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OktaBlock – Mobile Vehicle Blocker from Hörmann UK


The Hörmann OktaBlock is an award winning,  innovative, bollard based mobile vehicle blocker which has been designed and developed to provide hostile vehicle mitigation for open-air events and publicly accessible locations.
Hörmann developed OktaBlock in response to vehicle related terrorist attacks across Europe as they recognised the increased challenges faced by local authorities regarding the security of public spaces and open-air events. The UK Government’s forthcoming Protect Duty Bill, announced in the Queens Speech, will place a new duty on those responsible for publicly accessible places to protect the public from risks such as terror attacks. The introduction of the Bill further highlights the need for flexible and cost-effective security solutions to meet the additional challenges that local authorities, event organisers and venue owners will face.
Designed to replace temporary concrete barriers, OktaBlock offers the highest standards in safety and flexibility, whilst being easy to deploy without the costs normally associated with fixed security bollards or blockers. Certified as a single module, OktaBlock has been designed to be unobtrusive, making it ideal for specification in public spaces, whilst its exterior can be customised to feature bespoke information. Offering a truly flexible solution to meet specific venue requirements, OktaBlock can be arranged individually, in rows or offset, and is ideal for areas where fastening into the subsurface are not possible. Due to its’ axisymmetric geometry, OktaBlock has no predefined impact side meaning that it can stop a vehicle from any direction making it ideal for a variety of locations including narrow streets, cycle paths and large pedestrian areas.
Impressively a single OktaBlock can stop a 7.5 tonne truck travelling at speeds of fifty kilometers per hour and is certified according to international crash standards PAS68 / IWA 14-1. OktaBlock also holds a CPNI Vehicle Attack Delay Standard (VADs) rating when used in specific configurations.
Easily moved using a forklift truck or with the newly available OktaMover manual handling device, OktaBlock is simple to position and manoeuvre whilst providing access for rescue vehicles as and when required. Its’ tamper-proof and non-flammable construction also mean there is no need for physical guarding before, during and after the event.
In a recent installation Hörmann worked with Edinburgh City Council on the deployment of OktaBlock at the Edinburgh Fringe. Marking its’ 75th anniversary the festival is billed as the greatest single celebration of arts and culture on the planet attracting thousands of visitors into the City Centre.
Installed at two busy festival venues, OktaBlock helped to keep visitors and performers safe, whilst offering the highest standards in safety and flexibility for pedestrian access, with the VADs rating being a key element in the decision made by the City Council to specify its’ use at the Fringe.
Claire Miller of Edinburgh City Council comments on the deployment, “The City of Edinburgh Council were delighted to work with Hörmann for the trial installation of a number of hostile vehicle mitigation measures at this year’s summer festivals. It is with thanks to Hörmann and our key partners that we were able to bring new equipment to the city and keep our citizens, visitors, and residents safe at one of the busiest areas of Edinburgh during the festivals.”
Issued by on behalf Parkgate Communications on behalf of Hörmann UK. For further information contact Sheila Normington on 07990 636398 or email



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