King’s Cross estate first to gain security risk management standard

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The King’s Cross estate in London has achieved In-Use certification to the SABRE security risk management standard – the first facility to do so since the scheme became a partnership-led initiative between the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and The Security Institute.
 
The assessment of the estate’s security infrastructure, led by SABRE Licensed Company Design Security Limited, resulted in a SABRE Rating of ‘Excellent’.
 
Owned by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP), the King’s Cross estate is one of the largest urban redevelopments in London, comprising 67 acres of inspiring businesses, outstanding architecture, destination retail and dining, and a vibrant cultural scene.
 
The area’s industrial past has inspired the 50 new and repurposed buildings, including the iconic Gasholders London and the Granary Building. The estate also has 27 acres of public space, a mix of parks, streets, squares, and gardens, with Granary Square and its iconic fountains as a heart.
 
When complete, King’s Cross will have more than 1,700 homes, a mix of private, rental and affordable housing, plus accommodation for 750 students. It is also home to leading companies including Google, Facebook, Sony Music, Nike, Havas, The Office Group, Autotrader and Universal Music.
 
SABRE is a security risk management certification standard that can be used to assess new and existing buildings, infrastructure and managed space during design, construction, and/or operations.
 
It enables organisations to achieve better security outcomes and return on investment, evidence their commitment, and communicate their ability to protect what is important. This provides assurance to stakeholders, aids regulatory compliance, and supports successful wellness and ESG (Environment, Social & Governance) strategies.
 
“We are delighted to see the King’s Cross estate receive SABRE In-Use certification,” commented Gareth Hulmes, Head of SABRE for The Security Institute. “This achievement is testament to the commitment King’s Cross has to managing security risk and providing a welcoming environment for businesses and visitors alike.
 
“People rightly expect security to be a material factor in the management and operations of public spaces, as was evident in the recent Government response to the Protect Duty consultation. Independent third-party certification with BRE is a fitting way for King’s Cross to evidence its dedication to this important issue.”
 
Chris Jones, Head of Security at Kings Cross Estate, added: “The award recognises our commitment to creating a safe environment for all who live or visit the estate. The continued support and collaboration across the King’s Cross team has been critical to delivering this level of security operation for which we are extremely grateful. Given the impending introduction of ‘Protect Duty’, this award demonstrates our continuing commitment to all aspects of security at King’s Cross.”

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