The management team at The National Gallery in London has appointed Securitas Security Services UK as its chosen solutions partner for managing some visitor-facing and security staff services. The procurement process began back in July 2014, with the contract worth £40 million across a five-year period.
The partnership agreement with Securitas – which has a proven track record in security and visitor engagement roles within the arts and culture sector on the global stage – is one element of The National Gallery’s commitment to modernisation and a move that will enable the famed institution to operate with greater flexibility, in turn allowing the provision of an even better service to its six million-plus annual visitors.
The deal will also help to maintain The National Gallery’s esteemed position as one of the leading global art attractions in the UK.
The National Gallery is a public asset and, as such, its management team has a duty to ensure the collection housed within and the Gallery itself is accessible as often as possible and to as many people as possible.
The immediate key concern is to ensure that all National Gallery staff are kept fully informed about the partnership arrangement with Securitas, and that those individuals directly affected by this change are provided with all the relevant information and advice they may need.
No members of staff will be made redundant in this process while all affected personnel will continue to be paid the London Living Wage. Indeed, all affected personnel will have the option to move to Securitas with the same Terms and Conditions and remain a valued part of the National Gallery family (just like their fellow staff members who are employed by various organisations including DOC, Antenna and Peyton & Byrne, etc).
Experience and competency
Interestingly, The National Gallery is one of the last major national museums and galleries in the UK to appoint an external partner for managing its security services.
Sir Nicholas Penny, director of The National Gallery, explained: “The National Gallery needs an experienced and competent partner to support it now and into the future. We believe that Securitas is the best possible partner for us. This is the right decision for all of our staff members and for the future of our Gallery.”
In response, Brian Riis Nielsen (Country President and managing director at Securitas Security Services UK) said: “We’re delighted that The National Gallery has chosen Securitas as its future partner and we look forward to developing a strong partnership with both The National Gallery in general and its members of staff.”
As stated, Securitas has a proven track record in security and visitor engagement roles within the arts and culture sector. The business currently provides security-focused services for The Royal Armouries (Leeds), The National Gallery of Denmark, The National Gallery in Prague, The DDR Museum in Berlin, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Jewish Museum (Berlin), The Natural History Museum (again located in Berlin), Lille’s Museum of Modern Art and The Alhambra Museum in Granada.