In the current political climate across the world, the threat of terrorism is real and on-going. SGW’s security design team provides competent unbiased counter terrorism design services, security advice and planning for the built environment.
The initial component of SGW’s Counter Terrorism Design service is to present a robust and clear set of design based threats to the client and their project design team. SGW will then present possible risk avoidance, risk reduction, risk transfer and risk acceptance alternatives to all key stakeholders, to ensure a clear and informed decision can be taken, which is, in our experience, often a balance between the risk appetite of the client and the affordability after a Cost versus Benefit analysis has been completed.
The Concept Master Planning stage for any new project is the most vital stage for the engagement of a Security Consultant and Counter Terrorism Design Engineer. At this stage of the project, the consulting team have the greatest opportunity to advise on the appropriateness of site selection and risks from adjacent plots, together with an ability to influence infrastructure planning, site topography, placement of critical assets, access and circulation, building orientation and shape, together with the amount of safe stand-off distance between Vehicle & Pedestrian Access Control Points and Crowded Space Areas.
Counter terrorism is not just for government departments and the police. It is also for the architect and the built environment professionals who want to ensure that they design and build the best possible solutions into the fabric of any new building to protect against hostile terrorist acts.
Counter Terrorism Design Services from SGW, incorporates one or more of the following project stage services: –
SGW’s specialist team offer advice and methodology to reduce physical damage to structural and non-structural components of buildings and related infrastructure, with the aim to reduce resultant casualties during conventional bomb attacks.
Utilising SGW’s experience in counter terrorism we can provide your business with advice on best practice design for blast resistance and mitigation and target hardening methods to reduce the risk of damage from bomb blasts. Our Blast Engineering Team works with architects to reduce these problem areas at the early concept design stage to assist building designers introduce appropriate mitigation countermeasures. This often includes the creation of a 3D model of the new building or site, to determine the impacts to building fabrics, facades and glazing systems from explosion effects.