Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in living memory. It has had, and continues to have, far-reaching impacts on individuals, our society, the economy and our industry. Many of those impacts have of course been negative; and the challenges implied by that, as well as by the long list of other changes we have been experiencing, will be with us for some time to come. On the more positive side, this does bring some opportunities, too, in terms of highlighting the possibilities of working in different ways, deploying new and appropriate technologies and finding ways to better use resources, for example. And, yes, there may also be some new business opportunities.

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Commercial buildings lag behind on clean air tech

In preparation for reopening their buildings, four-fifths of UK businesses have already implemented clean air technology or plan to in the next twelve months.

Call for urgent action on ventilation

Good ventilation in public buildings and on transport systems is essential to reducing the risk of Covid-19 and other infections, according to a new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Employees know what they want post-Covid

We’ve said it before and it remains true: one side-effect of the pandemic has been a steady stream of workplace-related research.

A snapshot of FM opinion

At Tuesday’s Workplace Futures conference we ran a series of polls to test views on some of the questions currently being considered and debated across the industry. The results are interesting, and occasionally intriguing.

Workplace Futures: return to the workplace

Yesterday’s conference could not have been more timely and on-target, addressing the needs of not just the FM sector but all those in support service roles.

Corporate occupiers grapple with Covid response

Global office occupancy rates decreased in June compared to May as organisations introduced strategies to tackle the resurgence in coronavirus cases.

TUC worried about back-to-the workplace plans

The TUC has written to ministers to raise urgent concerns about the government’s ‘back-to-work’ safety plans.

Workplace Futures hits a nerve

And ‘nerve’ seems to be the right word, as the build-up to Tuesday’s conference is uncovering a lot of nervousness in the workplace community as the focus turns to dropping Covid restrictions.

Redefining ‘Freedom Day’

Freedom Day shouldn’t signal a mass return to workplaces, but it could signal the start of greater freedom and flexibility in how, when and where people work.

How can offices thrive in the next chapter of work?

After more than a year of uncertainty and lockdowns across the UK, there is renewed confidence in returning to a more normal life as we approach the final stages of the government’s roadmap to lift restrictions.

Sodexo test centre contract extended

The services provider has been selected to operate a further 121 fixed and mobile Covid-19 testing centres.

Mitie extends test centre role

The group has won a new one-year contract to manage 175 regional and local coronavirus test sites and 105 mobile testing units across England, Scotland and Wales.

Serco wins testing centres contract rebid

Serco has been awarded a contract by the Department of Health and Social Care to continue providing support services to Covid-19 regional, local and mobile test centres in England and Northern Ireland.

Ventilation revolution needs funding

Public funding is urgently needed to ensure buildings benefit from improved awareness around mechanical ventilation systems and airborne disease risk.

Return to the workplace: it’s up to us

I’m sure that most of us had already starting planning to meet up with friends, colleagues and clients and were looking forward to the 21st when the last of the restrictions would be lifted….

Finding the right technology in a digital world

The pandemic has spurred workplace change. A survey from McKinsey found that the year following the initial UK lockdown accelerated the adoption of workplace technology by several years.

Employers to reduce office space by up to 9m sq ft

The latest addition to the ongoing debate about the future of offices in the UK comes from PwC’s latest Occupier Survey.

Suppliers ready but need a plan

As Covid restrictions are eased, more organisations are thinking about the reopening of offices. Can they depend on their suppliers?

Technology-led cleaning at St Pancras International

Covid-19 has driven changes in commercial cleaning with an increased demand for enhanced cleaning coupled with proof of effectiveness and increased hygiene standards.

BAM supporting testing

BAM FM has been confirmed as Covid-19 testing partner for public sector bodies with buildings in the east of England.

New normal: old ways won’t work

To succeed in a hybrid future, organisations must stop duplicating office-centric practices and shift to a human-centric model.

HSE: Covid spot-checks to continue

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that it will continue to carry out spot-checks and inspections on businesses over the coming weeks as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Covid-19: A tsunami of information

Data, data everywhere, nor any idea what to think. Apologies to Mr Coleridge, but his ancient mariner’s tale is not a bad parallel for our persistent pandemic experience.

Workplace Futures July set to launch

Following the success of February’s virtual conference, this year for the first time there will be a second. July’s event, free to attend, will tackle the return to the workplace.


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