Visitors to the Commonwealth Games were protected from the threat of vehicle-borne attacks thanks to months of meticulous planning and the largest ever deployment of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers in the UK.
Some 18 months prior to the major event, held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, the National Vehicle Threat Mitigation Unit (NVTMU) started its preparations to help protect everyone attending the games.
Vehicle restraint system
This involved providing advice to local and regional authorities, transport partners, police, and the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games on preventing vehicle as a weapon attacks. As the appointed supplier of the Government’s National Barrier Asset (NBA), the process was supported by Hardstaff Barriers. Its team of specialists delivered the barriers to 18 sites, which included athletes’ villages, transport malls, and sporting venues.
In order to keep the many sites across the West Midlands as safe as possi…