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RIBA provides new guidance on designing for counter-terrorism

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have launched practical new guidance for architects and planners on designing for counter-terrorism, ensuring they are better equipped to think about designing in security features from the outset.

Published as part of the RIBA’s ongoing work with the Home Office and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) on protecting public spaces, the guidance aims to raise awareness of the importance of design in achieving this objective, by setting out the most common considerations when designing for counter-terrorism in the built environment. It features real-life case studies of UK buildings, which show the different ways built environment professionals are responding to the challenge of creating secure spaces that are open and welcoming to the public.

The guidance considers different ways of reducing vulnerability to the terrorist threat, and containing damage. The following issues are addressed:

• Mitigating terrorism through the introduction of physical, technical and procedural protective measures, such as barriers, bollards, landscaping and surveillance
• Damage limitation through materials used, such as blast and ballistic resistant glass, and the use of glazed facades to limit intrusion
• Considering aspects concerning general security, such as vehicular access, landscaping, fire evacuation procedure and adaptation of the original building design

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