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The Rundle Mall project

Protecting pedestrians and road users in Adelaide's CBD

Rundle Mall EABs

About the Rundle Mall project

Adelaide City Council needed a physical barrier to protect people in Rundle Mall, a pedestrian-only shopping precinct in Adelaide's CBD. The solution needed to suit the strict criteria and time frame set by Adelaide City Council.

Problems to solve

  • Preventing errant vehicles from endangering pedestrians
  • Allowing authorised access for service vehicles
  • Meeting the strict time frame set by Adelaide City Council

Our solution

Our team delivered and installed Energy Absorbing Bollards (EAB), both fixed and retractable, at both ends of Rundle Mall. We installed 26 EABs, including six retractable EABs, in the initial phase of the project—and we did it within a window of 15 days. In the next three months, we installed another 28 EABs on the side streets surrounding Rundle Mall.

During the installation, we coordinated with a number of subcontractors and utilised a range of safety products to ensure safe conditions for workers and pedestrians. The final result is compliant with all relevant Australian standards and ensures safety for everyone who uses Rundle Mall.

We can meet the challenges of any project.

How we overcame project challenges


There were several challenges in the design phase of the project. The solution needed to be approved by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). At the start of the project, there was no working prototype of a retractable EAB. We developed a working solution within tight time constraints and met all the requirements of Adelaide City Council and the DPTI.

Our retractable EAB design uses a hydraulic system with our existing EABs. The system is managed with software which allows access with a swipe card, PIN code or a remote computer. Emergency services have independent access in accordance with Rundle Mall Management Authority policy. The system also includes batteries which will last for three days in the event of a power outage.

Bollard project design


The installation phase of the project also involved several challenges. We coordinated with several subcontractors in a short time frame, undertook night works and ensured all work was completed to the highest standard.

To install the large footing of the EABs without impacting the underground services in the mall, we utilised core drilling and vac-truck excavation to minimise the size of the pits. We also deployed a number of safety products to ensure site safety and pedestrian safety during the day.

Contracters installing EABs

Product and service details

The products and services we utilised during this project include:

  • Standard TL-0 rated EABs
  • Retractable TL-0 rated EABs
  • 12-volt deep cycle batteries
  • 16/12 Oxford Plastics System trench covers
  • Oxford Plastics System composite modular road plates
  • Traffic management
  • Dial Before You Dig and service location
  • Concrete cutting
  • Vacuum truck
  • Concreting
  • Electronics technicians
  • Fabrication and mechanical engineering

Cement cutting

The final result

The final result of the Rundle Mall project was a safe pedestrian precinct, delivered in a short period of time. Our EABs and installation also met all the requirements of the DPTI and Adelaide City Council, providing a compliant solution.

We are proud to have made Rundle Mall a safer place for pedestrians, traders and motorists. We even received a letter of recognition from the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese.

Wide angle shot of completed bollards project at Rundle Mall

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