Architects urged to incorporate anti-terror measures into designs

Bollards can help increase the security of a building

Bollards can help increase the security of a building

Architects have been issued with guidance for the first time about incorporating anti-terrorism measures into their designs.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has issued the advice in an attempt to improve the way architects and planners think about security from the outset.

Advice on mitigating terrorism includes introducing barriers, bollards, landscaping and surveillance and using blast and ballistic resistant glass to limit vulnerability.

The guide outlines the key agencies, the nature of the threat and possible design solutions for counter-terrorism measures.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said: 'It brings together guidance from many public bodies providing an invaluable resource that will inform briefing, design and delivery on many building types.

'Architects and other designers are now being required to take into consideration counter-terrorism measures when designing public access buildings and public open spaces.

'This extends the requirement from high risk targets to the wider environment and with it the need to deliver good design that creates a sense of security without a siege mentality.

'It is important that our built environment continues to reflect that we are an open and inclusive society and that in interpreting these new requirements our buildings do not convey that we are driven by security measures.'

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