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Published: November 21, 2017

BBC Studioworks Ltd, the commercial arm of the BBC which runs the broadcaster’s former White City studio complex in Shepherd’s Bush, London, has awarded Pilgrims the contract to provide a full range of security services.

The recently redeveloped complex offers studio space to broadcasters and hosts high profile productions such as the latest series of The Jonathan Ross Show.

Under the contract, which Pilgrims won in a tender process involving four other companies, the group provides security services including manned guarding and close-protection of VIP guests and celebrities.

The agreement follows the company’s success in securing a five year, six premises deal with ITV earlier this year (as announced in Beacon last month) and represents a significant expansion by the company in the broadcasting and media sectors. Other services provided by Pilgrims are: CCTV monitoring, front of house, reception, a full event management team for all shows broadcast at the studios (currently up to three per day); audience management and search roles (for events up to 500 people).

“We were chosen because we were able to offer a complete bespoke security solution,” says Pilgrims Senior Operations Manager, Anthony Wisdom. “The clients liked the fact that we were not just a security company but risk management specialists. They were impressed by our existing broadcast experience and our ability to produce the standard and emergency operating procedures both for the site and studios from scratch.”

“We are delighted to be working with BBC Studioworks and feel privileged they have put their faith in Pilgrims,” says David Freear, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. “This new role consolidates our growth in the broadcasting and media industries as clients in these sectors recognise how our multi-disciplined approach can enhance their operation.”