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Frontline security Designers and facilities managers agree that there is a fine line between making an entrance attractively accessible and making it secure. This dichotomy increasingly preoccupies the development work of the security industry. To ensure a complete and complementary suite of access solutions, a walkthrough, project management and design service will advise how security can be improved throughout a retail premises using products specifically aimed at providing the perfect combination of accessibility, safety and security.


These solutions range from aluminium and glass automatic doors for entrances through to complete steel doorsets for back of house and cash rooms. These can then be linked to access control systems with key or card based operation or even biometric hand readers that, when linked with software, can be used to provide information for time and attendance, payroll and evacuation procedures. In designing an effective entrance system,


planning and careful considerations are the key. For example, where space allows, the formation of a dog-leg lobby effect (where the inner door and outer door are offset at anything up to 90 degrees) is often the preferred configuration for retail environments. This offers the best way of retaining heat, excluding the weather and controlling accessibility and traffic flow whilst creating benevolent but nevertheless very effective security. However, for smaller high street and older buildings this is not always a practical solution. For this type of premises, there are other secure and retrofit solutions that can be applied to existing entrances to ensure that the building is secure and accessible and meets the requirements of the Equality Act. For areas at high risk and where there is a need for tougher and stronger protection, such as in high stock value retail outlets, a specialist enhanced security package is required. This can include frontages with annealed and laminated glass, which are virtually unbreakable and can greatly


complement other security measures in creating a line of defence. At Ingersoll Rand a unique way to lock the glass into the screenwork has been developed, which makes the entrance more resistant to attack. This is widely used in banks where the manufacturer and designer work closely together to provide a tailored solution exactly matching the level of security needed. In these premises I’ve often recommended a combination of an ‘enhanced security’ exterior and ‘secured lobbies’ alongside special access control, screens and concealed devices, such as panic buttons that can be operated at a moment’s notice. This design technology, coupled with design-friendly steel doorsets and access control systems on rear entrances, can help to provide a secure solution for most retail premises where the stock is of a high value.


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