The UK’s leading vacant property and security specialist, VPS and their sister company VPS Site Security, have uniquely been shortlisted in two categories this year for Security Excellence honours, following on from their selection for the British Construction Industry Awards.
“We’re delighted to have won through to the SecurityEx finals twice over.” Says Anthony Owen, Managing Director of VPS. “VPS Site Security is shortlisted for Security Project of the Year, for its innovative design combining the latest technologies with mobile patrols to protect a Costain highways construction project in South Wales.”
“VPS itself is in the Large Security Installer category, with an entry that included securing 51 CityLink depots stretching from Aberdeen to Southampton, all on New Year’s Eve. I’m very proud that our staff’s expertise and hard work continues to gain recognition, and ensures VPS remains the leader in the field by a country mile. No other specialist in our sector has been shortlisted once, let alone twice.”
In their seventeenth year, the Security Excellence Awards have consistently broken new ground in highlighting the very best people, projects and processes the UK’s security sector has to offer. The high calibre Judging Panel – including representatives from all areas of security & fire, the world of academia and the policing sector – will determine this year’s Winners, who will be announced at the Awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on November 25th.
Last week, VPS Site Security issued a case study on the £150 million Costain construction site along 14 kilometres of highway. The ‘Heads of Valleys’ road in South Wales is undergoing major improvements. It presents significant engineering and environmental challenges for safe traffic management and the protection of equipment.
VPS Site Security developed an innovative connectivity network, using wireless fluid-mesh communications linking 18 of its award-winning JCB Smart Towers®, supported by a mobile monitoring station. It provides not only early alerts to traffic flow problems – allowing any vehicle breakdown to be responded to immediately – but also protects the materials and equipment along the site.
Last New Year’s Eve, administrators Ernst and Young (EY) called VPS after a major parcel courier company collapsed, leaving unprotected 1.6 million square feet of space, over 30,000 undelivered parcels and 51 depots around the UK. VPS secured and alarmed the City Link depots within 24 hours of receiving the instruction from EY.
Earlier this year, VPS Site Security was also shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Awards for product Innovation for the Building sector.