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PIlgrims will secure premises in Manchester © iStock

12 October 2017 | Marino Donati

Risk and security specialist Pilgrims Group has won a five-year contract to secure six premises across the UK for broadcaster ITV.

The five-year contract, worth £1.5 million a year, could increase to 10 years if key performance targets are met. 

Under the contract, Pilgrims will protect two premises in Manchester plus sites in Leeds, Norwich, Gateshead and Belfast. Locations include the new studios and set of TV series Coronation Street, as well as the set and forthcoming visitor experience for Emmerdale.


Pilgrims will provide services including manned guarding, event security, keyholding, alarm response, training, information and intelligence and consultancy. Pilgrims will also be responsible for the operation of control rooms, CCTV monitoring, remote management of the wider ITV estate and maintaining access and egress to and from sites.


Pilgrims Group said the new contract was of strategic importance, putting the company in a strong position to bid for work with media and other organisations operating sites nearby.


“ITV liked that we are a total security solution provider able to assist them as a global business partner and that we are able to deliver something bespoke which merges with their creative and open culture,” said David Freear, Pilgrims Group’s chief operating officer. “They were impressed with our commitment to the officers on the ground, our training, innovation and the technology platforms we have developed.”