Influencing Policy

Designing for Counter Terrorism

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published practical 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.

Raising awareness of the importance of design 

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:  

  • Mitigating terrorism through the introduction of physical, technical and procedural protective measures.

  • 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.


Designing for Counter Terrorism Conference - 6 October 2011

6 October 2011

8.30am - 5.00pm

Driven by the Home Office and in partnership with the RIBA, 'Designing for Counter Terrorism' will bring together government ministries and agencies, occupiers and built environment professionals to discover how new policy will affect their treatment of security and resilience.

The conference will explore a range of design issues in relation to counter terrorism, including: the benefits of incorporating security early on in the design process, detailed case studies, material and structural design, and a provocative debate to explore the implications of counter terror measures for public space.

Designing for Counter Terrorism

For a full programme, and to book your place please find our dedicated event page here. 

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