Vacant Library Management

We have the facilities to efficiently manage a wide range of vacant buildings, whether they are privately owned or in the public domain. Our professional relationships extend to several public clients, including the NHS and local councils, who entrusted us to effectively secure schools, hospitals, libraries and more.

Libraries, in particular, present unique challenges due to their size and location, making them susceptible to vandalism and squatting. Instead of allocating substantial budgets to security measures, we offer practical and cost-neutral solutions, such as placing local key workers, professionals, and creative individuals to occupy and safeguard the space through property guardianship; all in exchange for affordable, conveniently located accommodation.

Furthermore, it’s important to note that property guardians do not impact planning considerations, and may even make you eligible for a reduction in business rates – allowing you to proceed with your plans whilst also benefiting the local community. In addition to property guardianship, we also offer traditional security guards, live-in caretakers and charitable occupation.

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We have found LOWE incredibly responsive and professional when dealing with our vacant properties. From the moment a building becomes vacant, they are able to move very fast, ensuring all compliance in place and occupying the properties with socially responsible guardians. We are given regular up to date reports and they maintain our properties to a very high standard.

Max Rankin


We have found working with LOWE a really positive experience for managing our vacant properties. They have a rigorous vetting process for their guardians, ensuring only the most socially responsible occupy our properties. In return, we are delighted that our vacant buildings can be used to provide young professionals and key workers, with safe, secure and affordable accommodation.

Mark Innocenti


We have been working closely with LOWE since 2017. Their buildings are well-managed, and they care about their guardians, which is reflected in the sense of community that they create in their properties. When a guardian initiative works like this, it is a mutually beneficial solution for all involved, offering the building owners considerable savings as well as security.

Sarah Davies

Pocket Living

Not only has LOWE saved us from significant security costs, but the social value of having responsible property guardians living in the estate has also been enormous. The flexible nature of their legal agreements fits perfectly with our ongoing plans for regenerating South Acton Estate with quality, affordable homes. We are especially proud to be housing key workers from the surrounding areas.

Leon Joseph

Ealing Council

We have been working with LOWE for the past 2 years and we have found their property guardian service an excellent fit for our vacant buildings. Not only is this ensuring that the properties are professionally managed and saving us on traditional security costs, but we are really pleased that the properties are being used to house key workers working in the local area through their LOWEkey programme.

Duncan Winter

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust