The Authority embarked upon an ambitious programme of redeveloping 20 existing secondary and college education establishments under the Government’s PFI, Building Schools for the Future Programme. Upon completion of the first phase security problems were encountered at one college culminating with the theft of £40,000 worth of computers and more than £80,000 worth of damage in just one incident.
NSG Security Consultants were commissioned to identify the causes of the problems and make recommendations to ensure that the same problems would not happen on the later phases. A review of the first phase buildings revealed a conflict between the security and fire safety arrangements, particularly with regards to poorly conceived and designed expensive electronic access control systems. In addition it was evident that the Authority’s requirements had not been adequately articulated in the documentation prepared for the consortium responsible for the construction of the buildings and delivery of services. NSG Security Consultants recommended the adoption of a joint Life (Fire) Safety and Security for the future phases.
NSG Security Consultants worked with the building managers of the completed buildings in phase one and those due to manage the buildings in the later phases to develop the strategy. The resulting strategy addresses the concerns of building occupants, overcomes the conflict between life (fire) safety and security arrangements and perhaps more importantly (relying more upon the application of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design than ‘bolt on security measures’) in these economically challenging times reduces construction cost and ensures a more easily managed environment.