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CBRE extends contract with Axis Security at major Rathbone Square development

by Brian Sims

CBRE has renewed its contract with Axis Security such that the latter will continue to provide security services at the new Rathbone Square development in central London. CBRE has been working with Axis Security at Rathbone Square since the beginning of 2017 when the development was still in its construction phase.

Located just north of Oxford Street, Rathbone Square is a 2.5-acre estate which includes the new UK home for social media giant Facebook, as well as 142 private residential apartments, a carefully curated retail site featuring shops and restaurants and a landscaped public square.

Facebook officially moved in to the 240,000 sq ft building last December, with capacity for 2,000 employees working across six floors of Grade A office space. Given such a high-profile client, the security officers on site have to deal with a number of issues, including the physical management of external media.

The Axis Security team at Rathbone Square comprises of a core group of 13 security staff. All employees were hand-selected and recruited by Axis Security.

Eleanor Petch, CBRE’s operations manager at Rathbone Square, informed Risk UK that Axis Security has performed above expectations. “Rathbone Square has been a continually-changing project over the last year. The Axis Security team was mobilised during the construction phase and has proven to be extremely useful in helping to manage multiple contractors. The team has demonstrated excellent knowledge and experience and adapted impressively to all of the challenges and demands faced. We had no hesitations in renewing the contract.”

David Mundell, managing director at Axis Security, responded: “The team at Rathbone Square deserves great credit. To have this contract extended is recognition of the impressive work our team has been doing. It has been a difficult challenge, but the team, brought together from a number of different sites, has bonded into a cohesive unit that has proved it’s ability to handle the demands of such a high-profile development.”

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