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Designing out terrorism

11 May 2009

The winner of a competition of architecture and design students to design a public space that minimises the effects of a terrorist attack has been announced.

Peter Hughes from Sheffield University designed a useable public space that would also minimise injuries in the event of a terrorist attack and won the Public Spaces, Safer Places (new window) competition.

Home Office Security Minister Lord West congratulated Mr Hughes, who is currently undertaking his Part One qualification in architecture having graduated from Sheffield University last summer, during an award ceremony at the Home Office. 

Using innovation to save lives

During the event Lord West said, 'I want to congratulate Peter and thank all the entrants to this unique competition. In particular, I want to draw attention to the innovative work that Peter has done. His design integrated counter-terrorism measures into a redeveloped social space. 

'This approach is to be encouraged for the next generation of architects and designers in order to better protect our crowded spaces.' 

He said designing counter-terrorism protective security measures into new buildings and other public spaces will be crucial to making crowded places safer.

Thinking about the future

The competition, which asked competitors to think about security features and safety issues when designing a fictional public space, was developed in collaboration with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (new window).

Others involved included the Royal Institute of British Architects (new window) and the police National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) (new window).

The competition attracted 92 entries. The winner received £1,000.

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