What can I use as a concrete barrier?

What Is the Purpose of a Concrete Barrier?

Concrete barriers hold benefits for those who are working on sites. Though the purpose of it is within the name, you would be surprised on how much it can actually help.

In this blog, we will be answering the question, ‘What is the purpose of a concrete barrier?’

As an established and trusted concrete provider, PPC Concrete Products aim to provide solutions for people in the construction industry. Alongside interlocking concrete blocks, we also provide Jersey Barriers.

For any building project, knowing the options you can select when it comes to barriers and other concrete solutions can be extremely helpful when it comes to protecting access to your project, building it, and possibly saving you money.

PPC Concrete Products is here to provide the answers you may be looking for whilst giving you an insight into the quality concrete options we supply.

The demand for construction is only increasing, on a private and industrial level. Whichever side you fall into, a Jersey Barrier Block may be an option to keep your site secure. Let us tell you more about them.

Jersey barrier blocks explained

How much are concrete barriers?

A Jersey Barrier (also known as a barrier block) is a concrete block in the shape of a rectangle with its bottom end becoming much wider in order to aid its stability. One of the Jersey Barriers’ purposes is to create a barrier, the concrete ensures it can not be easily moved or knocked over.

Our heavy-duty Jersey Barriers blocks easily lock in to place next to one another making the creation of barriers simple. Whether it’s a barrier for a construction site or edge protection, Jersey barrier blocks are the solution.

Jersey Barriers hold many benefits, here are a few:

Jersey Barrier Blocks are cost-effective

The cost of manufacturing Jersey Barriers is very cost-effective and due to their interlocking system, our barriers can be easily picked up and used elsewhere saving money through repurposing.

Jersey Barrier Blocks provide security

Our Jersey Barriers are heavy-duty interlocking blocks that provide the ultimate anti-vehicle perimeter protection. They can also be used for site security, edge protection and temporary works.

They are easy to install

Due to the simple interlocking system, our Jersey Barriers easily lock in to place next to one another making the creation of barriers a breeze.

They are longer-lasting and more durable

All our concrete Jersey Barriers are made on-site using our own moulds. The concrete material we make them from is naturally durable & can last for a very long time. But they are not indestructible.

*Before investing in a Jersey Barrier it is always best to consult an expert whenever considering an investment to create a structure of any sort. That is why we at PPC Concrete Products are proud to be a trusted supplier of interlocking blocks. Get in contact with us to get a quote as soon as possible.

What are the dimensions of a Jersey Barrier?

The following dimensions of our Jersey Barriers are 900×2000 mm. This equates to 90×200 cm.

These dimensions display that Jersey barriers aren’t tall structures, but more than tall and wide enough to barricade your site from vehicles, as well as let members of the public know that they should not be going beyond those barriers.

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

What is the purpose of a concrete barrier?

How much does a concrete barrier weigh?

Concrete barriers primarily have the purpose to protect the area it is surrounding, the structure itself can prevent vehicle entry and exit, whilst also protecting the site if there are any accidents nearby. As the resilient nature of the concrete will mean it will sustain limited damage under high impact.

Concrete barrier benefits

Although the purpose of a concrete barrier is quite simple, its level of application is wide. Here are the benefits of a concrete barrier:

  • For traffic control.
  • For perimeter protection.
  • For temporary construction works.
  • To protect workers from hazards such as heavy machinery.
  • For preventing flood damage.
  • To ensure the safety of motorways and dual carriageways.
  • For edge protection.
  • To provide security at high-risk security situations (e.g. in response to a bomb threat or a terrorist attack).
  • For crowd control (e.g. security barriers at music festivals.)
  • For security barriers at open rail lines.
  • To help provide security at temporary public functions (e.g. street parties, Christmas markets).
  • To support a large, temporary structure, such as scaffolding, a stage, or a marquee tent.
  • For preventing access for trespassers, intruders, thieves and squatters onto land/a building.
  • To ensure the safety of pedestrians and road users during construction work.
  • To keep pedestrians at a safe distance from landslides, deep water or debris.
  • To keep passers-by away from dangerous land or a dangerous building.
  • To contain large vehicles (e.g. HGV vehicles, caravans or buses).
  • To block unwanted vehicles (e.g. blocking vehicles from getting into a secure location, such as an airport).
  • For docking next to waterways.
  • For creating parking bays.
  • For helping to restrict views (e.g. if a view is distracting for drivers).
  • For earth retention.
  • 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.

Can interlocking concrete blocks be used for barriers?

What are interlocking concrete blocks used for?

Yes, you can use our interlocking concrete blocks as a barrier if needs be.

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a unique form of pre-cast concrete blocks that are designed to hold together by using pre-measured studs and recesses.​ These concrete blocks are built with unique profiles and features, which allow them to fit perfectly into each other.

If you are not sure which interlocking block is suitable for creating your concrete barrier, then get in touch with us today. Our expert team can advise you on your query and answer any questions you may have.

What are the advantages of interlocking concrete blocks?

  • Longer lasting and more durable than a Gabion basket
  • Quicker and less hassle to install
  • No need for mortar, saving you money and time
  • No need for steel reinforcement or shuttering
  • Resistant to extreme weather conditions
  • Fire-resistant properties, mitigating the spread of fire depending on structure
  • Little maintenance required
  • Often, no foundation is needed before installing
  • Sound resistant
  • Sustainable
  • Ability to stack them upon each other
  • Flexibility in sizes
  • Appropriate for temporary and/or permanent buildings
  • Unlikely to be displaced due to the interlocking function
  • Can be moved with standard lifting equipment

What are interlocking concrete blocks used for?

PPC Concrete Products supply interlocking concrete blocks, we can share with you what they are used for.

  • Material Storage bays
  • Blast walls
  • Salt stores
  • Crash protection
  • Push walls
  • Security barriers
  • Segregation bays i.e recycling centres
  • Retaining walls
  • Industrial buildings
  • Fire breaks
  • Counterweights
  • Roadblocks

Purchase Concrete barriers 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 take a look at our FAQ.

In this article, we hope to have answered the question ‘What are Jersey Barriers used for?’ Whilst also providing extra information in regard to construction and the benefits of Jersey Barriers.

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.

Read our blog page for more insights into our passion, construction.


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