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ISC awarded security contract at Brent Civic Centre: ‘Britain’s Greenest Building’

Integrated Security Consultants (ISC) has been awarded the contract to provide a range of security services at Brent Civic Centre, the new headquarters of Brent Council which has been heralded as Britain’s greenest building and is managed by Bilfinger Europa Facility Management.

ISC is to supplement Bilfinger Europa Facility Management’s security operation by providing security teams for the building’s special events, including Bent Council-hosted receptions and public meetings, as well as an enhanced security presence in the building at key times (eg for match or concert days at the neighbouring Wembley complex facilities).

“We’re delighted to have been chosen to support Bilfinger Europa Facility Management in serving this modern and iconic building,” explained ISC’s managing director Pat Carr. “The building presents a number of security challenges, including its mix of public and private usage alongside a close proximity to two of the UK’s busiest sporting and entertainment venues.”

Brent Civic Centre: dubbed 'Britain's greenest building'

Brent Civic Centre: dubbed ‘Britain’s greenest building’

Carr added: “We look forward to providing a service that balances the needs of Brent Council, its guests and its VIP visitors with those of the general public who use the facilities on a daily basis. This contract represents further diversification in our customer base, which historically consists of a significant number of clients across the entertainment sector.”

Experience in multi-agency communication

Carr believes ISC was chosen for the contract because of its experience in multi-agency communication at Wembley Stadium, where the company also provides integral security services.

“As security partner at Wembley, we manage the day-to-day needs of a large complex and all of the associated challenges that come with that,” explained Carr, “whether it’s for a select few VIP guests attending a corporate function or for 90,000 people on a major event day.”

Mike Munro, account director at Bilfinger Europa, commented: “ISC’s breadth of experience, and the fact that the company already looks after iconic buildings in this proximity, demonstrates its expertise in managing diverse security requirements for complex buildings. ISC’s team is extremely customer-facing and experienced in handling a diverse range of customers in an appropriate manner. We’re delighted to be working with them.”

As part of the globally operating engineering and service group Bilfinger SE of Germany, Bilfinger Europa Facility Management is a leading property and infrastructure support services business operating right across the UK. The organisation employs over 3,300 staff, has a turnover in excess of £180 million and provides property and support services to businesses and public sector organisations alike (among them the Civil Aviation Authority, CPS, L’Oreal, BP, Barclays and Alexandra Palace).

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IPSA and the QICSS sign historic membership agreement

On Wednesday 25 June 2014, the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) signed an historic agreement in Doha, Qatar with the Qatar International Centre for Safety and Security (QICSS). The agreement provides for graduates from QICSS security-related courses to be automatically enrolled as individual members with IPSA for 12 months, with options to extend their membership thereafter.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Doha, Mike White – IPSA’s chairman – explained: “This is an historic moment for IPSA. We already have many members within the region, and this will allow us to be at the forefront of professional representation as the Qatari private security industry continually grows and develops.”

IPSA's chairman Mike White and Khalid Omran of QICS exchanging signed copies of the agreement

IPSA’s chairman Mike White and Khalid Omran of QICS exchanging signed copies of the agreement

White continued: “These are exciting times for Qatar. We’re very proud to be associated with our professional colleagues at the QICSS, and we look forward to working with them in the future on developing new members and helping and supporting both the Centre and our members wherever and whenever we can.”

Speaking on behalf of the QICSS, CEO Khalid Omran stated: “This is a key moment for the private security industry in Qatar. We’re looking forward to working with our IPSA partners in the years to come.”

All you need to know about… IPSA

The International Professional Security Association is a membership body for individuals and companies working in security and associated roles.

The Association was formed over 50 years ago to ensure professionalism in the management of security operations. As an established and recognised worldwide professional organisation, IPSA provides a specialist service to industry and commerce. There are no geographical boundaries in terms of its operation, and the highest technical standards are stringently applied in all of its dealings.

The Association operates within the framework of 14 regions which include many in overseas territories.

IPSA is an independent body controlled and paid for by its members. Membership is available to:

*Persons wholly employed in the industry
*Persons who are preparing to come into the industry (ie police officers, members of the Armed Forces and students, etc)
*Security guarding companies
*Door supervisors
*Businesses engaged in the manufacture or supply of security equipment
*Training companies
*Organisations who employ their own security staff

IPSA offers membership to those employed in industrial or commercial security and to those companies who supply services or materials used in connection with industrial or commercial security. The Association also provides a number of training courses for security personnel and management.

For further information visit: http://www.ipsa.org.uk

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