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Secure Empty Property becomes a one-stop-shop for Hawthorn Leisure

Secure Empty Property Limited has been awarded a three-year nationwide service agreement with Hawthorn Leisure, the pub operations arm of NewRiver REIT plc.

The specialist vacant property security contractor has been supporting the Hawthorn property team for over five years providing temporary physical and electronic security to mitigate risks of vandalism, arson, squatting, fly-tipping and traveler occupation to vacant pubs.

The acquisition of Hawthorn Leisure by NewRiver in May 2018 had resulted in a fragmented supply-chain over the Group for these specialist services. The approach to security was fragmented and so a competitive tender was issued to consolidate services to a single nationwide supplier.

As well as providing specialist security products and technology, Secure Empty Property is able to ensure full compliance with unoccupied property insurance policy conditions. This requires lock changes, drain down of water systems and isolation of utilities together with regular inspections to each site. In addition, Secure Empty Property can deliver ‘safe start’ compliance certification for new tenancies for Legionella, Gas Safe and Electrical Installation Condition Reports – EICR.

Andrew Cannons – Property & Facilities Director for Hawthorn Leisure commented: “Our long-term relationship with Secure Empty Property has borne fruit over many years creating a close working partnership. Although it was important to approach the market in this tender to seek the most competitive prices, reliability and excellent responsive service is also critical. And we are confident that Secure Empty Property can deliver a one-stop-shop for Hawthorn Leisure over the coming years as our pub portfolio grows.”

Secure Empty Property Chief Executive Simon Broadbent added: “We are delighted to have successfully won this three year contract with our important client Hawthorn Leisure. As we develop our wider Property Asset Management services and introduce new security technology, we are confident that we will drive increasing efficiencies in closed house disposals and refurbishment programmes.”

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