Saturday 21 March 2020

City Building (Glasgow) LLP join Secured by Design

One of Scotland’s largest construction companies, City Building (Glasgow) LLP, is one of the latest companies to join Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative.

City Building is a highly successful and evolving business which has a proven track record of strategic delivery within the commercial marketplace.  City Building is comprised of two organisations, City Building (Glasgow) LLP which operates within a joint 50/50 ownership arrangement between Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Housing Group and City Building (Contracts) LLP which is a wholly owned Arms Length External Organisation of Glasgow City Council.

The company has recently celebrated a decade of success and innovation and as well as being recognised as one of the top 90 businesses in Scotland for employment and diversity and with a turnover circa £200 million, it is in the top 100 construction companies in the UK.

City Building were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise:  Sustainable Development 2018. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise constitutes the greatest honour to be bestowed on a business and in 2018 City Building were the only Scottish business to receive this award in the Sustainable Development category, recognising their excellent customer service as well as our ability to innovate and create. 

City Building employ more than 2,200 people and support an estimated additional 2,000 people through their supply chain. The company is currently training 250 apprentices across all construction trades making them the largest employer of apprentices in Scotland.

As well as providing the largest construction craft apprenticeship programme in Scotland, City Building also operate Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), one of the largest supported manufacturing businesses in Europe. RSBi employs over 250 people, more than 50% of whom have a disability.

You can find out more about City Building (Glasgow) LLP and their range of SBD recognised doors and windows here:

Dr. Graham Paterson, Executive Director  at City Building (Glasgow) LLP said:
“Our values as a business ensure we strive to deliver quality products and services to all our customers, taking their experience from excellence to outstanding.  Our manufacturing division grows in strength and having our products endorsed by Secured by Design adds to that quality.”

SBD National Lead Kenny McHugh said:
“It is fantastic to have City Building (Glasgow) join Secured by Design.  They are a highly successful business with a proven track record and are recognised as one of the top 90 businesses in Scotland for employment and diversity. 
“The company deliver a wide range of high quality construction and manufacturing operations, including design and build construction projects, new house building and major refurbishment projects across both the public and private sectors.  I am looking forward to working with them over the coming years”.

SBD is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK. PCPI is a not-for-profit organisation and Board Members include senior police officers from each of the four Home Nations who control and direct the work PCPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.

SBD plays a significant crime prevention role in the planning process to design out crime in a wide range of building sectors. It has achieved some significant success including one million homes built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%.

SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Police Service through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies to ensure that their publicly available standards actually meet the needs of the police and public alike.

Products must be subject to rigorous testing and additionally be fully certificated by an independent, third-party certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) before being allowed to carry the SBD logo - this is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

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