A global counter terrorist specialist based in Coventry has expanded its innovative street furniture range with the launch of its first ever in-built crash bench.

The Crash Bench 40 has been designed and manufactured by Safetyflex Barriers to provide protection at inner city public realm projects and large venues.

The unique design is completely surface mounted, requiring no foundations, pinning or fixings, reducing its installation time to just one hour.

A built-in bench helps it double up as seating, whilst it also has capacity for an additional removable bench or table to be fitted.


The product has been crash tested to IWA-14 standards at the Horiba Mira centre of excellence in Nuneaton, with Safetyflex Director Marcus Gerrard expecting it to play a key role in its street furniture range.

He said: “It’s always exciting to launch a new product, but this is one we have been looking forward to bringing to the market for some time after a year in research and development, and we’re sure it will be a fantastic addition to our existing street furniture range.

“More and more of our clients are looking for hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) solutions which go beyond offering protection from vehicle attacks, but also form part of the furniture.

“The Crash Bench 40 does just that, making it perfect for public realm settings. It is a lot more compact, takes up less space, and the design enables rapid deployment and removal which is ideal for pop-up events and suits the ever-changing needs of a modern city or town centre.”

Safetyflex’s street furniture range includes seating, planters and cycle racks – all of which have been crash tested to stop vehicles travelling at varying speeds of up to 50mph.

The family-owned and managed firm is rooted in Coventry but has excelled in the global market since forming out of GME Springs in 2010, becoming a market leader in anti-terrorist HV and securing high-profile sites across the world.

The company has secured 36 patents worldwide for its innovative designs and has won more than 15 awards for its products, establishing itself as a leading supplier to shopping centres, public realm and stadia.