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East Shopping Centre is Secured by Design

East Shopping Centre is an indoor Asian shopping mall, in the heart of East London’s E7. The new centre was developed on the one-acre plus site of a former bus depot, which is a landmark in the area. It comprises 35 two-storey units, a 17-unit Souk (a smaller marketplace for retailers and local businesses) and a spacious food court. This multi-million pound project, spearheaded by ACR Investments Ltd, is set to generate 150-200 jobs.

As reported in The Newham Recorder, East Shopping Centre is Europe’s first purpose-built indoor boutique Asian shopping centre. Two years in the making, this stylish, modern shopping centre now complements the busy high street, which has one of the highest footfalls in the UK, and will cement Green Street as a go-to shopping destination. A large part of the ongoing planning process involved working closely with Newham Council, who provided guidance and assistance to create a unique shopping experience, which is eco-friendly, a hub for social gatherings and will create many new jobs.

Throughout the planning process and design of the development there were meetings with Designing Out Crime Officers Ian Heward and Christine Keen from the North East London team. Secured by Design’s Commercial standards were applied and the centre has incorporated Secured by Design accredited doors rated to LPS1175 SR2 and PAS24 glazing at the entrance to the development on Green Street. At the delivery entrance in Grangewood Street the perimeter is secured by a security gate, and controlled with an electronic access control system, ensuring a reduction of permeability within the centre. The units within the SOUK have security-rated grills and this area can be secured and segregated from the remainder of the shopping centre. Additionally, there is a dedicated CCTV system providing 60 cameras placed throughout the centre, which are monitored within a secure purpose built control centre. Finally, there is a Secured by Design residential unit occupied by dedicated caretaker within the development providing 24hr security cover.

This development shows that Secured by Design principles do not impede commercial design