A risk-led approach to built environments 

Control Risks is one of the world’s leading providers of security risk management and design solutions. We have decades of experience delivering security consulting services for projects around the world including luxury residential complexes, hotels, high rise towers, mixed-use developments, and critical infrastructure.

These assets face a range of threats – societal, technological, environmental, corruption, political and security. Control Risks can provide support from conceptualisation to the day-to-day running of your project. 

From market insights to compliance, security and resilience programmes, and responding to critical business issues, our experts have worked with some of the largest global companies in the real estate, built environment and infrastructure fields. 

Manage risks, build resilience

At Control Risks we bring a unique, integrated approach to projects in challenging and complex environments. We work with investors, advisors, developers, project managers, designers, engineers, infrastructure owners and operators, and occupiers to identify and mitigate physical and digital vulnerabilities through early assessment, improving the security and resilience of your assets. 

All our designs are threat-based and risk-commensurate. We use our own risk consulting team to design systems that are risk based and outcome focussed, ensuring they are operationally and economically efficient.

Our approach to security design engineering

Control Risks integrates with all the activities and design stages of your project. Our design consulting services are aligned with the RIBA plan of work stages. We take an integrated approach to protecting our clients’ important assets in challenging and complex environments. This approach provides multiple ‘layers’ of security designed and developed by Control Risks and facilitated by the early assessment of security risks.

Security Strategy

Step 1: Security strategy and concept design 
Conduct a familiarisation review of the project drawings and designs
Undertake a threat, vulnerability, and risk assessment 
Develop the security strategy
Develop the security concept design 

Developed Design Step 2: Developed design and coordination 
Develop the security design as part of the developed design process 
Carry out design coordination with the design team 
Technical Design Step 3: Technical design 
Develop the detail of the security design 
Produce technical specifications and drawings 
Pre-construction Tender Step 4: Pre-construction tender support 
Support the selection and appointment of a security installation contractor 
Construction Support Step 5: Construction support 
Support the supervision of security installation to ensure compliance with the specification, legislation, codes of practice and good working practices  
Completion Step 6: Completion 
Review and assess the installed security measures during the final work stage of the fit-out process 

Adding value throughout the project life cycle

Project conception

Key challenges: understanding the political, security, regulatory and governance, environmental and societal landscapes 

Control Risks approach: strategic risk assessment and resilience planning; ESG strategy development and implementation, and compliance and anti-corruption strategies

Fundraising and investment

Key challenges: compliance exposure due to regional and international regulation; loss of critical information; building investor confidence 

Control Risks approach: business intelligence and risk mitigation through stakeholder analysis; cyber risk consulting; transaction and asset due diligence 

Project inception and feasibility

Key challenges: integration of risk mitigation measures to help build resilience through the entire project life cycle 

Control Risks approach: defining security standards; actionable advice on project risk mitigation, business continuity and issues including supply chain resilience planning 

Project development

Key challenges: optimum balance of physical, technical and procedural security and integration with human factors 

Control Risks approach: developing risk-based, outcome-focussed security design solutions 


Key challenges: quality of security build and installation, corruption, fraud, theft and labour unrest, and political interference 

Control Risks approach: site supervision, quality assurance and security management support, on-going political, security and integrity risk monitoring 

Post completion

Key challenges: the threat of unrest, criminality, terrorism, anti-social behaviour and natural hazards, security governance and compliance 

Control Risks approach: provision of turn-key integrated security services including crisis management; operational security support and audit 

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