24 Aug New security certification for buildings can offer peace of mind for residents of the Middle East
A new security certification for building safety is now available to developers in the Middle East through global engineering consultancy, WSP – the first SABRE licensed organisation outside of the UK.
The ‘SABRE’ certification offers the general public peace of mind that developers and operators have considered security measures across nine key areas of building operation and design, from assessing risk to reviewing policies and procedures.
The new assessment was launched by BRE Global, an independent, third-party approvals and certification organisation to assess the security performance of building developments and offer assurance for tenants, clients and visitors. The ‘SABRE’ certification offers the general public peace of mind that developers and operators have considered security measures across nine key areas of building operation and design, from assessing risk to reviewing policies and procedures.
Andrew Lloyd Jones, principal consultant of Security Risk Management for WSP and the first certified SABRE registered assessor in the Middle East explains:
“The security considerations for developments of any kind are constantly evolving and require continual review against the environment in which they operate. The general public are increasingly more security conscious and rely on developers and building operators to maintain a robust approach to security.
“The SABRE certification allows developers to showcase their commitment to the security of building occupants and visitors whilst assessing the continual improvement of security related policies through regular re-certification. SABRE is not designed as a simple badge of compliance, the certification seeks to drive improvement and encourage developers and operators to implement and demonstrate industry best practice. ”
WSP are involved in many high profile projects including the Dubai Mall Expansion, Dubai; Orbital highway Contract 1, Qatar; Makkah Public Transport Program, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha Metro, Qatar; Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Phase 1, Dubai; Qatar Rail Strategic Program Management, Qatar; Rabigh PP2, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; New York University, Abu Dhabi; Al Mutlaa Housing Project, Kuwait; Seventh Heaven at Al Barari, Dubai and Al Wakrah Bypass Road, Qatar.
In 2016 the company won Consultant of the Year at the Construction Week Qatar Awards and were awarded Consultant of the Year at both the Big Project Awards and Middle East Consultant Awards in 2015. They were named 14th best company to work in the UAE by the Great Place to Work Institute this year.