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PM calls on architects to design out terror

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to announce a raft of measures on how to give better protection against terror attacks on rail stations, airports, shopping centres and sports stadia.

Central to the plans – drawn up by security minister Lord West – will be the role of architects in designing out the terror oppurtunities currently presented by the large number of people that mass at certain venues and buildings.

Lord West told the BBC's Today programme that he started his brief 'on the premise that what we mustn't do is the terrorists' job for them' and said his team had looked at how to protect existing buildings, by redesigning road layouts, putting in barriers and using specific types of glass.

He said: 'There is no doubt there are very real threats, that the design in the past of certain buildings and certain places does not make it easy to counter a terrorist attack on them.

'If a bomb goes off, we have actually built into them the shrapnel that will kill and injure people and we can actually do things to make this better.

'We very clearly, from now on, must always make sure we design in counter terrorism measures as we do counter crime measures.'

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