The Security Institute and BRE form Special Interest Group for the Built Environment

The Security Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to form a Special Interest Group for the Built Environment with a view to developing stronger security regimes for the future involving all elements of the construction ecosystem – from architects right through to system suppliers. 

The security challenges facing our urban environments have become increasingly complex to predict and mitigate. Crowded places, our infrastructure and the public realm are the targets of – and can be vulnerable to – acts of terrorism as well as serious and organised crime.

In recent years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable increase in the tempo of major security incidents here in the UK. The scale of the task ahead is significant. To protect both existing and developing built environments will require increased collaboration between the public and private sectors. In short, security professionals will have to be more determined to succeed than their adversaries.

The new Special Interest Group is seen as being key to supporting the future development of security in the built environment with its cohort made up of a broad selection of industry experts from across all disciplines, including security professionals, architects, planners, manufactures, installers and suppliers.

Volunteer co-chairmen for the Special Interest Group are Mark Tucknutt MSyI and Gavin Jones MSyI (associate director at the BRE).

“The BRE has a proud history of using science and engineering to raise standards in the built environment,” explained Jones. “By working together more closely with The Security Institute, we aim to be even more impactful in the future. Rightly so, security is high on everyone’s agenda and we want to see more security professionals engaged in development projects and helping organisations to operate safe and secure premises. Ultimately, this collaboration will increase opportunities for professionals and raise the profile of the security industry globally.”

Mark Tucknutt commented: “Security is increasingly recognised as a discipline in the built environment. Through this Special Interest Group, we hope to promote the benefits of thorough and professional consideration of security in the design process. We invite not only security consultants, engineers and managers, but all built environment professionals to participate and help us in designing to reduce the risk of crime and terrorism.”

The official launch of the Special Interest Group took place at the BRE’s ‘Planning Today for a Secure Tomorrow’ event held on Thursday 2 November.

The first Special Interest Group meeting runs in the week commencing Monday 4 December. The exact date and location are still to be confirmed.

“This is an excellent opportunity for members to be part of this new group,” urged Paul Drury, director of The Security Institute. “If you’re interested in joining please e-mail SIG@security-institute.org. I look forward to providing further updates on progress in the near future.”

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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