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University win for NG Bailey

The hard services business has been appointed for maintenance services at the University of Suffolk.

Pinnacle in long-term student accommodation win

50-year contract will see the company manage new accommodation village in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sodexo to stay on at Northumbria

The University has awarded a 10-year extension of its contract for soft and hard FM services.

St Andrews school win for Sodexo

St Leonards School awards five-year catering services contract.

Derwent wins at RCA

The Royal College of Art has appointed Derwent Facilities Management on a multi-site integrated FM deal.

Francis Holland extends Clean Space contract

London schools agreement grows following acquisition.

Hull College partnership for Sewell

New three-year contract covers a range of maintenance work.

Sodexo lands secure school contract

A longstanding partnership with the education services provider Oasis has been extended.

Win for Palmer & Howells

The independent school and workplace caterer has secured a new contract with Reading’s Oratory Prep School.

Scottish uni deal for Richard Irvin

Glasgow-headquartered FM business appointed by the University of Highlands and Islands.

Mitie awarded South Bank contract

The £50m deal with London South Bank University Group covers integrated facilities management at multiple sites.

Sodexo lands college extension

Independents by Sodexo has retained its contract with Wellington College for a further 10 years.

Long-term Sussex deal for Balfour Beatty

A 54-year DBFM contract will provide new student accommodation for the University of Sussex.

Taylor Shaw extends education deal

Leeds-based Elliott Hudson College has reappointed the Elior education sector specialist for a further three years.

Sodexo partners with unique education provider

A three-year deal with University Academy 92 will enhance the campus experience for more than 800 students and staff.

Q4 sees continued fall in public sector FM deals

The trend is up and down over time, but our latest report finds a considerable decline in activity for the final quarter of 2023.

Sodexo retains Irish contracts

Following a series of retenders, the company has secured renewals on six education deals with a collective value of €6.3m.

Sodexo cements Reed’s relationship

New five-year contract adds to the 50-year-plus partnership with the Surrey school.

DMA in academies success

Leigh Academies Trust has awarded a multi-site deal to property maintenance specialist DMA Group.

Multi-site win for Tivoli

The grounds maintenance group has been appointed to deliver services at more than 30 schools.

Back to school for Lewis & Graves

The Atlas Group business has been awarded the cleaning contract at Handsworth School in London.

Inspiration for NG Bailey

Inspiration Trust has awarded a three-year contract to the group’s facilities services business.

Sodexo extends 50-year partnership

Tettenhall College has added a new 10-year contract to this record.

Mount Charles in RBAI win

The Royal Belfast Academical Institution has a new catering services provider.

Mitie wins place at Leeds

The University of Leeds has appointed the company to deliver waste management services.

Office for Students recruits Pareto

Pareto FM has won a hard services contract with the higher education body.

Q3 sees £1bn of public sector FM deals

The UK government awarded more than 250 contracts relating to facilities management in Q3 2023, worth a total of £1.1b.

BaxterStorey settles in in Birmingham

Birmingham City University has renewed its catering contract for another nine years.

Oxford win for Palmer & Howells

Oxford’s Wychwood School has awarded its catering contract to the independent schools specialist.

BAM expands education portfolio

BAM FM has won three new contracts in the education sector.

Sodexo retains two in Scotland

Independents by Sodexo has secured contract extensions with Edinburgh Academy and Strathallan School.

Graham appointed on DfE pilot programme

Graham Asset Management will install low-carbon heating solutions and improve the fabric of selected Cheshire schools.

Sustainable makeover at University of Dundee

Recycle Scotland is re-engineering the university’s furniture as a sustainable alternative to disposal.

King's planning to in-source FM

King’s College London has announced the decision to in-source services at two key sites.

Clifton College expands Sodexo’s role

Independents by Sodexo has been awarded a new four-year, expanded services contract.

BAM wins at Tudor Grange Academies Trust

BAM FM has been awarded a contract to deliver integrated FM services across 13 sites.

Schools: a whole-building concept for sustainability

A new report looks holistically at how educators can adopt a whole-school approach to sustainability as new requirements loom.

Leeds Beckett appoints BMG

Business Moves Group, the office relocation company, has won a two-year contract with Leeds Beckett University.

Sodexo secures €250m Ireland deal

Confirmed contract covers delivery of FM and technical services in Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Westmeath as part of the Higher Education PPP project.

Vertas scoops Suffolk deal

The University of Suffolk has appointed the firm as its new grounds and landscaping services partner.

Winning ways at Alliance in Partnership

Sodexo’s education catering specialist business has secured £3.6m in new and retained contracts since the beginning of the academic year.

Sodexo builds on 12-year partnership

Long-standing client Oasis Community Learning has extended its contract for another three years.

CBRE in Glasgow hard services win

A new five-year contract covers delivery of planned and reactive hard facilities management services for The University of Glasgow.

Flexible working coming to the education sector

Business process outsourcing specialist Capita is set to deliver a programme for culture change and promotion of flexible working practices in English schools.

Sodexo in Northumbria extension

Northumbria University has extended this award-winning partnership for a further two years.

ISS confirms five-year Edinburgh deal

ISS UK&I has retendered and retained its facilities management contract with Edinburgh College.

Academy win for Eric Wright

Eric Wright FM has been appointed by the Co-Op Academies Trust to provide services for its newest secondary school in Belle Vue, Manchester.

Reading role for Pareto

The University of Reading has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its Gateway Building on the Thames Valley Science Park campus.

Swansea place for Bellrock

Swansea University’s five-year hard services agreement includes a 24-hour helpdesk covering about 100 buildings across the city.

Sodexo in multi-site schools win

Bright Futures Educational Trust has awarded the company a £5m catering contract.

Sodexo: extensions at five schools

Independents by Sodexo has announced the retention of contracts at five prestigious independent schools from London up to Edinburgh.

Classroom air quality a 'national scandal'

The Building Engineering Services Association has described the state of indoor air quality in UK classrooms as “scandalous”.

Novus increases presence in education sector

Novus Property Solutions has secured several new contract and framework wins for universities and colleges across the north of England.

Sodexo extends infection prevention partnership

The partnership delivers a successful Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination programme for professionals.

Julius Rutherfoord retains work worth £30m

The London-based cleaning services company has been re-awarded a series of education sector contracts.

Independents by Sodexo in Leicester win

The specialist catering operation has successfully extended its partnership with the Leicester Grammar School Trust for a further 10 years.

Sodexo retains Clifton College contract

Independents by Sodexo has been appointed to deliver catering and hospitality services for a further five years.

Goldsmiths calls in security specialists

Evolution, the integrated fire and security systems business, has been appointed by Goldsmiths, University of London to deliver a comprehensive review and assessment of its security systems.

Universities face new demands on space

Changing student expectations mean learning is increasingly a social and collaborative activity, presenting estates teams with new space management challenges.

Sodexo extends Abingdon School deal

Independents by Sodexo has marked its 15-year partnership with the leading independent day and boarding school with the award of a new seven-year contract.

Vinci wins at UCL

Vinci Facilities has secured the FM contract for University College London’s new East Bank campus.

Green Fingers at ISS

During May, ISS Education engaged 4,000 pupils in schools nationwide in gardening and plant-based food activities.

UEL partners with Siemens to deliver net zero

The University of East London has established a strategic partnership with Siemens to collaborate on their net zero carbon aspiration for 2030.

Keysource wins in Cardiff

Cardiff University has awarded the data centre and critical environments specialist a multi-year facilities maintenance contract.

Senior appointments at Sodexo

The services group has named Philip Smith and Steve Hawkins to top roles in its schools and universities business.

Atalian Servest in East Anglia TFM win

The University of East Anglia has awarded a five-year total facilities management contract to the FM specialist.

EQUANS secures LSE contract

The former ENGIE business has been appointed to deliver a £140m student accommodation project for the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chartwells signs ‘revolutionary’ Swansea deal

Chartwells Universities has signed a 10-year agreement valued at £58m to overhaul the catering facilities at Swansea University.

Bouygues starts 50-year Brighton contract

Bouygues Energies & Services has mobilised its long-term deal with the University of Brighton.

BAM FM schools recognised for sustainability

Two of BAM FM’s PFI contracts have achieved recognition in the latest GRESB assessments of infrastructure management and performance.

Gather & Gather scoops LMU deal

London Metropolitan University has awarded a new catering and hospitality contract to Gather & Gather.

Mitie secures place at Swansea

Swansea University has selected the group to deliver facilities management services.

Sodexo learning from social media

Development teams at Sodexo and its AiP business have revealed how they are taking inspiration from TikTok and Instagram to update the school food offering.

Bouygues in academies win

Bouygues Energies & Services has successfully tendered to provide total facilities management support for the City of London Academies Trust.

