UK Architects to Beef-Up Security

15 November 2007 (Last Updated November 15th, 2007 11:51)

UK Ministers are to work with architects to incorporate security measures in public buildings as part of new plans to counter terrorism unveiled by the UK Government. As part of increased security at airports, ports, railway stations and other public buildings, the government has set ou

UK Ministers are to work with architects to incorporate security measures in public buildings as part of new plans to counter terrorism unveiled by the UK Government.

As part of increased security at airports, ports, railway stations and other public buildings, the government has set out plans to secure buildings against possible attacks, requiring architects to "design in" new security measures.

In addition to using blast resistant building materials, key anti-terrorist measures include securing public buildings with special blast-resistant glass and incorporating non-fragmenting materials to prevent shrapnel and blast injuries.

Architects will also be called upon to design safe areas in public places for additional public security.

Thousands of cinemas, theatres, restaurants, hotels, sporting venues and commercial centres in addition to public services such as hospitals will receive guidance to advise them on how to incorporate the measures, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced.

By staff writer