Award-winning Glasgow Fort confirmed its place as one Scotland’s safest shopping centres as it added yet another accolade to its already impressive trophy cabinet in the Scottish round of this year’s British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Annual S

By March 19, 2007

At a prestigious ceremony held in Northampton today (March 14), the Glasgow Fort security officers were recognised in the ‘Best Team’ category for their ability in ensuring the park remains a safe and pleasant shopping and leisure destination for families and visitors to enjoy throughout the year.

It’s the fourth award to have been presented to the security team at Glasgow Fort ever since the park opened in October 2004.

In 2005 one of its officers, John Logan, was awarded the Scottish Security Industry Association’s Security Officer of the Year title and in 2006, two other officers were finalists. Also, the team has been recognised internally by Glasgow Fort’s parent company, British Land, in terms of setting the benchmark for the firm’s other shopping centres’ security teams to aspire to.

Phil Goodman, centre manager at Glasgow Fort, said:

“This is another tremendous success for the security team who are a valuable asset in making Glasgow Fort such an enjoyable and secure shopping experience for all our visitors and retailers. Winning the award demonstrates their sheer professionalism and it’s refreshing to see that their efforts have paid off in terms of the minimal level of crime the park enjoys.
 
“It’s also a huge privilege to be recognised as one of Scotland’s safest shopping centres. Well done to the security team for all their hard efforts and eagle eyes.”

Paul Leary, Operations Director for Scotland and the North of England for the Vision Security Group which provides security officers to Glasgow Fort, said the officers operate a zero tolerance system and take the security of the site personally.

The BSIA’s Security Officer Awards are presented regionally throughout the UK, with the winners going forward to the national judging phase. The national winners will be presented with their awards by Sir Ronnie Flanagan GBE MA, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary on July 11 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

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Notes to editors
Glasgow Fort is an award-winning out-of-town shopping experience. A shopping destination in every sense, Glasgow Fort offers the unique experience of high street shopping in a convenient location with 1900 free car parking spaces. Alongside leading brand names such as Next, The Early Learning Centre and Zara, the park also boasts the first Asda Living, Thornton’s Chocolate Heaven in Scotland, a JJB Fitness Club, a number of restaurants and includes one of the most well equipped crèche and children’s party centres for a shopping park in Scotland.
                               
Situated just off junction 10 of the M8, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park is also striking for its architectural design. Constructed in a horseshoe shape, it literally mirrors a traditional high street layout and provides nearly 400,000 sq ft of retail space.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 9am-6.30pm; Sun 10am-6pm
Hercules is the UK’s largest specialist property unit trust, with a property portfolio valued at in excess of £2.7 billion and comprising 22 retail parks (at 30th September 2005), including Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, Glasgow; Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park, Edinburgh and New Mersey Retail Park in Speke, Liverpool.  The portfolio totals over 5.4 million sq ft of retail park space and key tenants include Next, Boots, Arcadia, Marks & Spencer, Argos, WH Smith, Sports World, MFI and B&Q.
Details of the properties held in The Hercules Unit Trust are available at www.britishland.com.
Pillar Property Management Limited, property adviser to the Hercules Unit Trust, is a subsidiary of British Land.  British Land is the largest UK quoted property company with assets of £13.8bn as at 31 March 2005.  For more details visit www.britishland.com
Hercules was created in September 2000 as a closed-ended Jersey property unit trust to invest in properties in major retail warehouse or shopping park locations in the United Kingdom.  Its investment objective is to achieve an annual ungeared total return above the IPD Retail Warehouse Universe Benchmark over the life of the trust.  Hercules has an initial life of 10 years from September 2000, subject to any extension authorised by Hercules unitholders. 
The British Security Industry Association is the trade association covering all aspects of the professional security industry in the UK. Its 570 members provide over 70% of UK security products and services and adhere to strict quality standards. For more information see www.bsia.co.uk, email info@bsia.co.uk or telephone 0845 389 3889.

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14 March 2007