Birmingham is a large bustling City home to one of the liveliest gay villages in the United Kingdom.  Centred on buzzing Hurst Street, the Gay Village is a vibrant district of al fresco coffee shops, late-night pubs and raucous bars.  This area as with many in the UK has been hit hard by the Covid lockdown and the council felt that they needed to bring people back to the struggling bars and restaurants safely by maintaining social distance and making the most of the governments pavement licence schemes.  The council wanted to keep the roads open to normal traffic Monday to Friday and pedestrianise at the weekend to allow the bars and restaurants to use the carriageway for outside dining space.

With less than 24 hrs notice from confirmed order to installation Crowdguard deployed 65 metres and 18 Tons of specialist ATG Surface Guard in 5 locations in Birmingham City Council to support their weekend dining.  Using specialist vehicle access extension plates the roads can open to normal traffic Monday to Friday.  For the weekend, the vehicle access is closed to allow for restaurants and cafes to use the carriageway for pedestrianisation and outside dining scheme offering a protected area permeable to pedestrians whilst preventing unauthorised vehicles.

 The temporary pedestrianisation of Hurst Street in Birmingham to allow for outside eating and drinking has been hailed a success after its first weekend of operation saw an estimated increase in trading of up to 50% for participating venues

Crowdguard provided the Council with a number of temporary barriers to facilitate a series of weekend road closures in the centre of Birmingham to help support hospitality businesses deal with the impact of Covid-19. The barriers enabled the roads to be closed every weekend from Saturday lunchtime to Sunday evening, so that bars and restaurants could use the roads and pavements for additional dining space. During the week the barriers could be lowered so the roads could operate as normal. Deborah and the team were able to mobilise and install the barriers at very short notice and provided excellent customer service throughout the scheme.

Birmingham City centre hailed its pedestrianisation scheme a huge success by the local businesses and community