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RIBA issues counter-terrorism guidance

The RIBA has issued architects with guidance on how to incorporate anti-terrorism measures into building designs

The institute said practices should think about security at the earliest possible opportunity, and advised the use of surveillance techniques, barriers, bollards and extra-strong glass to counter the various threats.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said the guide (attached right) also outlined potential dangers, design solutions, the key agencies to contact in the event of a problem and how the guidance sits within the RIBA work stages .

‘It brings together guidance from many public bodies providing an invaluable resource that will inform briefing, design and delivery on many building types,’ she said.

‘Architects and other designers are now being required to take into consideration counter-terrorism measures when designing public access buildings and public open spaces.

‘It is important that our built environment continues to reflect that we are an open and inclusive society and that in interpreting these new requirements our buildings do not convey that we are driven by security measures.’

How the guidance sits within the RIBA work stages

A – Appraisal
Threat and risk assessment completed in consultation with
appropriate agencies and stakeholders (CPNI, CTSA, ALO).
Threat sizes for hostile vehicles and other security risks agreed.
B – Design brief
Assessment coordinated with architects and structural
engineers. Security masterplan completed and Document
Control protocols agreed.
C – Concept
Security concept agreed (physical, technical, procedural).
Assess architect’s and engineer’s design proposals to agreed
threat risks.
D – Design development
Physical and technical security performance specifications
developed. Drawings and budgetary figures.
E – Technical design
Fully coordinated design completed. Revised budgetary figures.
F – Production information
Design revisions, statutory approvals, counter-terrorism Design
and Access Statement. Construction information.
G – Tender production
Produce tender fit documentation.
H – Tender action
Trade contractor list produced. Evaluation and recommend
contract award.
J – Mobilisation
K - Construction to completion

Design consultancy, snagging, witnessing
and commissioning.
L - Post practical completion
Design liability periods enforced as built drawings to agreed
Document Control protocols. Rolling performance standards
for systems.


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