Bollards are used widely around the world for a variety of applications. William Sugg and Co. Ltd offer several different heritage bollards which can be applied to a range of settings covering many uses. We discuss what bollards are and how to use them in streets and parks.

Identifying bollards for streets

A bollard is described as a short post used to create a protective or decorative perimeter around a particular area. One of the main uses of bollards is to become a visual guide to help guide traffic and mark different boundaries. These bollards are usually made to withstand any major accidents with vehicles and help to protect the general public and buildings. For bollards to be strong enough to block vehicles they are usually made from strong materials such as metal, stone or cement. Other ways bollards are used are for architectural or decorational features in a street or park to help accentuate an outdoor space. These bollards can be made from any material including plastic, depending on their use. Bollards have been in use for over 200 years, with the first made from old cannons on quaysides to help moor ships along before they were used in later years for protecting pedestrians and buildings from vehicles.

Heritage street bollard
Heritage street bollard

Street Bollards

Nearly any town or city you go to, you will come across bollards placed in streets. They can be found in car parks, store entrances, pavements and more for the purpose of providing safety to everyone. Street bollards are a particularly important feature for drivers as they help to alert drivers to any danger that may be on the road. These include hazards such as narrow roads, high curbs or any potential for a collision. They also are placed in streets to act as a barrier between the road and pedestrian-only areas. They also benefit pedestrians by helping to guide those walking down a street safely and also highlight walkways and cycle lanes. Street bollards are also used to prevent trespassers on private property. Bollards can be placed around the private land to outline it is an exclusive area. These street bollards do not have to look boring. Many use street bollards as an additional decorative feature to the street, as well as providing safety to the general public.

Bollards for parks

As well as using bollards in streets, many towns and cities use bollards in public parks. The main uses for bollards in parks is to enliven the expanse of the space and to encourage engagement. Public parks are places for the general public to enjoy, meaning many bollards placed in parks are there for aesthetic purposes. With many parks dominated by children, it is important that the outdoor furniture is fun and will engage the passer by and bollards can be a great contributor to this. Bollards are also used in parks instead of fencing. Using bollards instead of fencing around a public park is a non-intrusive way to outline the park’s boundaries. Using a simple bollard design can contribute to the park looking aesthetically pleasing and inviting to passers by.

Our heritage bollards for streets and parks

At William Sugg and Co Ltd. we offer a range of heritage bollards to add a touch of tradition to both streets and public parks. Made from materials including cast iron, zinc coated steel and aluminium, our heritage bollards are available in any RAL finish.

We have several different bollard designs to choose from including, but not limited to the following:

Illuminated Bollards
Marseille Bollard
Roim Bollard
Place du Midi Bollard
Place du Marche Bollard

Get in touch with our team to discuss your options!