SYP plays its part in ensuring The Glass Works in Barnsley is Secured by Design

Date published: 30 November 2021 13:48
Dated: 30 November 2021 13:10:00

South Yorkshire Police played its part in the safe design of the recently opened The Glass Works development in Barnsley town centre, and attended a ceremony recognising the completion of the project.

Superintendent Paul Ferguson of the Barnsley District Senior Command Team and British Parking Association Area Manager Ryan Davey presented a Secured by Design Gold Award and a Safer Parking Plus Award respectively to Barnsley Council’s Commercial Services Manager for The Glass Works Car Parks Dale Sparks.

Both of the awards were presented after Barnsley Council and the architect and developer Henry Boot adopting ‘Secured by Design’ principles from the initial planning stage to the completion of the building and car park.

Secured by Design is the national official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit.

Its product-based accreditation scheme – the Police Preferred Specification - provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime.

With The Glass Works, this included security, safety and anti-fall measures being incorporated in the development’s design to protect all staff, shoppers and visitors.

Providing advice such as ways to keep the public open space in the middle of the development secure was one of South Yorkshire Police’s Designing out Crime Officers Jack Regan. He said at the presentation on September 30: “We work with developers to design areas to prevent crime – all the little things you wouldn’t notice.

“Barnsley Council agreed to design all the spaces this way to the national standard. People walk past and don’t even realise what they have walked past.”

Fellow Designing out Crime officer Dene Tinker added: “This started with the project’s concept. We look at the doors, the windows and the facilities with the designers to see how people can be kept safer. There’s also the anti-fall aspects to consider with taller buildings like this one.”

Speaking of the Safer Parking Scheme’s Park Mark Plus Award, Ryan Davey said that for a car park to be awarded it must pass a rigorous risk assessment. This is conducted by specially trained police assessors to ensure measures are in place that actively reduce vehicle-related crime and provide a safe environment for drivers and their passengers.

Ryan said: “The Glass Works is a very impressive multi-storey car park which has incorporated all of the criteria for Park Mark Plus, which includes the customer experience, structural integrity, environment, design, management and operations.”

Dale Sparks said of the project receiving the award: “This development is fantastic for the town centre. It’s convenient and this shows it is a safe place to come. It will encourage more visitors.”

He also spoke about how the Secured by Design concepts were utilised in the project, adding: “The quality of the car park for instance is different to previous projects. It’s well-lit, well-signposted and is bright and airy.

“People can’t get in on foot. You can only do so when in a vehicle and with a valid ticket. The door sensors won’t open unless triggered by a vehicle. It’s all covered by CCTV cameras too.”

For more information on the Secured by Design initiative, visit: www.securedbydesign.com

From left, Ryan Davey - British Parking Association Area Manager, Dale Sparks - Barnsley Council Commercial Services Manager for The Glass Works Car Parks, Superintendent Paul Ferguson, and Designing out Crime Officer Jack Regan

From left, Ryan Davey - British Parking Association Area Manager, Dale Sparks - Barnsley Council Commercial Services Manager for The Glass Works Car Parks, Superintendent Paul Ferguson, and Designing out Crime Officer Jack Regan

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