Major contract wins announced by guarding specialists Ward Security and Mitie TSM

Ward Security has been appointed by Liberty Property Trust as the main security provider for the latter’s prestigious Kings Hill development near Maidstone in Kent, while facilities management specialist Mitie has been awarded a new security contract covering London’s prestigious Chelsea Harbour development.

The multifaceted Liberty Property Trust contract, which began on Tuesday 1 December, sees Ward Security manage part of the 800-acre former RAF site. Kings Hill is a mixed-use development which includes offices, homes, restaurants, sports and leisure facilities as well as parks and open spaces. Ward Security’s remit is to look after the business and retail areas of the development.

Kevin Ward, recently appointed as managing director at Ward Security, told Risk UK: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to manage the commercial areas of the Kings Hill development. It’s a large scale and complex project which we’re well placed to deliver on, given our many years of experience when it comes to providing security for prestigious and often unusual sites.”

Ward continued: “We pride ourselves on integrating seamlessly into communities that require a high level of visible, yet sensitive security, and in particular working with local authorities on parks and open space security, which is a key part of this new contract. Our remit will include working with the tenants and ensuring that our presence helps maintain a safe environment for all at Kings Hill.”

Ward Security has previously supplied security services to the development.

Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust, said: “As part of good estate management, we periodically review our various contractors to ensure best value for our business and retail tenants. We’re delighted that Ward Security is returning to look after them.”

Blevins concluded: “We’re confident that, as a national but local security provider, Ward Security offers the right approach and balance in its security provision which will be welcomed by all at Kings Hill.”

Security and cleaning contracts with Chelsea Harbour 

Meanwhile, Mitie has been awarded significant security and cleaning contracts with Chelsea Harbour Limited.

The contracts, worth more than £7.5 million over five years, involve Mitie’s security and cleaning teams working across the large estate to provide security guarding and cleaning solutions. The site, based in the south west of London near the River Thames, includes a marina, commercial offices and a residential estate.

Mitie was awarded the contract due to its tailored approach to the bidding process and “considerable investment” in cutting-edge technology. Innovations were introduced by Mitie that enhanced its bids. These included data-based solutions from the security team within the Total Security Management division, specifically driven by Mitie’s security, technology and innovation hub designated Mitec.

The client also stressed that Mitie’s management team demonstrated “great flexibility” in providing a “seamless and co-ordinated” approach.

Bob Forsyth, managing director of Mitie’s security and cleaning businesses, said: “We believe that investing in new technology is central to our service. It plays a key role in driving our business forward, so it’s great to see that customers have the same approach. By combining lean processes with new technology in security and cleaning, this demonstrates the confidence Chelsea Harbour Limited has in us as a solutions provider.”

Sailesh Siyani, head of estate operations at Chelsea Harbour Limited, added: “Mitie succeeded in securing its respective security and cleaning contract wins by dint of the importance the business so obviously places on people, technology and accountability. Mitie represents a ‘best fit’ in terms of supporting Chelsea Harbour’s strategic direction over the next five years, affording the flexibility needed for service provision at a mixed use site. We look forward to developing the improvement culture that has been brought into focus with this new contract.”

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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