Visit of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

07 November 2016

The Securitas team were honoured to play their part in welcoming his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 3rd November 2016.

The Duke officially opened a new science building as part of a 45 minute visit which necessitated four weeks of detailed planning beforehand.

The new £50m four storey building houses laboratories, cutting-edge research technology and areas for informal learning and socialising. The project is a key milestone in the University’s 2020 vision and transformation of the College Lane campus.

The day began with Securitas Protective Services Officers securing car parks and taking over full control of access to the building. This ensured that nothing untoward could be placed inside following a full Police search by specialist officers and dogs.

Members of the Securitas team managed the movement of the Royal Party and VIP guests through the University to the meeting point, where more of the team welcomed the guests and ensured they were parked in the correct areas.  On the Duke's arrival uniformed officers were engaged in managing the crowd while non-uniformed staff took over the security inside of the building with guidance from the University’s Head of Security Services and the Royal Protection team.

Andrew May, Director of Estates and Hospitality, said that he was very pleased with how smoothly the visit had gone and that the Securitas team had done an excellent job. David Pike, Head of Education Sector for Securitas, commented that the Securitas staff had thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was superb to see the team rise to the occasion in such a professional and friendly manner in a role that was not familiar to them.

His Royal Highness was joined on his tour by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, Mr Stelio Stefanou the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Chief Constable Charlie Hall of Hertfordshire Constabulary and representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Hatfield Town Council and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.