose of a concrete barrier

The function of a barrier is simply to prevent, or limit, access to a site or area. This could be for security reasons, safety reasons, or a combination of both.

Generally, barriers are used to prevent members of the public from accessing construction areas, or creating a safe path for them to navigate through beside a construction site.

Barriers, specifically concrete barriers, prevent vehicles from entering sites by force. This can prevent large scale damage to the building, and prevent large scale theft of site equipment/ installations.

What else can barriers be made from?

Barriers can also be made from wood, plastic, and metal.

Plastic barriers are the weakest and lightest option. Although they can provide simple barrier functions for any situation, they can easily be moved by people or even weather, if they are not correctly weighted.

Wooden barriers are a less eco-friendly and more of a bespoke option to choose. It is unlikely to see wooden barriers in modern times, but if crafted correctly, a wooden barrier can provide enough weight, and a nominal amount of durability.

Metal barriers are the superior option out of this particular trio, as they provide the best level of durability, and can be flexible in regard to weight. This means you can have a heavy and difficult to move barrier, or a lightweight barrier.

Is a concrete barrier the best option?

Concrete barriers are the best option when it comes to the following factors…

  • Weight
  • Durability
  • Shape (with the best centre of gravity)

Although concrete barriers are usually impossible to move without heavy lifting equipment, this isn’t a problem typically, as you are aware of the heavy lifting equipment that is on your site. Seeing an unfamiliar piece of lifting equipment handling the barriers could be an indication that someone is trying to tamper with your barriers.

PPC concrete barrier uses

Although the purpose of a concrete barrier is quite simple, its level of application of our concrete barriers is wide. Here is where  some concrete barriers can be used.

  • For perimeter protection during events (crowd control), construction and more.
  • For temporary construction works.
  • To protect workers from hazards such as heavy machinery.
  • To ensure the safety of motorways and dual carriageways under work
  • For security barriers at open rail lines.
  • To support a large, temporary structure, such as scaffolding, a stage, or a marquee tent.
  • To block unwanted vehicles from the site in question.
  • For docking next to waterways.
  • For creating parking bays.
  • For securing a vacant area.
  • For preventing fly-tipping.
  • To be used as a base for public seating, public artwork or a public garden feature.
  • For use in a public playground or skate park.

Are concrete barriers good for security?

Are concrete barriers good for security?

Concrete barriers on their own serve as an indication that site access is limited to workers or those with access. However, people may disregard it and climb over. This is where you must do your own due diligence and provide adequate security measures for your location.

Obviously, some of the following options may be more applicable than others depending on the area the barriers are cordoning. With this in mind, here are some additional security options you can employ.

  • Guard dogs.
  • On-site security.
  • Fencing/barbed wire.
  • Security systems including cameras.

What are concrete barriers called?

What are concrete barriers called?

Concrete barriers are generally just known as concrete barriers. However, in some instances, they can be referred to as Jersey barriers, Jersey Curb, K-Rail or a Jersey Wall, this typically differs depending on where you are based.

Regardless, concrete barriers follow the same shape, general design and purpose, with some minor differences depending on the producer. But for the most part, despite the differences, the chief purpose remains the same, which is to barricade.

Where did Jersey barriers come from?

Jersey barriers we are familiar with today are known to have originated from New Jersey in the USA in 1955. It came as a result of trying to find safer ways for treacherous roads. Funnily enough, the original batch of Jersey Barriers were only 18 inches (45.72 cm) tall.

Why does the same barrier have different names?

Differences in names can come as a result of the locality of the users of the barriers. Understandably, places such as the UK who may not know of the Jersey origin may just refer to the barriers as what they perceive them to be, which is simply a concrete barrier.

Dimensions of a concrete barrier

The following dimensions of our concrete barriers are, 900×2000 mm. This equates to 90×200 cm.

These dimensions display that our concrete barriers aren’t tall structures, but more than tall and wide enough to barricade your site from vehicles. As well, serve as an obvious indication that access is not granted beyond the barrier.

We encourage you to get in contact with us if you have any further questions regarding the dimensions of our barrier blocks.

Are there taller barriers available?

As yet there are no taller barriers that we supply, however, we also supply interlocking concrete blocks. Although their purpose isn’t specifically for barricading, it can provide that function, especially if you require a much taller structure.

What is the cost of a concrete barrier?

In regard to PPC, the cost of our barriers will depend entirely on your requirements. The easiest way to find out is by contacting us directly, via phone or email. To obtain a quote with ease, be sure to list out the requirements you have for the project at hand.

Before obtaining a quote, try to make sure…

  • You have the measurements of the perimeter where the concrete barriers will go.
  • You know roughly how many you feel you require.
  • You have an estimate of how long you will need the barriers.
  • You know what the barriers will be securing
  • You are familiar with the landscape in which the barriers will be placed (In case any land abnormalities or uneven surfaces come into play).

Failing to take these measures may result in you paying more than you should, that is, if the barrier provider is less than reputable. It is always best to be prepared to the best of your ability.

Invest in a concrete barrier today

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have answered the question ‘What are concrete barriers called?’ whilst also providing extra information in regard to construction solutions that we offer.

Take a read of our case studies to truly understand how we have provided solutions for business in the past with the use of our interlocking concrete blocks, and ultimately, how we can help you today.

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