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.”