7 November 2017
Building security, cyber-attacks and public safety have been put under the spotlight at a special ISG seminar, held in conjunction with the engineering consultancy firm, Cundall.
ISG spoke about the latest security systems in fit out projects alongside guest speakers who discussed cyber-attacks and safety during a time of heightened security around the world.
ISG’s divisional technical services manager, John Lane, said the main safety issues at our office fit out projects relate to the detailed co-ordination of the design.
“The main challenges presented by security systems and protocols is down to the co-ordination of the design with the building services installation,” he said.
“This can be as simple as confirming the setting out of services within wall and ceiling voids, and as complex as testing the security of the physical installation.”
The event, which took place at One Moorgate Place, London, featured a talk from AEG Europe’s executive director of real estate, Alistair Wood, about how contractors and architects deal with security at large arenas.
“Terrorist events, like the Manchester and the London Bridge attacks, have exacerbated the threat levels and heightened the need for creating environments which have the safety and security of the customer at their core.
“We have adopted an enhanced range of measures to protect our visitors,” he said.
“We proactively seek to extinguish and reduce threats, both internally through scanning of the estate, and externally using open-source threat intelligence feeds.”
Cundall’s principal security consultant, Darren Wood, spoke about how the construction industry has adopted technology to better design for building security.
Improving safety while designing aesthetically pleasing buildings was a key topic at the event’s two panel discussions, with Morrow + Lorraine’s senior associate, John Harkness, using examples of football grounds to show how security has been embedded into the design.
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