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Design Standards Development

Our design standards services are targeted at clients with large, dynamic, globally disbursed real estate portfolios. We support these clients by creating architectural and system design standards to maximise the efficiency of the designing, commissioning and programming of their system. This in turn facilitates the streamlining of procurement activities, project management and operational delivery.

We recognise the burden placed on corporate security departments of multiple, varied capital projects, whether they be reconfigurations of existing office space, office fit-outs, or the designing and construction of new offices. We work with clients to define corporate standards in design, product selection, and system programming and installation. This generation of greater consistency and standardisation across our clients’ businesses means they are able to make more effective use of limited resources, budget more accurately, manage more efficient maintenance regimes and embed a common understanding across internal stakeholders and risk partners. The impact of these services is the generation of substantial increases in time and capacity for corporate security professionals; enabling them to focus on the delivery of safe and secure business environments.

Design standards should suit the immediate needs and requirements of the organisation, and should typically aim to meet the following requirements:

  • Tier 1 – Operational strategy.
    Immediately identify the strategic approach for the deployment of security systems within the client’s real-estate portfolio.
  • Tier 2 - Risk classification.
    An overarching document that underpins the threat, risk and vulnerability assessment. This document should identify and determine the impact of any local security and environmental threats and advise the key stakeholders of the most suitable mitigation strategy as well as any required security enhancements in excess of the standard baseline requirement.
  • Tier 3 – Operational function.
    Identify each relative security configuration alongside their subsequent function and purpose. 
  • Tier 4 – Component specification and rule setting.
    Identify baseline field component specifications alongside any specific installation and design considerations that each should specifically warrant. Rules and parameters relevant to the operational functions of security systems should be defined.
  • Tier 5 – Application referencing.
    Identify and establish a baseline methodology for collation and referencing of security field components operating within any of the client’s security systems or sub-systems.

Creation and maintenance of the security baseline standard should be an ever-evolving and ongoing process and will require support from all key stakeholders within the organisation.