Whatriggs Primary School in Kilmarnock has received the Secured by Design Crime Prevention Standards. The Scottish school brings together two different schools on one site and has already been celebrated for achieving the high standards necessary in terms of the security of its layout and landscaping as well as its physical security.
In order to be given this certification, the Secured by Design trained Designing Out Crime Officers have been working with architects Keppie design, the Glasgow based company, and Morrison Construction which is a leading Scottish contractor. This team worked together from the initial planning stage of the building through to the final construction in order to ensure that as many proven crime prevention techniques are incorporated into the new campus as possible.
The design and construction teams met frequently throughout the development process in order to discuss features such as the layout of the school and its buildings in order to maximise the natural surveillance of the site, -perimeter defence and the use of lighting and CCTV in order to make sure that the optimum security levels were achieved. All of these different security features, plus many more, have been added while still creating a facility that remains welcoming and attractive for pupils and teachers to enjoy.
The windows and doors used at Whatriggs Primary School met the SBD’s Police Preferred Specification standard. The standard means that the windows and doors installed are sufficiently robust to resist a physical attack from any opportunistic burglars. This SBD scheme is the only way to gain Police accreditation for buildings in the UK. Morrison Construction appointed a number of SBD member companies to manufacture the doors and windows used throughout the development of the school. These companies include Metal Technology Limited and CMS Window Systems.
Whatriggs Campus brings together Bellfield and Kirkstyle Primary Schools and includes the featuring of an Early Education Centre and opened their doors for the first time at the start of the Autumn term.