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Security in design

The event took place on Tuesday, 28th May 2019.


Suffolk Design is a county wide, long term programme of engagement and behavioural change across and within local authorities looking to embed high quality design into future developments.  As part of our initial work we are hosting a series of events to engage stakeholders as we seek to provide access to technical data, policies and design tools they need to design quality buildings and spaces.  We want to inspire people with the beauty of Suffolk’s environment and the best of architecture, landscape design and place-making from the county. This is the 20th event in our series and focuses on how Suffolk can consider security in the design of future developments.

The National Planning Policy Framework places greater emphasis on “creating places where crime and disorder, and the fear of crime, do not undermine the quality of life or community cohesion and resilience.” The Suffolk Design Security workshop featured a guest speaker from the Centre of Protection for the National Infrastructure (CPNI) and included the input of the Design out Crime Team from Suffolk Constabulary. The workshop focused on security threats and the nge of countermeasures that can be blended in to the streetscape to mitigate these threats. The workshop will use the ideas from the ‘Designing Out Crime’, residential design guide, and develop these as to how they can be embedded. A Q&A session will provide attendees the opportunity to question and discuss how to best put the countermeasures into practice and work with stakeholders to achieve ‘Security in Design’.

The agenda can be found by clicking on the below document link. 

"A really interesting and well-delivered event that I would highly recommend to those directly or indirectly involved in the built environment." - anonymous delegate from the Security in Design workshop

The key information and learning points from the workshop are listed below: 

  1. Suffolk Constabulary Design out Crime team keen to be involved at an earlier stage in the development process.  Some good examples of engagement with local authority teams but more needs to be done to develop a consistent approach across Suffolk for all developments.

  2. Focus needs to be on preventing future crime through better design.

  3. Further discussion needed on how to better design public realm areas created by Highways that are not subject to planning.  Need to consider protective security where appropriate.

  4. Further training for staff and members should be considered as part of Suffolk Design work going forward.

Further information and resources can be found on the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure website, by clicking here.

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