Case Studies

VPS helps AXA pre­vent ille­gal rave and mul­ti-mil­lion pound

The rapid response and tenac­i­ty of VPS, The Vacant Prop­er­ty Spe­cial­ists helped to pre­vent an ille­gal New Years Eve rave from tak­ing place in a 100,000 sq ft ware­house facil­i­ty at Park Roy­al, Lon­don. It enabled the police to arrest the alleged organ­is­er of the event and avert­ed poten­tial­ly mul­ti-mil­lion pounds worth of dam­age to the property.


VPS helps Bolton char­i­ty dri­ve home improvements

Bolton at Home has to ensure that prop­er­ties are cleared of rub­bish, made secure if nec­es­sary, and then cleaned so they are ready for the new occu­pants. Some­times the changeover of a ten­ant can mean that a prop­er­ty can be vacant for a peri­od of time. As a result, vacant prop­er­ties can be a tar­get for crim­i­nals and blight local communities. 


24 hr rapid response to secure and pro­tect 51 depots across the UK

As a result of con­tin­ued loss­es, Ernst & Young LLP were appoint­ed admin­is­tra­tors of City Link Lim­it­ed and City Link (Prop­er­ties) No.1 Lim­it­ed on Decem­ber 24th 2014. City Link’s net­work includ­ed a fleet of 1,700 par­cel deliv­ery vehi­cles, a nation­al dis­tri­b­u­tion cen­tre, five region­al hubs and over 50 depots. They employed over 2,500 staff.


High­ways and Construction

Inno­v­a­tive, flex­i­ble secu­ri­ty com­pris­ing wire­less net­works of JCB Smart Tow­er® sys­tems, with advanced flu­id mesh con­nec­tiv­i­ty. A dynam­ic solu­tion that not only pro­tects the site but adds oper­a­tional val­ue for Costain Heads of Val­ley road improve­ment project.


Deter­ring crim­i­nal dam­age and squat­ters with live in Guardians

The for­mer Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police Sta­tion, sit­u­at­ed on Bal­lards Lane in Finch­ley, sits on a site of 0.47 acres. With devel­op­ment plans sub­mit­ted to cre­ate a 53-home res­i­den­tial scheme and pro­vide much need­ed homes in the area, the prop­er­ty sat emp­ty while await­ing plan­ning permission.


Pro­tect­ing land and prop­er­ty from unau­tho­rised use for raves, squat­ting or trav­ellers’ sites

Land and prop­er­ties which fall vacant need to be secured from the moment they become vacant to the point at which they are re-let or sold. VPS have devel­oped arange of inte­grat­ed solu­tions specif­i­cal­ly designed to help landown­ers reduce the risk of ille­gal use, or the estab­lish­ment of unau­tho­rised trav­eller site on land not des­ig­nat­ed for that purpose. 


VPS deliv­ers val­ue for mon­ey and qual­i­ty ser­vices for one of the UK’s largest hous­ing organisations

Guin­ness North­ern Coun­ties pro­vides a wide range of ser­vices includ­ing care and sup­port, neigh­bour­hood invest­ment, hous­ing man­age­ment and rental or own­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties to res­i­dents in over 26,000 homes locat­ed in the North of England.\


Homes for Northum­ber­land appoint­ed VPS as part of a 2 month pilot scheme to improve the clean­ing and clear­ance of properties

Homes for Northum­ber­land require approx­i­mate­ly 650 prop­er­ties each year to be thor­ough­ly cleaned and cleared, often at short notice, after a ten­ant moves out, to ensure a prop­er­ty is clean, free of rub­bish and waste and ready for the next tenant.


VPS’ Smar­tA­larms instant­ly secure HSS Hire’s retail outlets

If the hard wired alarm sys­tems fail at any of HSS Hire’s branch loca­tions, it can leave the out­let in a vul­ner­a­ble posi­tion, with secu­ri­ty and insur­ance impli­ca­tions.
As all of its stores hold expen­sive tools and plant equip­ment, the com­pa­ny urgent­ly requires secu­ri­ty in the absence of bro­ken alarm systems.


