Solar Gates UK chosen as finalist for the coveted ‘Highway Industry Product of the Year’ Awards

November 2020

Solar Gates UK chosen as finalist for the coveted ‘Highway Industry Product of the Year’ Award

We are excited to announce that Solar Gates UK’s has been nominated for ‘Highway Product of the Year’ with our product INSTABOOM, which is a revolutionary new product that dramatically cut’s incursions to your worksite whilst saving you money.

The Highway Industry Product of the Year is awarded to the organisation which has brought a product or service to the market that has initiated a ''change of thought'' approach or technique which has made an impact on the highways industry through sustainability, efficiency, and cost savings. The product must have been developed and made available for use in the highways industry within the last three years.

INSTABOOM provides a physical barrier, that can be used in conjunction with the highways agency’s ‘Raising the Bar’ framework 27, the document highlights the need for a physical barrier to protect workforce at work on highways. It is a ‘game changer’ in highway safety allowing the monotonous and dangerous job of manning a barrier-guard to be done automatically. Reducing the number of operatives having to stand in the line of moving traffic to protect work crews further down the lane by providing a physical remote barrier, stopping unauthorised vehicles entering an active construction area. INSTABOOM also dramatically reduces sites’ PVM budget and re-deploying staff to more productive work.

The barrier required had to be quick to deploy, compact and portable, power free and able cover a range of road widths.

“Introducing INSTABOOM solar barriers across our contracts, has significantly improved safety by removing a person with a static barrier and having INSTABOOM controlled by the machine operators, ensuring peoples’ safety across our sites” explains Mike Omond, Plant Specialist, Balfour Beatty.

“We have over 70 INSTABOOM barriers on the M4 contract alone, over the next 2 years, the barriers will give us savings in the region of £2m from our manned guarding budget. The success of INSTABOOM on the M4 has seen us roll them out on multiple highways projects across the UK. We are proudly managing safety by introducing innovation and products that make a difference now and drive our Balfour Beatty Zero Harm policy.” Concludes Omond.

The winner will be announced on 28th January 2021, so finger crossed!