The GCC Construction sector is ensuring the safety of the wider Gulf population by designing in security and safety features into new projects.
The gulf construction industry, from developers, owners and architects to contractors, is now recognising that the development of safe and secure communities is essential to ensure the safety of a country’s indigenous and ex-patriate workforce both now and into the future. This is a paramount observation, particularly in the somewhat troubled times and challenges that we face daily in the wider middle east region. As an example of good practice and in a lead taken by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) who have recently introduced the Abu Dhabi Safety & Security Planning Manual (SSPM), a guideline document that was developed in close collaboration with a large number of Government and private sector stakeholders specifically to address the need for careful consideration of security, safety and risk in the construction and development space.
The wider GCC construction industry is also starting to notice that Abu Dhabi’s lead in this initiative is closely being monitored, discussed and implemented in different forms throughout the wider GCC development sector and a number of federal and government authorities are currently designing and implementing policies, strategic laws and planning guidelines for both new developments and existing facilities.
Safety & Security risk in building and landscape design is becoming the number one discussion point for all new developments. The development process that is central to safety and security risk needs in buildings is intrinsically linked to a number of principles that cover a comprehensive range of safety & security issues, such as access and connectivity, structure and spatial layout, ownership, surveillance, activity, physical security, public image and adaptability.
This all has to be kept very much in perspective, since Safety and security are less of a planning consideration for low-priority projects which are primarily achieved through design features. Residential and commercial properties are more likely to be viewed as low priority, whereas government, iconic and public space developments would benefit from a professionally conducted threat and risk assessment report together with mitigation recommendations.
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