VPS charged with help­ing Hum­ber­side police

Hum­ber­side Police Major Inci­dent Team reg­u­lar­ly deals with crimes of a vio­lent nature. While most crime scenes are cleared with­in 24 to 48 hours, a par­tic­u­lar mur­der required Hum­ber­side Police to keep the scene secure until after a post-mortem had been car­ried out on the deceased. 


VPS secures West Mid­lands indus­tri­al unit for JLL

JLL had a void indus­tri­al unit, approx­i­mate­ly 270,000 sq ft, locat­ed in West Mid­lands. The unit, which was owned by one of its most influ­en­tial cus­tomers, was orig­i­nal­ly being secured using two sta­t­ic guards, who were based with­in a wel­fare unit on site.


VPS Inspec­tions Team works along­side Lee Baron, ensur­ing prop­er­ties are well main­tained and secured

Lee Baron man­ages numer­ous prop­er­ties across theUK which need to be reg­u­lar­ly inspect­ed in order to com­ply with insur­ance reg­u­la­tions, oth­er­wise leav­ing its clients in a vul­ner­a­ble posi­tion. In order to ensure com­pli­ance is adhered to, Lee Baron required addi­tion­al assis­tance when mon­i­tor­ing vacant properties.


Lon­don Bor­ough of Lewisham calls on VPS to pro­vide Guardian ser­vices to secure decom­mis­sioned site

Squat­ting in the bor­ough was a real issue and as soon as the build­ing closed its doors it became a vis­i­ble tar­get. The local author­i­ty, in part­ner­ship with its secu­ri­ty
provider (CIS Secu­ri­ty) assessed the options avail­able and decid­ed to progress with VPS Prop­er­ty Guardians as the most suit­able and cost effec­tive method for secur­ing the property.


Pro­tect­ing a large site in an urban area requires a mul­ti-option secu­ri­ty solution

Ludgate House is a land­mark 11-storey com­mer­cial build­ing that sits by the Riv­er Thames on London’s South Bank. It was the head­quar­ters for the glob­al busi­ness events com­pa­ny UBM until 2015. Togeth­er with its neigh­bour­ing site Samp­son House, it now forms part of a 1.4m sq. ft. rede­vel­op­ment project by an inter­na­tion­al con­sor­tium that includes prop­er­ty devel­op­ers Native Land.


VPS clean and clears helps get Not­ting­ham homes back into use

There is a huge demand in Not­ting­ham for coun­cil accom­mo­da­tion, so it is essen­tial that all prop­er­ties are put back into cir­cu­la­tion as quick­ly as pos­si­ble
when they become emp­ty. Not­ting­ham City Homes cur­rent­ly repairs and main­tains around 2,500 emp­ty prop­er­ties every year. 


VPS helps to keep Odd­fel­lows’ prop­er­ty safe and secure

In 2011, a com­mer­cial prop­er­ty in Leigh, near­Man­ches­ter, was vacat­ed by its pre­vi­ous occu­pants. They had used the office accom­mo­da­tion to man­age their secu­ri­ty ser­vices oper­a­tions whilst the hard-stand­ing and garages on site were used to park and main­tain their vehi­cles. The loca­tion of the site meant that it was a prime tar­get for theft and vandals.


Giv­ing a com­mu­ni­ty a new lease of life: JCB Smart Tow­ers® help give crime-hit areas a bet­ter future

Greenock is locat­ed a few miles west of Glas­gow. The com­mu­ni­ty at the group of flats in Neil Street com­prised of a mixed group of res­i­dents, from the elder­ly and vul­ner­a­ble, through to the young and unem­ployed. Many res­i­dents felt that they had all but lost their fight against years of van­dal­ism, anti-social behav­iour and intim­i­da­tion, to the point where they believed their homes could be con­sid­ered for demolition.


