Security is a vital element of any project. As well as providing the obvious safeguards – such as protecting people, assets and business continuity from criminal and terrorist threats – it is important to create a flexible strategy that responds to emerging, possibly unforeseen threats. Early consideration of security concerns also unlocks commercial potential and reduces costs while improving operational effectiveness.

Buro Happold security consulting offers expert services for new and existing and developments. Chartered Security Professionals, we are members of the Security Institute and the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.

Security can only be truly effective when people, processes and systems all operate in harmony. Our multidisciplinary capability ensures that electronic and physical elements combine sympathetically with the client vision; a risk-based approach produces strategies and mitigation that are appropriate, proportionate and financially viable.

Our security services include:


  • End-to-end delivery project management
  • Security threat, risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Security brief and strategy development
  • Physical security and counter-terrorist measures
  • Electronic security
  • Hostile vehicle mitigation
  • Building information modelling (BIM) – PAS 1192-5 & ISO19650
  • Security auditing, surveys and migration strategies

Services with an uncommon edge

Our experience across complementary industries – security, information technology and construction – uniquely qualifies us to offer services uncommon to traditional consultants. Your development will benefit from bespoke strategies and engineered solutions that consider risk, operational requirements, the business case for technology investment and the wider architectural vision.

Security advice that’s ahead of the curve

By engaging in leading research and development, we navigate and influence industry and the regulatory and statutory landscape. So you can be confident that our input to your project is relevant, innovative and worthwhile. We work with professional institutions, academics, and a wide variety of sector specific groups across the globe, to actively develop our industry and help define the guidelines and standards the security world works to.

Specialists working with specialists

We collaborate with other Buro Happold disciplines – including infrastructure and city systems, MEP and structural engineering, sustainability and asset consultancy – to develop strategies and designs that perform within a broad project context to yield far-reaching client benefits.

Project highlights

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

London, UK

The new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is part of a 20-acre regeneration project within Haringey.

The security strategy primarily focuses on providing the highest quality of safety for visitors and stadium staff. It also concentrates on high-level integration of the security system with various building management technologies. This is consistent with the overarching project strategy of enhancing the fan experience.

MSG Sphere

London, UK

The Madison Square Garden Company is planning to create an 18,500-seat entertainment arena in Stratford. The client aims to provide an immersive sound and vision experience located within a sphere on an island site, which is adjacent to operational railway lines.

Our team has developed a robust and comprehensive security strategy to protect the people, assets, business continuity and reputation of this landmark, multiuse development. This covers public realm, commercial activities and the venue.

East Bank

London, UK

This new cultural and education district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will include buildings for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, the London College of Fashion and the BBC. It will also provide 75,000m2 of housing.

Security strategies have been developed for each stakeholder building, taking into account their specific requirements along with the substantial public realm. A comprehensive initial threat and risk assessment has been continually reappraised to reflect any changes.

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