Venture Security has been awarded a contract by English Heritage to look after the world famous monument.
Following a competitive tender earlier this year the Andover based firm is now providing static guarding for Stonehenge around the clock as well as security for the onsite visitor centre.
The specialist team is also providing security event for the summer and winter solstices as well as the two equinoxes held in spring and autumn.
The summer solstice attracts the biggest crowd, this year around 10,000 attended but numbers have been as high as 37,000 in recent years.
Jennifer Davies, head of historic properties at English Heritage, said, “When we put the contract out to tender, we were really impressed by the team at Venture Security. We could see that they understood the significance of the assignment and had the experience and dedication needed to deliver it.
“The fact Venture knows the area very well and uses locally based team members was really appealing. Plus they have extensive experience in crowd management and handling security for high profile public events, so they tick all the boxes for us.”
Venture’s guarding team at Stonehenge is made up of 12 SIA licensed security officers, with additional team members joining to support the security detail for the quarterly events as required.
Paul Howe, Venture Security managing director, commented, “We’re delighted to be working with English Heritage and to be looking after such an iconic site as Stonehenge. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with protecting a monument of such historic interest, ensuring it is preserved for generations to come.”