Bouygues team closes on Essex deal

Uliving has reached financial close on a student accommodation scheme for the University of Essex for £168m including construction and facilities management.

BESA backs demand for ventilation in schools

The Building Engineering Services Association has put its weight behind a call from six trade unions to take urgent action over ventilation in schools.

Loughborough takes FM team award

Loughborough University’s Estates & Facilities Management Department has been named Team of the Year in the annual AUDE Awards.

ENGIE in long-term Birmingham deal

ENGIE is teaming up with investor and developer Equitix to deliver a new low carbon campus for the University of Birmingham.

BESA: schools need to take IAQ seriously

With students returning to schools in England, the Building Engineering Services Association is warning that opening windows is not a good strategy for managing virus transmission.

Brayborne lands college contract

Brayborne Facilities Services has been appointed to provide cleaning services to further education group Orbital South Colleges.

Reconomy lands multi-site recycling deal

Student accommodation provider Cloud Student Homes has awarded a contract for waste and recycling services at eight locations.

Hill lands vast Saudi schools job

The US-headquartered group will provide FM consultancy services for more than 4000 sites.

Sodexo unveils student lockdown services

Sodexo has adapted a number of its services to meet the needs of today’s students, offering options and resources designed for these difficult times.

Derwent secures Coventry deal

Derwent FM has won a new contract to deliver facilities management services at two of Coventry University’s London campuses.

Derwent in Egham win

Derwent FM's Derwent Students has won a two-year contract for the management of a 100-bed student accommodation site at Egham Gateway West in Surrey.

Sodexo extends student concierge services

Sodexo has launched its concierge service at two university campuses as part of its Residential Living programme.

Encore for Imtech Inviron at conservatoire

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has agreed a new strategic partnership to drive service delivery and cost performance enhancements.

Eric Wright: growing the Professional Services business

Professional Services, part of the group's FM division, has set out its ambition to grow its education sector business by 20% in the next year.

OCS settles in at university

OCS is on-site delivering security services for the University of Gloucestershire.

Mountjoy in Solent framework deal

The maintenance services provider has won a sole-supplier framework agreement with Solent University.

Derwent reports Bournemouth win

Derwent Facilities Management has won a five-year total FM contract at Arts University Bournemouth.

ENGIE consortium lands long-term university deal

Kingston Student Living is set to start a £100m project to upgrade Kingston University's halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill.

Sodexo in 7-year schools win

The group's schools business, Independents by Sodexo, has been awarded a new contract with Haberdashers' Aske's Elstree Schools.

Sodexo lands Bristol schools deal

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust has awarded the catering contract for its portfolio of primary academy schools to Sodexo.

Back to school for ISS

ISS has been selected to provide catering services to 38 primary schools and nurseries in south London.

Looking ahead: what happens when PFI contracts end?

Many public sector bodies risk underestimating the time, resources and complexity involved in managing the end of PFI contracts.

Gardening: ISS and innocent go virtual

The annual ISS Green Fingers gardening event for schools has gone digital during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Sodexo supporting students' mental wellbeing

Sodexo has boosted its health and wellbeing commitment to students to include access to a purpose-designed, NHS-approved app.

Universities plan for an uncertain future

Living under pandemic conditions has split the country along numerous lines, one of the most recent being how to deliver education services.

Free maintenance software for schools

Built environment technology specialist Altuity is offering schools and trusts free, no obligation use of the maintenance features within its AltoSites software product.

Sodexo offers virtual support for students in lockdown

The Student Living by Sodexo team has launched its residential living programme as a virtual service for students at Sodexo-managed university accommodation sites across the UK.

Robinsons secures place on York framework

The Harrogate-headquartered hard services specialist has been awarded a place on the University of York's property maintenance framework.

Sodexo in 5-year Greenwich win

Sodexo has been awarded a five-year integrated facilities management contract with the University of Greenwich.

Interserve in Madrid university win

Interserve has been awarded an £11m facilities management contract by Complutense University of Madrid.

Mount Charles in university win

The support services group has won a four-year catering services contract with Maynooth University in Kildare, Ireland.

Mitie launches MoU with Northampton

The FM group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Northampton's Criminal and Corporate Investigation team.

Aramark lands seven-year college deal

The catering specialist has been appointed to provide services for students and staff at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. 

Interserve secures Sussex University extension

Interserve has seen its joint venture contract with Sussex extended for another four-years, a deal worth £30m per year.

EMCOR UK appointed at Oxford

The University of Oxford has awarded a multi-million pound hard FM contract to EMCOR UK, following a competitive tender process.

Derwent seals 50-year deal at York

Derwent FM has reached financial close on a £1m contract to provide facilities management services for a 1480-bed student accommodation project at the University of York.

UPP in £1m first

University Partnerships Programme, the provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, has been appointed to deliver FM services in a £1m deal, the first ever university private-let contract for the firm.

Sheffield deal for Homes for Students

The student accommodation manager is on-site at a new 284-bed complex in Sheffield city centre.

Norse renews Northampton deal

The facilities group has been re-awarded the contract to supply cleaning and security services to Northampton College.

Bradford deal for Homes for Students

The student accommodation specialist has been appointed as the University of Bradford's preferred services provider for The Green, a 1026-bed, purpose-built building.

Back to college for Corps

Corps Security has renewed its contract with Walsall College for a further five years following a competitive tender.

Hundreds strike at UCL

An estimated four hundred workers, students and supporters took part in Tuesday's action, said to be the biggest strike of outsourced workers in higher education history. 

North Yorks grows service company

More news from the public sector service provider market as North Yorkshire Education Service grows through acquisition.

SPIE in hard services schools win

The five-year planned maintenance contract covers M&E and reactive works for University Schools Trust.

University estates: the challenges ahead

The annual Estates Management Report from the university community's professional body identifies a series of issues that might be keeping some estates directors awake at night.

Chartwells retains 25-year university deal

Compass UK & Ireland's education business has secured a new seven-year contract with Middlesex University.

Sodexo teams up with WWF on new menus

Sodexo is working with leading conservation organisation WWF-UK to encourage students at universities across the UK and Ireland to choose foods that are more sustainable and have a lower environmental impact.

Mount Charles in £9m Dublin win

The Belfast-headquartered catering and facilities services company has won a seven-year contract with Griffith College, Dublin.

ENGIE secures 20-year Solent deal

The energy and services specialist has connected Solent University's new sports complex to Southampton Geothermal Heating Company's pioneering district energy scheme after signing a £2.8m deal.

Artic builds schools portfolio

The London-based building services specialist has been appointed to deliver PPM services by a new school in the Marylebone area of Central London.

Sodexo grows in Belfast

The group's Independents by Sodexo business has been awarded contracts with Victoria College and Rathmore Grammar School.

Norse extends Heart Trust deal

The Norfolk-based multi-academy trust has awarded a three-year TFM contract to the Norse Group.

Derwent lands Coventry FM contract

Derwent FM has been appointed preferred bidder by Coventry University for delivery of facilities management services at the Scarborough campus.

Sodexo builds on 30-year partnership

The services company has won a three-year extension to its long-standing cleaning contract with George Watson's College. 

Norse in another school win

The facilities services specialist has won a three-year cleaning contract at the 1200-pupil Watford Grammar School for Boys. 

Sodexo retains City and adds business school

The services group has secured the catering contract with City, a University of London institution, and at the same time extended it to include the Cass Business School.

ENGIE in 50-year deal with University of Leicester

ENGIE has secured a £200m+ design, build, fund, manage and operate agreement that will see significant change at the university.

SPIE secures Dundee framework contract

Hard services specialist SPIE UK has signed a three-year framework deal with the University of Dundee.

Macro extends Middle East schools deal

Mace Macro has secured a three-year extension on its contract with Evolvence Knowledge Investments Limited.

Davies scoops Davis award

Mark Davies, managing director of ISS Food Services, has won the Roger Davis Outstanding Achievement Award at the LACA Awards for Excellence 2019 for his significant contribution to the school meals industry.

Robertson retains Teesside deal

Robertson FM has retained its facilities management contract with Teesside University after successfully securing a new seven-year contract.

Mitie heads to Fife College

The college has appointed the FM group on a five-year contract focused on cleaning and waste management services.

G&H Maintenance lands Leeds college double

The maintenance services company has won a three-year contract to manage 11 sites for Leeds City College and Leeds College of Music.

Sodexo in five-year school win

Independents by Sodexo has been awarded a new contract to manage the catering and cleaning services at The King's School, Worcester.

Norse lands multi-site cleaning assignment

The group's cleaning business has been awarded a £2.3m contract with the academies group Inspiration Trust.

Sitemark in education sector wins

Sitemark, the independent industry benchmark advisor, has won three new contracts in the education sector.

