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Press Release

Security contract extension with Somerset House

by Interserve Press Office | Dec 11, 2013

Somerset HouseInterserve's specialist manned guarding and security business, First Security, has been awarded a contract extension with Somerset House, the major arts and cultural centre in London. The contract, which has been in place since 1999, has been extended until 2015.

The two-year extension – which is valued at circa £1 million - will see First Security continue to deliver manned guarding and a number of new services at Somerset House, which is home to the Coulthard Institute of Art, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Services include cover for control rooms on both sides of the location, patrolling, goods received, and customer-facing officers to assist visitors to the site. New to the contract is the delivery of manned guarding solutions and a receptionist service for a recently refurbished wing of the building.

Tony Byrne, Managing Director at First Security said: "First Security is delighted to extend their contract with Somerset House, one of London's premier visitor attractions. The services we provide in protecting visitors, staff and property in such a diverse and busy location enables First Security to demonstrate their flexibility and customer service to all parties."

Mark Hone, Facilities Manager at The Courtauld Institute of Art added: "First Security is an expert in its field and our requirement for both manned guarding and management of the wider site security has been delivered consistently over the years. In addition, First Security is able to offer support and guidance on a variety of security related matters. The protection of people and property is our priority, and the relationship with First Security is very much a partnership. We have confidence in First Security, and ultimately we trust them."

First Security also provides officers for numerous internal and external events at Somerset House, ranging from private weddings to large premier parties, including providing security officers at London Fashion Week.

Angela Sayers, Operations Manager at First Security, said: "Somerset House was impressed with First Security's performance at the Jewellery Week and Goldsmiths' design exhibitions in June this year, which has given them confidence in us to deliver additional premier events.

"This contract extension is an excellent example of how First Security continues to deliver high standards of security solutions and support our client."

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For further information please contact:

Nigel Charlesworth
Head of Corporate Communications
0118 960 2332/07824 482 585
nigel.charlesworth@interserve.com

Emma Hemmings/Jane Woods
Edson Evers
01785 255146
emma@edsonevers.com or jane@edsonevers.com

About First Security

First Security, part of Interserve, the leading support services provider, has a reputation for exceptional service and excellence in manned guarding and security solutions. Our team of trained security professionals work across a range of prestigious client sites, both within London and nationwide. The eighth top security provider in the UK, First Security employs 2,500 manned guards and has a turnover in excess of £70 million.

General website: www.first-security.co.uk
Follow us @FirstSecurityUK

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. We are one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenue of £2.3 billion and a workforce of over 50,000 people worldwide.

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