Much more than an alternative to conventional security
Urban property developments benefit from our services. If empty buildings are due to be repurposed – whether by current or future owners – it is essential that they are looked after. Dot Dot Dot’s service is as reliable as conventional security: we understand that timeframes are fixed and important for developers. Our ISO 9001 approved systems ensure that we can be responsive to property owners’ needs. Moreover, our service can be a way for developers to demonstrate that they are responsible stewards of assets. Dot Dot Dot provides building management and housing in a way which contributes to social sustainability and placemaking.
Toynbee Hall is a charity which has given deprived communities a voice and provided access to free advice and support from its base in the heart of London’s East End since it was founded in 1884.
Over time, the charity became a housing provider, particularly for its own volunteers. In 2014, Toynbee Hall committed to a regeneration project, which includes both the refurbishment and extension of existing structures, and the insertion of new buildings. In 2015, longstanding tenants therefore needed to be re-housed, as redevelopment work neared its start-date.
Dot Dot Dot placed and managed 65 property guardians to secure 30 different properties; starting on 14th May 2015 and returning the keys on 29th March 2016. We used a holistic approach, going beyond providing security by guardian occupation: for large periods we were based on site and we also provided estates management service (fire alarm testing, waste management, litter picking).
- Combined savings on council tax and alternative security options of c.£80,000 over the course of the project.
- An overall total of 6,277 hours of volunteering were undertaken by our guardians, predominantly in and around the local area. This is the equivalent of three and a half years of full-time work.
- We ensured that the property deal proceeded on time. Toynbee Hall began decanting its long-term residents early in 2015. Property guardians moved in alongside tenants and in the final six months, Dot Dot Dot guardians were the sole occupants protecting the site. We received notice from Toynbee Hall on 29th February 2016 and the property was returned to them on time and without incident on 29th March 2016.
- We secured a diverse range of spaces, including commercial units. Due to the piecemeal development of buildings and spaces within the charity, guardians moved into one bed flats, bedsits and unadapted commercial units. We secured all of these spaces without incurring further costs for the property owner.