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The challenges of securing historic buildings

The challenges of securing historic buildings

06th June 2017

Very old, traditional businesses, museums and certain other organisations are sometimes based in historic buildings. If your organisation is one of them, you may be concerned about the challenges associated with securing historic premises. You need to consider two major factors when installing security measures in and around buildings of historical significance. In today’s blog, we’ll look at these factors and discuss how you can deal with the challenges that arise from them.

1. Structure

Older buildings can often be less structurally sound than modern ones. As a result, it may not be possible to attach security devices (such as CCTV cameras) to certain walls in a historic building. After all, you don’t want to weaken the structure any further by adding heavy pieces of equipment. What’s more, these pieces of equipment often have to be held in place with screws and other attachments that can undermine a wall’s integrity. It would help if you also were careful when installing security fencing that has a concrete foundation, as you may need to avoid undermining the building’s own foundation. Luckily, these challenges are relatively easy to overcome. Firstly, you have to identify the structurally sound and structurally unsound parts of your building so that you can ensure you only install security devices on the former. Secondly, you need to find out how far the foundations of the historic building extend so that you can install security fencing outside of this area.

2. Historical significance

Obviously, it’s important to avoid drastically altering the appearance of buildings that have historical significance. It’s important to preserve them because they represent a link to the past. There are even laws that govern the changes you can make to listed historic buildings, both temporary and long-term. However, installing security fencing and other pieces of security apparatus can alter a building’s appearance. There’s no need to worry, though: we at Zaun offer a range of low-key fencing options and discreet security apparatus. We’re here to help you put together a security solution that won’t disrupt your historic premises’ appearance.

Protecting historic buildings is important but challenging. If you are responsible for securing an organisation based in one of these buildings, get in touch with us today.