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Diplomatic, Government

Understanding the threat

Governments’ property portfolios are vital & valuable assets that ensure governments can carry out their duties both domestically and internationally. These assets are all possible targets for acts of terrorism and other forms of violence.

What we can do for you

Government buildings are one of the most common targets for terrorist attack as the targets fit many of the criteria seen by terrorist organisations as key (eg. iconic buildings, critical infrastructure, significant casualty, disruptive etc.). This is especially true of diplomatic missions overseas where the structures are often the only link between the host and parent countries.

Protection of assets and personnel overseas is often seen as more important than within the originating country as there is little control over or guarantee from the remote security forces and the diplomatic post is effectively an isolated island in an overseas territory.

Many of the diplomatic sites are relatively small and cannot afford substantial standoff so much of the protection lies either in the access point control or (as is becoming more common) in area protection by the creation of diplomatic compounds and the control of access to the vicinity as well as the individual site.

Our involvement in the protection of diplomatic and government sites is significant with hundreds of government installations completed around the world.

Avon Barrier understand the special considerations needed to provide protection to these vulnerable sites and are best placed to provide guidance.

Identifying the threat

Most diplomatic sites have a hard perimeter already in place with the main risk areas being the points of access.

While the access points should be kept to a minimum in both number and road-width, consideration to the consequences of an attack on a point of entry should be carefully assessed.

Examples of threats:

  • Hostile vehicle attack (with Improvised Explosive Device)
  • Mass attack gunmen
  • Small explosive device (suicide bomber or satchel bomb)

Priorities for protection would include:

  • Attacks on high profile staff
  • People
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Operational processes
  • Information


While many diplomatic missions are at severe risk of hostile vehicle attack, some of the individuals within or operating from the missions are also individually at risk and measures put in place for protection must encompass as many areas of exposure as possible.

Sally port entry points provide dual levels of entry control enabling the checking and approvals of vehicles and personnel entering the site while maintaining the security line. These are common layout designs for diplomatic missions however they can slow down vehicle throughput with potentially high risk results.

Consideration of the operational and throughput design of the system would be paramount to ensuring a workable and safe solution to access point control and equipment design specifications would form a significant part of this consideration.

Our consultative approach to business enables us to provide advice on what can be done and we can help consider not only the layout design and costs but also the operational and logistical impact of the introduction of protection measures (a key element in ensuring the correct solution).

We are committed to continuing to provide a specialist solution to these risks.


Our products include road blockers, sliding gates, bollards, rising arm barriers & turnstiles with a variety of security levels from controlling access to parking spaces to protecting critical infrastructure from a vehicle borne terrorist attack.


Our design and development team are specialists in vehicle security barriers (VSBs). They have developed our range of PAS 68, IWA 14-1 & ASTM 2656 impact rated hostile vehicle mitigation solutions.

Certification & Testing

IWA 14-1, PAS 68 & ASTM 2656 are the industry testing standards that set out the criteria for physically impact testing our Vehicle Security Barriers and provide our clients with the assurance that they will provide the highest levels of physical protection against a potentially hostile vehicular attack.

Project Management

Dependent on client requirements we can design unique solutions for our customers, to meet their specific needs. Our business model enables us to focus on our three core service offerings: concept, delivery & support.


Our installation teams are available to provide a comprehensive service to install, connect , test and commission your vehicle control system. If you would prefer to carry out the civil foundation work yourselves then we can oversee and advise contractors to ensure that the ground works are completed to specification.


Our international customer support team provide a range of preventative maintenance packages to suit the specific requirements of our customers. Regular maintenance helps ensure smooth system operation and equipment longevity.

Our approach

We provide a high level of technical support expertise for our international clients both pre-sales and after sales.

Pre sales consultancy services will assist with successful project delivery including, design, specification compliance, risk assessment & project management. Our international after-sales support team provide a range of services including installation, commissioning and operation of our vehicle access control systems.

With telephone based support, on-site technical assistance and a range of aftersales preventative maintenance packages that are tailored to suit your requirement. Bespoke training days are also available to our clients for more information, please contact us.

Our Expertise

We have considerable experience in providing high security vehicle control solutions for diplomatic missions, embassies and government infrastructure sector and have installed hundreds of systems throughout the world. We can assist you in the design and specification of your physical security at any stage including from concept or upgrading your current facility's security. Please contact us for assistance.

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Protecting our military establishments and border control from hostile vehicle attack.

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Ensuring the security of the movement of people and goods across the globe is vital to the infrastructures of world economies.

Financial Institutes, Data Centres

Banks, Financial Institutes and Data Centres are the backbones of world economies and if disrupted or compromised can have devastating effects, leading to instability and vulnerability of governments and institutions.

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