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ASP to provide "designed in security" for Leeds development

Advanced Security Partners (ASP) : 06 July, 2007  (Application Story)
New development in Leeds has security features designed into it from the start thanks to ASP security consultants
Security consultancy, Advanced Security Partners (ASP), has won a £250,000 contract with developers HGB Properties to advise on the designs of a key development in Leeds.

Latitude Red, totalling 121,000 sq ft will be the first commercial building to launch to market in 2008 from the groundbreaking Latitude scheme. In total Latitude will span 10 acres and be developed over the next 10 years. The largest city centre mixed use development to date; it will comprise 600,000sq-ft of prestige commercial office accommodation, in addition to more than 700 apartments.

 Latitude Red has already been awarded 'Secured by Design' status, a forward-thinking accreditation established by the National Association of Chief Police Officers. The scheme promotes and awards the principles of 'designing out crime' through the application of effective crime prevention and security standards during the design and construction of developments.

Ian Pennington, regional director of HBG Properties and Latitude's project director said: "The appointment of ASP as security consultants on Latitude Red was a simple decision, we've worked with them in the past and they've always delivered so there was no hesitation."

Leeds is one of the fastest growing cities of our time and its skyline is continually developing and evolving. Over £2.5bn worth of property completed between1995-2004, a further £1.5bn is currently under construction and £3.4bn in the pipeline. Crime statistics, throughout the UK, also appear to be growing, with 3733 theft offences registered in Leeds last year. With this in mind, architects and developers are becoming increasingly aware of the measures that can be made to reduce the risk of crime and are involving security consultants at the initial planning stage to stamp out potential problems before they have a chance to materialise.

Richard Summer, director of ASP, said of their appointment: "We're committed to preventing the occurrence of crime through innovative and integrated efforts with architects and developers. Latitude will boast some of the most revolutionary security measures in the market, including 1.5 second high-speed shutters and a bespoke graphical user interface containing floor plans of the entire building to forewarn of any potential issues. It also boasts long range reader detection units, meaning you don't need to fob in/out or enter a pin code, that allow car drivers to stay in the safety of their vehicles when entering/exiting the development. "ASP brings a wealth of over 50 years combined experience to the table so we're a natural choice for this prestigious scheme."

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