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Street Furniture Calling Notice

Last Updated 25 February 2023


Are you a vehicle security barrier or street furniture manufacturer/designer? NPSA wants to work with you. Our world leading Hostile Vehicle Mitigation programme is seeking further collaboration with industry and local authorities to develop vehicle impact resistance street furniture.   

A large range of high performance vehicle security barriers (VSBs) are available for private sites/events concerned about vehicle attack. However, local and highway authority, architects and landscape architects are looking for a greater suite of blended and dual use barriers that integrate into the urban landscape and public realm more sympathetically.   

view down onto street

Therefore affordable functional street furniture products that provide a level of vehicle impact resistance within the streetscape can help save lives. 

If you are interested in taking part, please continue reading the design and performance requirements.

Design requirements

Designs from industry should meet as many of the stakeholder requirements as possible (see table below) to be considered.  NPSA funding towards the costs of testing will be available to those who meet the requirements.

Feature Requirement

Popular street furniture designs (not in order of preference) 




Permanent and removable designs considered


Bus Shelters

Wayfinding totems and similar information signage

Cycle Hire Docking Stations (static and removable)

Seating / benches (small granite / concrete clad blocks / natural stone)


Bins (litter, recycling, both)

Planters (varying sizes)

Posts (integrated for signage / Wifi / CCTV / street lighting)

Traffic signal posts and sign posts

Cabinets (e.g. for traffic signal infrastructure)

Manual Gates (potential for removal/ decorative for heritage locations)            

Size / dimensions

Does not adversely reduce pedestrian space

Not bulky and occupies a small footprint

Could combine with existing street furniture already present to reduce clutter

Adjustable height of product, depending on visibility need: high footfall areas, visually impaired

Engineering constraints

Structural components to provide a level of vehicle impact resistance

Foundation depths to be as shallow as possible to maximise product versatility

Socketed items: installed / removed for events (semi-permanent / temporary installations)

Small footprint foundation/socket (allows for single product installs as well as arrays)

Compliant with conservation policies

None to minimal maintenance

Consistent structural elements that can be clad/shrouded in many styles for different end users

Visual / heritage

Adaptability for finish, cladding, colouring, materials so it can be used in different areas

Potential for colour contrast / visual banding to assist visually impaired

CPOS requirements

Section 17 Crime and Disorder Assessment

Crime Reduction & Operational Security, CPOS Directorate

Should not be easy to conceal objects within it

Other relevant crime prevention standards where appropriate e.g. Public Cycle Parking


Access for servicing vehicles and staff to do inspections, cleaning, repairs etc.

The structure essential for the vehicle impact resistance has to be preserved: no damage through tampering, weathering etc.

Additional features

Host technology reporting on damage to product

Products must be affordable to enable local authorities to consider them as a pragmatic alternative to conventional VSBs. Products can be adapted to existing designs (either normal street furniture or VSBs) or completely new.

Vehicle impact resistance requirements

From a security perspective, the product must be designed to:

  • Damage the impacting vehicle so it is not easy to drive; and/or
  • Prevent the vehicle progressing beyond it; and/or
  • Sufficiently delay the vehicles progress.

The anticipated suitability and performance of submitted product designs will be assessed against the above requirements, resulting in the most promising being taken forward to full-scale vehicle impact testing.

The level of testing will be decided by NPSA and is dependent on its anticipated vehicle impact resistance. It is envisaged that the top level of performance will be an ISO IWA 14-1 test: a single, head-on impact with a lorry or 4x4 pickup at 30 mph. Medium performance may be testing head-on / at shallow angle at 30 mph using a smaller attack vehicle. Products deemed to have a lower-end capability may be tested to NPSA's Vehicle Attack Delay Standard.

view down onto a street

To respond to this calling notice, please submit a concise response, including schematic designs / technical drawings and illustrative sketches. It must demonstrate how the proposal will meet the following key criteria (please submit in the same table format):


Feature Example response

Street furniture design  

Bike stand     

Size / dimensions

H700 x L200 x W800 mm                         Repeatable structure 

Engineering constraints

Foundation depth 200 mm                     Pinned into ground                         Repeatable core structures

Visual / heritage

Can be clad                                              Contrasting colour/band

CPOS requirements

Adheres to documentation                     Section 17 and CR & OS


Proven design                                           Galvanised steel

Additional features


Additionally, if your company is experienced enough: the anticipated vehicle impact resistance (IWA 14-1, NPSA Vehicle Attack Delay Standard (VADS)).

Product designs must be submitted by email (subject line: NPSA Street Furniture Submission - Your Company Name and Product Name) to [email protected]. Submissions will be assessed by NPSA and our chosen engineering consultants.

Funding (for test costs only, not product development) will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

This innovation programme is running until at least March 2023 and successful products will be listed on our website.

anticipated vehicle impact resistance

We look forward to receiving your submissions,

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Team

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