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Building Security Assessment Scheme relaunched in collaboration with NSI

The City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA) has relaunched the Building Security Assessment Scheme in collaboration with the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) at Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London.

Formerly known as CoLCPA’s Building Security Accreditation, the initiative developed from a joint collaboration involving the City of London Police, the City of London Corporation, representatives of managing agents and the security industry, aims to strengthen security and fire safety standards within multi-occupied commercial buildings.

Benchmarking safety 

The scheme aims to be a benchmark reflecting the commitment of the property owners or their representatives to safeguarding their premises, staff, visitors and the public.

Earlier this year in response to evolving security needs, CoLCPA invited NSI to refresh the scheme, which has been running for over a decade to help align with today’s security requirements while being practical for those overseeing building security.

NSI is the sole third party assessing body and has also taken over administration of the scheme, streamlining the process for applicants.

Applicants are said to undertake a self-assessment of their building’s security strengths and vulnerabilities, followed by an independent on-site review by NSI. This process is designed to provide valuable insight into the existing strengths and constructive feedback for potential improvements.

The scheme criteria cover risk assessments, evacuation and invacuation plans, trauma pack accessibility, Safe Haven status, electronic security measures and personnel training including Project Kestrel fire training and counter terror training.

NSI Chief, Richard Fogelman and CoLCPA Chairman, Don Randall MBE 

Following a pilot in London, the first premises assessed under the new scheme received award certificates at CoLCPA’s November meeting:

  • 125 Old Broad Street, London EC2, Cushman and Wakefield, security provider: Unitrust
  • 1 Curzon Street, London W1, landlord: Colliers, security provider: Vigilant
  • Berkeley Square House, London W1 landlord: Colliers, security provider: Vigilant
  • 33 Cavendish Square, London W1, landlord Colliers, security provider: Vigilant

“The scheme will enhance the safety and security of all building occupants”

Don Randall MBE, Chairman City of London Crime Prevention Association commented: “The CoLCPA are extremely pleased to be able to partner with NSI and update and refresh the newly formed ‘Building Security Assessment Scheme’. The scheme will enhance the safety and security of all building occupants, support the blue light services and future proof current and planned legislative changes.”

Richard Fogelman, NSI Chief Executive responded: “With over 50 years of experience in the security sector, we are honoured to be chosen as CoLCPA’s trusted independent assessing body for the Building Security Assessment Scheme. Reviewing and enhancing the scheme has been a privilege, ensuring its relevance in today’s challenging environment.

“We extend an invitation to commercial property owners and representatives in London to apply for the scheme to visibly demonstrate their security commitments and instil confidence their building security operations are dedicated to continual improvement.”

Peter Lavery, FSyI, Associate Director, EMEA Security & Operational Resilience Manager, Cushman and Wakefield said: “Cushman & Wakefield is delighted to be amongst the first to have achieved this City of London Crime Prevention Association & National Security Inspectorate recognised ‘Building Security Assessment Scheme certification.

“By submitting our building’s safety and security operation to a rigorous assessment process we have demonstrated our commitment to keeping our tenants and the wider public safe.”

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