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Physical Security Strategy
When it comes to physical security, generic stock measures are used worldwide. But in order to maximise the protection given and provide total peace of mind, a physical security strategy should be tailored specifically to your Business needs, to safeguard not only your premises and tangible assets, but also your staff, partners and clientele.
North Star can assist you in identifying and choosing the systems and technologies that best suit your needs and budget to achieve the coverage you require. We are experienced in managing all aspects of physical security systems, from perimeter fencing and barriers, external security doors and windows, lighting, Electronic Surveillance technologies, CCTV and Access Control to Intruder Alarms.
Determining the security of a project in its planning stage, prior to construction is the optimal standard. This means that the total security infrastructure can be designed and installed systematically, keeping the project running smoothly and progressively as well as keeping it cost-effective and on budget. Yet it may be that you are refurbishing or renovating an existing site. Whatever your proposed path, North Star can advise you on what is needed, designing your security to match your risk and threat, but delivering only what you want to your exact requirements. Using the latest Design Technologies and Software, North Star can design your security plan and help you to visualise it virtually, so that you can take it forward and make it a reality.
Security Needs Assessment
Whether your desire is to achieve BREEAM accreditation or to simply understand your security requirements more fully, North Star will undertake and deliver your bespoke Security Needs Assessment.
We have the practical understanding of factors affecting security in relation to construction and maintenance in the building environment, and experience in working on schemes of varying sizes, scopes, and natures.
As part of the Security Needs Assessment, we will carry out a review of crime and disorder issues in the immediate vicinity, perform a visual assessment of the site and surroundings and identify the risks and appropriate mitigations to ensure an effective security solution for your project.
For BREEAM Hea 06 Safety and Security credit, the guidance states it is to be carried out at RIBA Stage 2, however, when you engage us as your suitably qualified security specialist at a later stage than RIBA stage 2, the credit may still be achievable if we can confirm that the implementation of security measures have not been restricted, impaired or are not possible as a result of our later involvement
i.e. everything that would/could have been recommended can still be implemented. Whatever your situation, North Star are here to help you and advise on a solution.
CAD & BIM Design
North Star have vast experience with a wide range of appropriate software and make continued investment in training, software and hardware to ensure the latest technologies are fully utilised. For both physical and electronic system design we use dedicated software such as Autocad MEP and Autocad Architectural, for detailed CCTV design JVSG and VideoCad, and for a large proportion of our output we use Autodesk Revit. We started using Revit in 2011, on a selection of key projects, but very quickly adopted it on our commercial work. We now have a broad expertise and considerable experience on all types of project, for both small and large schemes.
The advantages of a BIM project to the client are many. We are finding, increasingly, clients are asking for projects to be undertaken in BIM and we are seeing welcomed adoption by others in the construction supply chain. A continued investment within the BIM infrastructure is enabling many specified products to be available as BIM objects.
With an intelligent 3D model, BIM projects allow greater understanding of a building at the design and planning stage. A building’s form and its construction from the outset can be easily seen. With some simple to use software such as Lumion and Escape as well as Navisworks, clients can easily navigate around their project, finding potential changes at design stage, rather than at the costlier construction stage.
Project Management is the application of knowledge and experience, of specific processes to initiate, plan, execute, regulate and bring to completion a project, achieving its objective, at the specified time and on budget.
Because North Star are Independent Consultants, and are not affiliated with any security services, manufacturers or distributors, you can be sure that we are totally impartial and objective, serving your interests alone.
North Star can fully Project Manage your security operations with negligible interruption to your Business and ensure that training is given to all users in its operation and maintenance.
North Star have many years of experience in managing security projects, which typically entails installing and integrating various components of a security system into a physical building structure. Our central activities involve, but are not limited to, leading the security project team, understanding the entire scope of work, understanding, communicating and working with the project stakeholders, anticipating and resolving problems, maintaining control over the costs, schedule and quality of the project, assuming responsibility for the entire project lifecycle, and working with suppliers to accurately define and achieve the client’s security needs whilst ensuring the compliance of the project with all applicable standards.
Secured by Design
Secured by Design is a police initiative owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers and has the support of the Home Office Crime Reduction & Community Safety Group and the Planning Section of The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Secured by Design has developed to ensure crime prevention measures are adopted throughout the design stages of buildings and sites to assist in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime. In other words, it aims to design out crime.
There are many guidelines which address the specific needs of both residential and commercial projects. North Star has considerable experience implementing these guidelines, as well as liaising with the UK Police to achieve Secured by Design approval for our projects.
Should our clients not require Secured by Design accreditation, we will nevertheless continue to follow the same high standard of design principles as our best practice methodology. Thus always achieving the most secure environment and protection for our clients.
Design and access statements (DAS) are often required to accompany and support a planning application. North Star can help you to ascertain and compile the necessary security information that you require.
North Star are an independent security consultancy founded in 2011 by managing director Jeff Scott to provide a range of security consultancy and project management services for the retail, commercial , farming, domestic and distribution sectors.
We are based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, however our area of operation is throughout the UK and European Union.
We at North Star aim to provide our clients with the complete consultancy service to achieve and maintain a safe and secure environment.
North Star are not affiliated with any security service contractors, nor do we sell security products, so we can therefore be objective and unbiased when assessing the requirements and budgets of our clients, providing them with impartial advice that allows them to make the right decisions.
We maintain membership of the Association of Security Consultants , The Security Institute and ASIS International.
North Star takes Health and Safety very seriously and maintains accreditation from Safe Contractor, CHAS and IATP, essential to meet the compliance requirements of the security industry today, and for our client’s protection, our services are covered by a £10 million professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
After a number of years providing his services to other companies, consultant Jeff and his wife Tracey, an experienced draughtswoman, founded North Star in 2011. Jeff's thirty five years in the construction industry working on major projects including hospitals, airports, universities, large retail and commercial developments, specialising in life safety and security systems, building control and communication systems, gained him the valuable experience clients require.
Directly or in partnership with engineering and architectural designers and installers, Jeff has designed for and advised many prestigious clientele, including Marks & Spencer, Gazeley, Sainsbury's, Amazon, Apple, Aquascutum, Tesla Motors, NHS and AELTC. As North Star’s managing director he is particularly proud to be the only security consultancy approved and appointed by John Lewis Partnership for new build and refurbishment projects across the Waitrose, John Lewis and Corporate estate.
“Our history of expertise in the construction industry allows North Star to offer clients the complete end to end solution, from feasibility, design, implementation, to construction and completion. “
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