Manned Guards vs Tech­nol­o­gy — A free risk assess­ment led to a 60% sav­ing in costs

A nation­al man­ag­ing agent from Sav­ills, the glob­al real estate ser­vices provider, con­tact­ed VPS over spi­ral­ing costs of a manned guard and dog placed at a site in York­shire. VPS con­duct­ed a free site risk assess­ment that includ­ed a full site cov­er­age report and details about the imme­di­ate envi­ron­ment and the sur­round­ing area, before sub­mit­ting a com­pre­hen­sive pro­pos­al of recommendations. 


Rais­ing the Bar: Imag­i­na­tive solu­tion wins praise at it secures site and improves envi­ron­ment in busy shop­ping location

Large vacant restaurant/​club premis­es in Northamp­ton shop­ping cen­tre. It is wider than a stan­dard dou­ble-sized retail unit with three entrance doors at the front, two of which have tiled porch­es open to the street that are two metres deep. These recess­es were used by rough sleep­ers to sleep and live in.


The Pro­tec­tion of a Her­itage Site

Hick­le­ton Hall is an impres­sive Grade II list­ed Geor­gian coun­try house with 64 bed­rooms, con­struct­ed in 1748 with slate roofs, a sev­en-bay frontage and flank­ing pavil­ions. The chal­lenge for VPS was to pre­serve grounds, the build­ing and its asso­ci­at­ed fab­ric so that the progress and val­ue of the sale of the Hall would not be hindered.


VPS helps Tesco pro­tect vacant prop­er­ties await­ing plan­ning approval

Tesco acquires all types of prop­er­ties across a diverserange of sites to devel­op into a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent store for­mats. These range from pubs, retail premis­es, church­es or vacant build­ings which often require plan­ning per­mis­sion for a change of use. While this is tak­ing place vacant prop­er­ties face a risk from tres­passers, van­dal­ism and crim­i­nal activ­i­ty, which can in turn have a neg­a­tive impact on local communities.


Tow­er­ing CCTV for Ryder Cup

Topher Ltd expe­ri­enced work­ing with VPS Site Secu­ri­ty when they had cho­sen them to sup­port their pro­tec­tion facil­i­ties at a music fes­ti­val in the sum­mer of 2014. From the suc­cess of that event, when Topher won the oppor­tu­ni­ty to man­age the TV and media com­pound at the pres­ti­gious Ryder Cup, they again chose to work with VPS Site Security.


Bulk Waste Col­lec­tion Services

As a tier one waste car­ri­er we pro­vide bulk waste col­lec­tion and man­age­ment ser­vices to a wide range of client organ­i­sa­tions through­out the UK on a sched­uled and reac­tive basis. Aligned to our own sus­tain­abil­i­ty poli­cies and prac­tices, our pri­ma­ry aim is to min­imise the vol­ume of waste sent to land­fill and max­imise the re-use and recy­cling of items, sup­port­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in which we live and work wher­ev­er possible. 


VPS helps Coun­cil to pro­tect prop­er­ties for sale

Wilt­shire Coun­cil was cre­at­ed in 2009, fol­low­ing the merg­er of Wilt­shire Coun­ty Coun­cil and three local Dis­trict Coun­cils, and serves a pop­u­la­tion of around 471,000 peo­ple. Fol­low­ing the sub­se­quent ratio­nal­i­sa­tion that took place as part of the Coun­cil merg­er, around a dozen Coun­cil-owned prop­er­ties were vacat­ed and put up for sale, includ­ing a farm­house, office blocks and two adult train­ing centres.


VPS repair and pro­tect Wrex­ham school from grow­ing mould problem

Ysgol Estyn Com­mu­ni­ty School, Wrex­ham, was built in 1905.After more than 100 years of use, areas of the school began to devel­op sub­stan­tial mould growth, caused by inef­fec­tive insu­la­tion and damp, which bad­ly affect­ed the fab­ric of the building.