Bar Farm - Chilled Distribution Centre
A-SAFE's unique barrier system was chosen to protect the critical structures throughout the new facility at Bar Farm, and to ensure the safe segregation of personnel and moving vehicles across such an extensive site.
Formed in 1984, A-SAFE is the inventor of the world’s first fixed polymer safety barrier and is now a leading expert in segregation and protection solutions across the world. A-SAFE’s innovative barrier system is made from a unique, shock-absorbing material called Memaplex. Exclusive to A-SAFE, Memaplex has a built-in memory and inherent strength that allows it to flex, absorb impact forces of up to 80%, and then reform to its original shape following vehicle impacts. This significantly reduces the risk of damage to the barrier, the vehicle or to the floor. Compared to steel, A-SAFE’s polymer barrier is stronger, more hygienic, corrosion free, more environmentally friendly, doesn’t require painting and is much more flexible.
The A-SAFE system was selected for the state-of-the-art distribution centre to provide best-in-class protection for the new facility and the people operating within it. Almost 300 metres of safety barriers were used in a variety of configurations to protect the building’s structure and equipment across their chilled and ambient environments, and to ensure the safe segregation of pedestrians and workplace vehicles both internally and externally.
Discussing the company’s involvement in the project, Neil Clifford, UK Sales Manager for A-SAFE said:
“Our work on the Bar Farm project in Bicker was invaluable as it provided us with another opportunity to continue our strong working relationship with Turners (Soham) Ltd, Browns and FJB Systems. This was another high profile, prestigious project for A-SAFE continuing our legacy of protection solutions, and we were proud being a part of it.”
“At A-SAFE, we are industry leaders providing innovation in all of our products and services. We pride ourselves on our high quality work as well as our excellent customer service which has helped us to develop strong working relationships both locally and internationally.”
A-SAFE design, manufacture and rigorously test all of their products at their headquarters in Halifax, West Yorkshire, before distributing them around the world through a network of 10 global offices and resellers in over 60 countries. A-SAFE safety solutions have a wide range of applications – they can be incorporated into airport projects, warehouses, car parks, manufacturing plants and more – as well as delivering numerous benefits.
A significant benefit to clients is the reduction in maintenance. A-SAFE barriers are non-repaint, non-scratch, non-corrosive and, unlike steel barriers, they flex when they are impacted, the forces are dissipated and the floors do not rip up from the fixings. Reduced maintenance means reduced downtime, which in turn means improved performance. Hygiene seals and an absence of ingress points are revolutionary for sensitive industries such as food and drink, and the barriers offer a significant reduction in carbon footprint compared to traditional steel. A multi-directional capability also allows the barriers to fit better and more economically into any facility, removing the hard angles that can often be the cause of accidents.
In addition, the innovative system can improve a facility’s productivity by organising and streamlining it. If a site is organised, with clearly defined routes, the reduction of dangerous crossing points and the proper protection of structures and equipment, it is set-up to be productive.
A-SAFE’s barrier system can be introduced at the architectural phase or as a retro fit. Incorporation into the planning stages of a project can be especially useful to provide vital protection from the outset and to maximise long-term productivity and safety.
Over the years, clients who have adopted this approach for their new build projects include the BMW Warehouse in 2012, Heathrow Airport in 2013 and the Jaguar Land Rover Manufacturing Facility in 2014. For all of these projects, early implementation of A-SAFE’s unique barriers provided unbeatable protection for their people and property from the beginning as well as long term cost savings.
In 2015, A-SAFE involvement in new build projects continued with the Turners (Soham) Ltd Packhouse Extension scheme as well as Morrison’s Manufacturing facility and work at Gatwick Airport. For Gatwick, A-SAFE had already proven success on previous projects where a switch to A-SAFE’s barrier system had resulted in an annual repair cost in excess of £100k being reduced to just £3k over 5 years.
Moving into 2016, A-SAFE’s portfolio has continued to expand within schemes involving the Spitalfields Fruit Market and the pioneering Bar Farm project, amongst others. For Spitalfields, the A-SAFE system was chosen as the best safety solution for their demanding environment – increasing the safety of pedestrians in a confined area where high forklift truck traffic is in operation.