CIS Security chosen by GVA to protect extensive Midlands and South West property portfolio

Brindleyplace in Birmingham

Brindleyplace in Birmingham

Building and facilities management specialist GVA (formerly Bilfinger GVA) has appointed CIS Security to provide security services at a number of its sites across the South West and the Midlands. Those sites include Victoria Square House in Birmingham, Brindleyplace (dubbed Birmingham’s ‘premier business address’) and Bristol’s Temple Quay.

Worth approximately £6 million for the duration of the deal, the contract will see CIS Security realising its security services at over ten properties, among them a number of stand-out developments. One such site is GVA’s flagship Brindleyplace, a destination known for its stylish mix of old and new buildings and abundance of picturesque leisure spaces including squares and waterside locations with retail and cultural attractions.

In truth, Brindleyplace has been described as one of the most impressive and successful inner city mixed-use developments in the country.

Aside from Brindleyplace, CIS Security will be providing its services for Birmingham’s Axis building, with occupants including Ofsted and English Heritage, and Victoria Square House (one of Virgin Trains’ key office locations).

The portfolio’s reach extends throughout Cheltenham, Cannock, Exeter and Cardiff and also includes the historic Temple Quay, another of GVA’s outstanding mixed use developments in Bristol. Temple Quay boasts architecture by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and is home to Entrepreneurial Spark, a UK-wide ‘business incubator’ network for the most promising of start-up companies. 

Speaking about the new contract, Amanda McCloskey (sales and marketing director of CIS Security) informed Risk UK: “Having worked with GVA for over ten years now, CIS Security is proud to have been awarded this significant part of the company’s ever-growing portfolio. I see this as strengthening our partnership with a distinguished client and amplifying our national coverage, in turn increasing our visibility as a security service provider.”

Alan Prince of GVA responded: “We welcome CIS Security to this important part of our portfolio having been impressed with the company’s progressive approach and confident handling of contracts in other parts of our business. We very much look forward to working with CIS to continually improve both security and the customer experience at these important sites.”

About the Author
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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