While there was initial resistance to the regulation, the SSPM was a success. New developments such as Al Maryah Central Mall, Warner Brothers Theme Park and the Founder’s Memorial found different and innovative solutions to satisfy the security requirements, including hostile vehicle mitigation and anti-incursion measures to delay terrorist attack or armed robbery.
A Security Needs Assessment is a relatively quick, flexible and affordable mechanism to gain a credit point towards your BREEAM rating and can also be used to satisfy some of the more straight forward security related planning conditions within your planning application.
BB7 are a trusted independent advisory firm that manages risk through the provision of strategic advice and innovative design, construction and management solutions. We specialise in fire and security to help our clients protect people, prosperity and our planet.
Publicly available information informs us that around a third of all of the London Fire Brigade’s calls are to a false alarm. In 2012/13 the Brigade attended over 39,000 calls to a false alarm with 26 sites calling the Brigade out over 50 times. Jim Swift asks - can you be sure that your evacuation is one-way traffic?
Ben Bradford highlights the importance of fire safety information and asks where do fire strategies go? However it is a complete mystery as to where fire strategies go, is it the same place odd socks go? Or is there a Bermuda Triangle for strategies? Or, perhaps they will turn up with Lord Lucan?
Ben Bradford discusses the advancement of the practice of fire risk management within our built environment. In the wake of some prominent multi-fatality fires, organisations have spent considerable sums of money on fire safety but not necessarily achieved an improved level of fire safety assurance.
In recent years there have been a number of new build and refurbishment projects that have been completed and occupied only to be decanted and occupants provided with alternative accommodation while the project is re-constructed due to inadequate passive fire protection.
Following the release of BS 9999: 2017, which contains a revised section 4, entitled “Designing for the management of fire risk” and reference to the term fire risk management strategy, We thought it might be worthwhile sharing some thoughts on how to craft fire risk management strategy.
Ben Bradford highlights 7 key considerations issues that organizations should be considered prior to embarking on the procurement of third party fire risk assessors to deliver large fire risk assessment programmes across a multi-site portfolio.
The relationship between fire and security is often marred by talk of conflict. Is this conflict due to incompatibility, or more to do with a lack of understanding between these new companions? Both disciplines are in their infancy and the early stages of any relationship is often fragile, yet these two disciplines are maturing.
SABRE is a security assessment and certification scheme for buildings and built infrastructure assets. SABRE is the only global security risk management standard for the built environment. SABRE has been developed by the team at BRE that introduced BREEAM for sustainability. There is a common approach to setting an appropriate design rating and credits points are scored in a similar way through satisfying a range of criteria.
Ben Bradford dispels a common myth relating to our interpretation of the term ‘significant findings’. George Orwell said “Myths which are believed in tend to become true”. If George Orwell was right this article should dispel one common myth in fire safety, and reduce the number of fire safety practitioners who believe it to be true. The common myth relates to our interpretation of the term ‘Significant findings’ as applied to fire risk assessments.
In the last few months, there have been a number of exciting developments here at BB7. This summer we are delighted to announce that BB7 is opening an office in Belfast, led by Ray Quinn. Ray joins the BB7 team with a wealth of experience in fire engineering.
Fire Strategies can sometimes fail to afford the attention to management that management deserves! The risk posed by the threat of fire, to people, property, mission continuity and the environment is often governed more by the quality of management within a premises than the level of fire protection, and thus Management must be considered as of equal importance to fire protection measures.
We are delighted to announce that BGF now backs BB7 and our vision to become the leading fire and security advisory firm. The investment will accelerate our growth. We will also increase the depth and breadth of risk and resilience advisory services we offer our clients.
This is National safety week, the week in which fire safety in our homes is promoted. The place where we live with our beloved, the place we cherish so much and where, if asked, we are likely to say we feel the safest. The truth is; this place which we hold so dear, poses the greatest risk to us from a fire.