SMR LOCKSMITHS LTD - CALL NOW
020 8819 1457
South West London despatch point: 10 Cranbourne Close, Norbury, London, SW16 4NG

Where Security Meets Design

Added by: SMR Locksmiths Ltd, on: 5th June 2019

The aesthetic and architectural design of a school building can affect productivity, learning and even security. Karen Trigg, business development manager at Allegion UK, discusses ways to overcome security challenges caused by design.

When you walk into any building, its aesthetic design will impact you almost immediately. A physical design can rouse inspiration just as equally as it can make you feel relaxed, safe or welcomed.

Although important, the successful operation of a building encompasses more than just aesthetic design. Factoring in security shouldn’t be an afterthought. All the complexities of design should influence all the security decisions. And, whilst physical environment is undoubtedly significant, all other aspects of architectural design (such as practicality) should be considered too.

As the Design Council aptly summarises: “Good design is not just about the aesthetic improvement of our environment; it is as much about improved quality of life, equality of opportunity and economic growth.”

It’s no surprise, then, that when it comes to schools, the building design needs to provide a safe and secure environment whilst encouraging creativity and academic performance. It must also account for all types of user groups and situations, so that efficiency isn’t hindered, safety is of high priority and flow of movement is maximised in all areas.

How important is aesthetic design?

Pupils (and staff) spend a lot of their time in classrooms. For the pupils, the physical environment can have a significant effect on their learning, productivity, creativity and concentration.

A number of previous studies have explored this, revealing that colour, complexity and light are among some of the environmental factors with the biggest effect on academic performance.

On a basic level, our physical surroundings can impact the way we feel and our motivation to contribute to certain situations. Therefore, in schools, if pupils feel safe and comfortable, their motivation is likely to increase, leading to greater productivity.

Aesthetic design also gives you the freedom to cater specific areas to different pupils’ needs. In classrooms, it can provide an effective visual aid for learning. At the same time, there can be areas which reinforce more calming aspects for those with specific needs.

kids-in-school

How to factor in security in architectural design

Alongside establishing the benefits of aesthetic design, architectural design and layout also play a big part in maintaining a safe and secure environment.

Our recent survey showed that 43.9% of facility managers in the education sector express concern with the design or layout of their building, and the security issues this potentially poses. Two of the main causes for this concern were narrow, bottleneck areas and the speed of exit in an emergency.

So, if the layout or design of a school is impeding on aspects like escape routes, for example, it’s important to establish weak points and improve communication and training. It’s also important to take small (yet effective) measures, such as making sure all fire escape routes are free from obstruction and all building occupants know the procedure in the event of an evacuation.

Protecting the vulnerable / accounting for all user groups

Considering certain aspects of design is essential to making sure everyone – regardless of specific needs and requirements – feels welcomed and can access areas of a building safely and efficiently.

For example, different areas serve different purposes. Security products and solutions should account for different users, making sure they understand the product and are able to use it safely and correctly.

A key way of ensuring optimal safety and security for all occupants is a layered approach. This means making sure communication is an integral part of the system as well as implementing products and solutions which compliment, and are compatible for, the building and its specific requirements.

Sources

https://www.designcouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/asset/document/the-value-of-good-design.pdf

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/school-design-influences-learning

http://www.promoteyourschool.co.uk/blog/impact-aesthetic-environment-attitude-learning

www.allegion.co.uk

Quick response local locksmith call us now on:

020 8819 1457

More articles from the blog

30th April 2022
Where to keep your spare key

If you hide your spare key under a doormat, you are pretty much inviting burglars into your property. Keeping it on the doorpost, under a garden statue, under a flower pot, or under a fake rock, also puts your home security at serious risk.

Read More
30th March 2022
Garage security: Is your garage well protected?

The burglars are very much aware that a lot of people do not pay as much attention to garage security as they do to home security. Valuable items stored in the garage are an easy loot, but it’s only half of the problem. Some burglars will attempt to get into your house after robbing the garage.

Read More
25th February 2022
How to make your property safe: tips for landlords

If you wish to avoid trouble and turn your property into a tranquil haven for your tenants to live in and enjoy, as a landlord you need to take appropriate security measures.

Read More
27th January 2022
Layering your house security from the outside in

The Covid-19 lockdown has seen a significant number of people working from home, potentially for the long-term. Although home burglaries have fallen during lockdown, the time spent at home has led many owners to review their security measures.

Read More
29th December 2021
How to choose a perfect door lock?

Not everybody is aware that door locks are divided into several different groups. It’s not easy to get an appropriate lock for the particular kind of doors. And it is even harder to get is fitted properly!

Read More
29th November 2021
Cheap lock fitting services in South West London

What are the duties of a professional locksmith? What should you consider before you have your locks fitted? And finally, what to do to find cheap lock fitting services in your area?Find out the answers to these questions and make sure you get the best locksmith services with affordable rates!

Read More
27th October 2021
Are your doors thief-resistant?

It is estimated that there is a burglary in the UK every 40 seconds. Burglars tend to be very crafty as it comes to breaking in.Sometimes, however, the burglars don’t even have to be that crafty. Why? Because of our own bad habits such as leaving the door unlocked. But locking your door, sadly, does not necessarily protect you from the possibility of being robbed.

Read More
23rd September 2021
Most common points of entry for home break-ins

A house or a flat in which you accumulate your living achievements is a real treat for a thief. Theft and burglary are crimes that usually cannot be avoided, but can be largely reduced. Have you ever thought about most common points of entry for home break-ins?

Read More
30th August 2021
New property? Find out how to protect it

When you buy a property, you may wonder how many people might have key duplicates which will give them access to your abode. Of course it should never happen, but how can you be sure? In order to have a peace of mind, get in touch with a professional local locksmith who will change your locks and check the security standards in your new home.

Read More
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram