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What are the correct spacing's?

There are no set recommendations to determine the correct placement, spacing and alignment of bollards.

Applying the correct spacing varies from project to project, although the industry has created guidelines for the optimal spacing and placement of bollards to effectively secure vehicles and property, regulate vehicular access and maintain safe pedestrian demarcation.

Applying these guidelines can help increase the effectiveness of bollards and will ensure the level of security and safety you are looking for is not compromised.

Every application is different, we advise that you follow our guidelines, consider the drive through gap that applies to your project and just apply basic common sense to decide what opening/spacing is most suitable.

Freedom of movement for pedestrians will also need to play a part in how you plan your project.

If you are in any doubt and need some advice for your project, please feel free to give us a call on 01375 - 842223 and we will be happy to discuss your options.


For the most effective protection, manual or automatic rising bollards are normally positioned across the entrance to your driveway and should be set to allow an opening of 1.2 - 1.5 mtrs between each bollard.

The spacing’s you go with would also depend on the size and type of vehicles you are looking to secure.

Alternatively a single bollard could be positioned directly in front or behind your vehicle to restrict any movement towards the entrance to increase the driveway security.


For protection to roller shutters, forecourts, doorways, shop fronts and buildings etc, bollards should be positioned at the point of entry adjacent to the doorway and building with spacing’s of 1.2 - 1.3 meters between each bollard. Any more than this could compromise the level of strength and security ram raid bollards provide.

For insurance purposes you may be required to allow a minimal opening of 1.2 meters between each bollard.


When securing a perimeter to a forecourt, car park or field, apply the spacing’s of 1.2 - 1.3 meters between each bollard. This type of application is to restrict vehicular access onto or out of the site, so consideration will need to be given to prevent the smallest of vehicles from doing so.

For insurance purposes you may be required to allow a minimal opening of 1.2 meters between each bollard.


Pedestrian safety and vehicle demarcation bollards should be set to allow drive through opening’s of no more than 1.2 meters between each bollard.


The positioning of a parking post correctly is often overlooked. Other users of the car park will need to manoeuvre in and out of their own space and can easily drive into the post if it placed at the front edge.

To minimise any risk of damage to your post, we advise that when fitting a parking post onto your own private parking bay, the post is fitted at least 3 feet away from the front edge and in the centre of your bay.

In this way you are giving other users of the car park as much as space as possible to manoeuvre.