bulletexplosion resistant proofBallistic and Blast Guard Houses                               

Architectural Armour manufacture bespoke Bullet and Blast Resistant Guard Houses and components to meet customer requirements.  Utilising our certified bullet resistant window, wall and door products we are able to offer ballistic protection to the highest levels of BS EN 1522, BS EN 1063, NIJ0108.01 and UL752.  Blast protection is offered for terrorist vehicle and hand delivered explosive events to more onerous petrochemical standards with location threats of 12psi blasts with duration at 200ms and the large resultant peak reflected pressures.

On going political, criminal and terrorist threats in today’s world requires protection against the ballistic, blast and blast fragmentation threats utilised around the globe.  The most significant terrorist threat comes from international terrorism with its ambitions to mount high impact attacks designed to gain media coverage and often result in mass casualties or damage to assets .

Perimeter Security  

All perimeters will require points of access and for secure perimeters, this is the optimal location for Guard Houses and Guard Booths.  Staff controlling access at the perimeter provides maximum stand-off, which reduces the risk to the assets/personnel located within the site and maximises the opportunity to respond to a threat.  

         Perimeter Security Fence

Threats to Guards 

Access points, by their nature, provide channels for people, vehicles and materials to move through the perimeter.  Consequently, they are vulnerable to a wide range of hostile activity such as an attack using a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device or an attack involving a specified number of adversaries, armed with of firearms, ammunition, improvised explosive devices etc. 

Operational Security 

Security Guards are needed to fulfil a number of everyday operations as well as responding to actual threats which typically include:

Surveillance and monitoring of the perimeter as well as within and beyond it
Access control measures to permit the entry of authorised personnel 
Procedural control measures to permit the entry of vehicles, materials and deliveries 
Hostile vehicle mitigation 
Search and screening of people, their belongings, vehicles, materials and deliveries Emergency egress/access requirements, such as evacuation
Detecting and verifying an attack
Initiating the response
Preventing the attack from reaching the asset
Apprehending the attackers and prevent further progress of the attack
Minimise the consequences of an attack


Providing a fit for purpose Guard House will assist in ensuring the safety of those who guard the first line of defence to any secure facility.  Enabling the security personnel inside to respond, initiate emergency procedures, protect property and save lives.  Architectural Armour are able to offer modern insulated, functional guards houses and booths that keep security guards comfortable as well as secure and able to for-fill their role in securing assets and personnel.

Guard House Windows & Doors for Concrete & Brick Structures 

Not all customers or specifiers have the need for a portable guard house and prefer a permanent structure of concrete or masonry.  An example of these are the guard house designs within the security directives for industrial buildings within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia outlined by the High Commission for Industrial Security.  Architectural Armour designed and manufactured compliant over 70 guard house windows and 20+ doors for a large scale security project near Jeddah.  The ballistic specification was NIJ0108.01 below are some early design details together with site photos of our management and staff installing.

          Security Gate House   NIJ Guard House PlanDesign of NIJ Guard HouseGuard House Brick

Upgrades to Existing Guard Houses

Many facilities have existing guard houses in place and would prefer to upgrade rather than replace.  Architectural Armour have lots of experience of assisting customers to achieve the required level of ballistic protection which ranges from armouring non ballistic structures to increasing the ballistic protection and functionality of others.

           Guard House Ballistic upgrade    Ballistic upgrade of Guard House      Guard House Upgrade

Prefabricated Guard Houses

Many customers do not have the time and operational ability to construct new masonry or concrete walled guard house structures, preferring a pre fabricated modular guard house the can be delivered and dropped onto a concrete pad, connected to services and used immediately.  Architectural Armour can manufacture these bespoke units to match the ballistic and blast resistance you require.  Typically these units are pre fitted with power, internal and external lighting, HVAC and connections to services.

Architectural Armour offer a range of bullet resistant products to different standards, please click the relevant link below to find out more; 

Ballistic/Bullet Resistant Products

Stock items 

Bullet Boards                                                                     A selection of ballistic grade walling sheets  

BR6  Guard House Transaction Window             Flat fronted Ballistic Window with opening drawer for document transfer. 

Bullet Resistant Transaction Window                    Exterior / Interior Bullet Resistant Window with Electronic Speech , Ticket Window

Bullet Resistant Door Viewer                                     A full range of bulletproof / Resistant Door Viewers / Peepholes / Spyholes BR4 to BR6

All of the above can also be manufactured in bespoke sizes.

Other Ballistic/Bullet Resistant & Blast Products

Security Counters and Screens                      Physical, Ballistic or Blast Resistant Counters for any application to keep staff secure 

Ballistic Vents/Louvres                                         Bespoke products designed to allow passage of air whilst offering bullet and blast protection

Armoured Steel                                                         Ballistic grade steel for incorporation into walls and other security products 

Explosion Vents and Rupture Panels             Safety devices used to contain an explosive blast effect within a building.

Bullet Resistant Windows                                   A range of ballistic rated windows manufactured to quality standard ISO 9001.

Blast Windows                                                          Blast windows to protect against terrorist attacks and longer petrochemical explosions

Bullet Resistant Doors                                         A range of fully tested and certified ballistic single and double doors. 

Blast Resistant Doors                                           Steel manufactured doors offering blast protection to buildings

Bullet Resistant Glass                                          Bulletpproof / Resistant Armoured glass to resist from handguns to rifles 

Blast Resistant Glass                                            Laminated Blast resistant Glass to incorporate into Blast Windows and Doors

Armoured Shipping  Containers                    Converted & Armoured New Containers to provide ballistic refuge in case of attack 

Panic Rooms                                                             Modular or Certified wall, Window and Doors 

Ballistic Technical Specifications

EN 1063               Glass in Building - Security Glazing - Testing and Classification of Resistance Against Bullet Attack

UL 752                   Standard for Bullet-Resisting Equipment

BS 5051                Bullet-resistant glazing - Part 1:  for interior use- Part 2: for Exterior use

NIJ 0108.01      US National Institute of Justice Standard-Test and Certification for Ballistic Resistant Materials

EN 1522/3          Windows, doors, shutters and blinds - Bullet resistance - Requirements and classification /Test method

Blast Specifications

GSA-TS01:2003     Standard Test Method for Glazing and Window Systems Subject to Dynamic Overpressure Loadings

EN 13541                   Glass in building - Security glazing - Testing and classification of resistance against explosion pressure 

EN 13123-2               Windows, doors and shutters - Explosion resistance - Requirements and classification

ISO 16933:2007  Glass in Building -- Explosion-Resistant Security Glazing -- Test & Classification for Arena Air-Blast Loading


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Split Height Transaction Window Duo 

Using experience on previous projects and customers requirements we have designed a split height transaction window offering standing and DDA access to reception and data centre environments.

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For more information and pricing please contact our office on info@architecturalarmour.com or +44(0)1981 257000



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Increased Stock for Express Delivery

We have increased our range of stock transaction windows to six units , ready for express dispatch.

Our range of transaction windows include, physical attack resistant and bullet resistant internal and external models. Please see below an outline of our products.

Architectural Armour are offering standard stock items and bespoke orders to suit.  Please contact us on +44(0) 1981 257000 



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