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Keeping contemporary communities safer with Tertu


The old fashioned notion of housing developments consisting of row after row of identical homes, each tucked away behind a neat lawn and a large hedge is definitely a thing of the past.

These days, housebuilders are conscious that a home is not just a place to live, it’s a place to enjoy a lifestyle. And a big part of that lifestyle is shared green spaces where residents of all ages can enjoy being part of a community, literally on their doorstep.


The pandemic has only escalated the trend for homebuyers to look for properties where there are communal spaces for interacting with neighbours, walking the dog, cycling, exercising and allowing their children to play outside safely. But, unlike the days when our grandparents fuelled their children up on a hearty breakfast and let them roam until supper, these days the number of vehicles on the roads means that safety is a critical factor in keeping people safe while benefitting from the green spaces that make so many housing developments so attractive.


A road safety audit will usually be required as part of a Section 278 or Section 38 agreement with the local highway authority as part of the housing development process. This should incorporate an assessment of any locations where pedestrians may be vulnerable to vehicle incursions onto green spaces or footpaths. These locations could include green spaces, footpaths or cycleways next to a busy road, close to roundabouts and blind corners, or adjacent to roads likely to be used by heavy vehicles, such as on housing developments on a main route to a distribution hub, for example.


In these scenarios, there not only needs to be clear segregation between the road and the green space, there also needs to be an effective vehicle restraint system that can prevent vehicles from leaving the road, while protecting both drivers and pedestrians from harm.


While safety is vital, aesthetics are important too. Often the locations in question are those that have been carefully landscaped by the developer to create an appealing environment and community spaces. They may also be in a semi-rural location, so a solution is needed that complements the environment and enhances the appearance of paths, play areas and greens.


Enter the Tertu TimberRail system; an attractive timber vehicle restraint system with a robust steel structure that delivers on both safety and aesthetics. Constructed using Douglas Fir, which ages naturally over time and delivers a rustic, tactile finish, the Tertu TimberRail is designed to bring vehicles to a safe stop if they veer off the road, protecting both pedestrians and drivers.


Versatile and durable, with a 10-year warranty and an anticipated service life of at least 15 years, Tertu TimberRail is a safety barrier that looks like part of the landscaping. The vehicle restraint system can even be specified with a handrail, which is ideal for adding a practical safety touch when protecting pathways. With the steel structure completely encased in natural, renewable timber, TertuTimberRail complements developments’ environmental aims, while blending in with natural surroundings and providing an attractive addition to any housebuilding development.

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