Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Client: Wollongong University
Specifiers: Northrop Engineers
Installed by: Ingal Civils
Type of works: supply of safety barriers for the staff and student car park.

Berry Systems supplied safety barriers for the 11-level, 560-space car park at Wollongong University as part of a wider refurbishment programme. This included perimeter barriers with anti-climb extensions, mesh infill and split level barriers. As the parking is paid for, it was essential the installation was carried out quickly and with minimum disruption. 1,500m of Ingal Civils' own barrier rail and anti-climb mesh and handrail was mounted onto Berry RB1 and RB1X Spring Steel Buffers.

When refurbishing the staff and student car park at Wollongong University in New South Wales, Northrop Engineers turned to Ingal Civils to help them arrive at the optimum specification for the safety barriers. Fortunately for the University, Ingal Civils had recently agreed a distributor arrangement with Berry Systems for its Spring Steel Buffers and Berry was happy to assist their new partner with all the technical back up they needed.

The standards for car park safety barriers in Australia bear many similarities to British Standards and have recently been updated to include more details on required performance. Different impact speeds are assumed compared to the UK and the impact height is deemed to be higher in the Australian standard. However, the basic efficiency of Spring Steel Buffers in absorbing impact forces means that they comfortably comply with the Australian standards. The design flexibility also means that the different rail height requirement can be accommodated within existing model variants.

The final installation represented a true partnership with Ingal Civils’ own barrier rail being mounted on Berry Spring Steel Buffers which also supported Ingal Civils’ cranked anti-climb extension with mesh to make a complete Anglo-Australian solution.

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