Interserve lands adult education deal

Here's a reminder that the construction and services group is still in some surprising sectors: its new one-year, £1m contract to deliver adult education in Liverpool.

Artic extends UCL deal

The hard services provider, which has been a specialist supply partner to the university for the past five years, has seen the relationship extended to cover delivery of hard FM requirements at the Clare Hall site near St Albans in Hertfordshire.

Churchill in Bath water deal

Churchill's environmental compliance division has secured a new contract, worth more than £280,000, with the University of Bath to provide water sampling and analysis services.

Homes for Students lands Lancaster deal

The national student accommodation manager has secured a £3.5m, 10-year contract with Knight Frank Investment Management LLP.

Huddersfield scoops AUDE Team of the Year award

Huddersfield University has won the Estates/Facilities Team of the Year Award, presented at the annual Association of University Directors of Estates conference, held last week.

Student accommodation: growth market

Reflecting the strength of the market, one leading operator, Homes for Students, says it is on course to achieve its growth forecast after announcing it will operate over 20,000 student beds throughout the UK by the end of 2019.

SPIE takes Liverpool schools deal

SPIE UK has been awarded a 10-school hard FM contract by Liverpool City Council.

Sodexo deploys robots at US universities

Students at Northern Arizona University now have the convenience of receiving food delivered by robot, thanks to the catering service provider and its partner Starship Technologies.

Babcock sells education business

The defence services outsourcing group, battling changing markets, has continued its refocusing strategy with the sale of Babcock 4S, which specialises in both strategic advice and back-office services for schools.

Churchill extends school stay

Churchill Services has been re-appointed as the cleaning contractor at Caldicot School in Monmouthshire following a competitive tender process.

Bournemouth engineering win for Mitie

Mitie has won a new contract to provide mechanical and electrical services for Bournemouth University.

ENGIE set for £195m Kingston University deal

The energy and services group has been named as preferred bidder for a major new student accommodation scheme for Kingston University in London.

Bellrock named to lead academies project

Best known for its FM and related property services, Bellrock has confirmed its appointment as lead project manager for the turnkey delivery of a new three-storey teaching block for Tudor Grange Academies Trust in Solihull.

Sodexo reports on trends set to disrupt the education sector

The latest annual report from the group explores the key trends shaping the student journey and the campus experience, and how universities can and should be responding.

Universities spending billions on buildings and services

UK universities now spend more than £3bn a year on capital projects, as well as a similar figure on repairs, maintenance, energy, cleaning and security.

Norse builds schools catering business

The facilities services group has signed new business worth over £877k and taken on its first contract in Peterborough.

ISS in five-year school win

ISS has been awarded the contract to provide catering services to Wigan's Hawkley Hall High School, an over-subscribed, outstanding, mixed secondary school with over 1000 students.

Apleona secures university deals

Apleona HSG Facility Management UK has secured new contracts with two universities.

Sodexo extends academy stay

Sodexo has won a five-year, £2.8m catering contract extension with Quaerere Academy Trust in Sandwell, West Midlands.

Leicestershire catering business lands schools deals

LTS Catering, a Leicestershire County Council business, has been appointed to deliver services to eight schools in Leicester, Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire.

Campus Living in long-term deal at Bristol

Student accommodation projects are definitely on the agenda. The latest contract sees a joint venture between Campus Living Villages and investor Equitix appointed to provide 1200 new beds at the University of Bristol.

Sodexo preferred for soft services at UCL

Sodexo has been appointed preferred bidder for a £52.5m contract to deliver soft services to the university's 175 academic and accommodation sites in London.

Interserve seals Durham deal

An Interserve-led consortium has reached financial close on a £105m design, build, finance and operate project for Durham University.

Sodexo lands three-year place at academy

Swindon's Great Western Academy has appointed Sodexo to provide catering, cleaning, washroom and pest control services.

10-year deal for Sodexo at Coventry

Sodexo has won a £60m contract with Coventry University to supply catering and hospitality services.

Norse reports £2m+ in contract retentions

The services group secured more than £2m of schools catering contract renewals during June.

Elior in 10-year deal at Sunderland

Food and drink at the University of Sunderland is set for a total regeneration after the university awarded a 10-year contract to Elior UK.

Norse in cleaning service wins at two schools

Norse Group's cleaning division has won a three-year cleaning service contract at the independent day and boarding school St Mary's, in Cambridge.

