Global Guardians: Review of the Year 2016

Posted on December 7, 2016.

2016 has seen Global Guardians continue to grow our scope and influence across the property guardians' sector. The year has been a revolutionary one for the UK's political class and the shockwaves have, inevitably, been felt in the UK property sector. Throughout all this, Global Guardians are proud to have adapted, continuing to ensure we offer our insight and expertise to both property owners and aspiring guardians alike. The year has seen property guardianship continue to increase its profile in the national press, with both positive and negative publicity surrounding the role and regulation of the industry. Much of the negative press coverage has (unsurprisingly) related to the overall condition and suitability of  properties as living spaces: are converted commercial buildings offering sufficient comfort and adequate provision of utilities, among other things? As we look forward to a new year, Global Guardians have sought to lead the way in re-enforcing a positive narrative of property guardianship, and its cost-saving potential in a property market where both owners and licencees face spiraling costs. Property guardianship has seen its profile grow as a "third way" for those buying and renting is proving expensive. Likewise, we continue to be the cheaper alternative to investors and owners faced with an empty property and potentially steep ongoing security costs. Here are just some of the ways we have worked to increase our profile and add to the national conversation within the UK commercial property sector.

Estates Gazette

Our work with Estates Gazette has seen us partner with them in a number of capacities, including sponsoring some of their events. These have included.
  • Asset Management: At the Estates Gazettes Asset Management Conference, we took part in a series of seminars and discussions which dealt with questions such as how to achieve growth in your property management portfolio and the ramifications for property owners when government-authorised changes to business rates finally take effect.
  • Development: the Development summit on 10th November this year saw questions asked about the role of new technology and the overall future direction of the property industry, as well as general discussions about building on green belts, sustainability and infrastructure challenges.
  • The Workplace: the most recent Workplace summit was an opportunity for property developers and architects to discuss some of the innovations which will change the landscape of commercial property over the coming years. The workplace summit put Global Guardians at the forefront of attempts to understand occupier requirements, and how technology and the changing nature of work will change the commercial property sector.


We were proud to be both partners and participants at the MIPIM exhibition this year. We took part in a wide range of exciting discussions about the future of the commercial property industry, including (as ever) the impact of Brexit and to further explore how we can continue to be market leaders in the property guardian industry. global-guardians-mipim-uk Our Security Director Stuart Woolgar was part of a panel alongside representatives from Knight Frank, Aviva Investments and Just Park.

Develop Croydon

This year, Global Guardians were proud to be partners with the Develop Croydon scheme, which is a £5.25 billion scheme to regenerate Croydon and South London, primarily through the construction of a new retail & leisure complex, eight new hotels, 2 million square ft of office space and over 8,000 new homes. In January of this year, Global Guardians hosted an event entitled "Enhancing Croydon" wherein we showcased the work we have been doing to help regenerate the area, primarily through the occupation of derelict buildings whilst they lie vacant. As an added bonus, our property guardians have also done voluntary work in the area, performing tasks such as gardening and decorating as part of their residencies within the property. One of the many properties being maintained by Global Guardians is Electric House, a building previously used by the Home Office. Councillor Toni Letts, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for the economy and jobs, said at the time: “Electric House is a unique building in Croydon and the guardians are keeping it alive". In addition...
  • Our security director Stuart Woolgar celebrated his 10th year in the property guardian industry.
  • We launched our new CRM webportal MyGlobe
  • We increased both our building and property intake, as well as adding over 1,500 new Guardians to our roster.

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