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Consultants ready for terror threat

Engineers are already designing-in counter-terrorist measures for buildings. The message comes after Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for improved security measures to protect against terrorist threats. Many firms are already carrying out security work. John Moore, director of MFD International said: “As a result of the terrorist attacks in the 1980s and 1990s from organisations such as PIRA, a number of UK consultancy and engineering firms have become expert in providing effective, counter-terrorist measures for the built environment. “Recent events demonstrate that the method of delivering the attack has change ie a hostile vehicle driven at speed rather than an attack with a warning. Appropriateness and proportionality are two key words in our business. All construction projects should start with a due diligence threat and risk assessment carried out by built environment security experts. This will define threat, probability and consequence and enable the appropriate and proportional mitigation measures to be design. Our early involvement will save construction costs later.” The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) emphasised the role consultancy and engineering firms have to play in ‘designing-in’ protective measures into the UK’s buildings and infrastructure. ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: “Consultants and engineers provide the knowledge of how buildings actually work in the physical environment. The government has a large pool of firms and resources to call upon in this regard, and ACE can help them get the best possible professional advice on how to increase security.”