Axis Security awarded contract for guarding services at London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral

Axis Security, the provider of bespoke security services, was recently awarded the prestigious contract to provide security guarding services to St Paul’s Cathedral, one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

While St Paul’s Cathedral is, as stated, one of the most famous and recognisable sights in the capital, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, it’s primarily a place of worship and, that being the case, a discreet and customer-focused service is essential.

A team of Axis Security officers with a supervisor is now employed to help secure the Cathedral seven days a week, with duties including visitor bag checks and mobile patrols.

Martin Fletcher, Clerk of the Works at St Paul’s Cathedral, informed Risk UK that the Axis Security team has quickly become an extension of the client’s own internal management team.

“While the officers’ primary function is the security of the Cathedral,” stated Fletcher, “we’ve received numerous comments from both visitors and our own staff alike on the professional, yet friendly way in which the Axis Security team members perform their roles.”

The contract was awarded to Axis Security as a result of the business’ excellent reputation in providing security guarding services at neighbouring Paternoster Square, where the dedicated estate security team is part of the Business Security Forum directly supporting the City of London Police.

David Mundell, managing director of Axis Security, believes the St Paul’s Cathedral contract win is a significant achievement, and the result of very careful planning.

“The team was handpicked to include extremely capable security officers who have become genuine ambassadors for the Cathedral and Axis Security,” explained Mundell. “We’re very proud to be working with the management team at St Paul’s Cathedral and helping to protect such an iconic London landmark.”

The present St Paul’s Cathedral is the masterpiece of Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. It was built between 1675 and 1710 following its predecessor’s demise in the Great Fire of London, and since then its great dome has dominated London’s skyline.

Services held at St Paul’s Cathedral over the years have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Margaret Thatcher, the Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II and peace services organised to mark the cessation of both the First and Second World Wars.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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