Buildings within the UK are usually constructed using a structural frame, typically steel, concrete or timber, or are built from unframed masonry.
There are many different types of walls and floor systems that are used within buildings, but together these elements play an important role in protecting occupants and assets from the effects of blast and other security threats. For many, a primary security concern is for the building to remain standing, or for damage to be limited to defined zones, following an attack involving explosives, impact and/or fire.
Designing structural framing, walls and floors for structures so that they incorporate physical security requirements from the outset will help deliver robust and resilient business operations. Where it is necessary to retrofit or adapt existing structures, physical security needs should form a central part of the requirements definition process for the enhancements.