University of London commits to ending zero-hours contracts

The university, which has been the target of both strike action and student demonstrations around its outsourcing policies, has said it intends to eliminate zero-hours contracts by the end of the summer.

Sodexo secures college place

Sodexo has won an eight-year, £11.2m contract with Tyne Coast College Group to supply a combination of catering and student accommodation services on six sites in North and South Shields.

Union hails "major concession" on outsourcing at University of London

The university's central administration has announced that it will start a process to end some outsourcing and bring some of its facilities management contracts in-house.

Sodexo confirms win at Dublin Institute of Technology

The services group has secured a landmark integrated facilities management contract at the new Central and East Quads to be built on the DIT campus at Grangegorman, the first contract of its kind for an Irish university.

Derwent finds a place at University of York

Derwent FM has been named preferred bidder on a 50-year contract to deliver FM services for a major new student accommodation project.

University of Northampton names new catering partner

CH&Co Group has won the three-year catering and hospitality contract valued at over £12m.

Amey takes Carillion's place in Barnsley

Amey has taken over the facilities management of 11 secondary schools in Barnsley, all previously serviced by Carillion.

Pinnacle takes on three former Carillion schools contracts

Pinnacle PSG has secured three Total FM schools contracts, previously operated by Carillion, saving 70 jobs in the process.

Sodexo scoops schools integrated services deal

The services group has won a five-year, £10m integrated facilities management contract covering both hard and soft services for seven schools in Swindon.

University catering win for Norse

The facilities services provider has been awarded a new contract to deliver catering services at Norwich University of Arts.

Chartwells seals five-year school deal

Chartwells Independent, Compass Group UK & Ireland's specialist provider for the independent education sector, has been appointed to deliver catering, hospitality and cleaning services to Merchiston School.

Sodexo team seals Irish PPP deal

The Irish government has signed a key new public-private partnership contract with the Eriugena consortium, which will see two new buildings delivered for the Dublin Institute of Technology.

"Biggest ever" university support staff strike planned

Over 100 cleaners, porters, receptionists and other outsourced workers of the University of London plan to strike on 25 and 26 April.

Sodexo lands academies contract

Wellspring Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust operating in Yorkshire and the Humber region, has awarded a three-year catering and hospitality contract to the services group.

Churchill lands St George's cleaning contract

The medicine and biomedical science arm of the University of London has awarded a three-year cleaning deal to Churchill Contract Services.

Sodexo lands Trinity College Dublin deal

Trinity College Dublin has appointed Sodexo to deliver catering services on a contract valued at £1m per year.

Health and education FM markets slipped in 2017

The market for outsourced integrated services and TFM deals in the UK health and education sectors was down by about 2% last year in the face of uncertainties and cuts.

Oxford takes top CIBSE FM award

The University of Oxford has received a first in two categories at this year's CIBSE Building Performance Awards, presented earlier this week.

Sodexo lands university IFM deal

Sodexo has won a three-year, £10.5m contract with Richmond, The American International University in London to manage and deliver all facilities services across its two campuses.

Bouygues lands contracts for Birmingham student scheme

A new £40m student accommodation development in Birmingham's city centre will be built by Bouygues Construction, with ongoing facilities management provided by Bouygues Energies & Services.

Financial watchdog takes a hard look at PFI

The National Audit Office has published a report on PFI and its successor PF2, an unexpectedly timely review of a key contracting concept that reshaped one big part of the public sector outsourcing landscape.

AM secures Hull deal

The University of Hull has awarded a three-year security contract to AM Services Group.

Trigion secures landmark Worcester library deal

Trigion Security Services has won the contract to provide security at The Hive in Worcester, Europe's first joint public and university library.

The art of the deal

Churchill has emerged from a competitive tender process, organised through the London Universities Purchasing Consortium, as the new cleaning services partner at the Royal College of Art.

Arcus secures hard services deal at hard services college

Arcus has been appointed on a TFM contract at East London University Technical College and is set to deliver reactive engineering and managing agent services.

Robertson heads back to college

Robertson Facilities Management has signed a three-year contract with South Tyneside College to supply ground maintenance services.

University sustainability league table published

The 10th annual People & Planet rankings show how higher education has responded to the sustainability challenge, says the student-led group behind the survey.

Churchill: two more years at college

Churchill Services has been awarded a two–year extension on its contract with Middlesbrough College.

Sodexo launches new FM and food offer for schools

The support services group has developed a new integrated facilities management and catering services offer specifically for UK state schools.

Compass secures place at Oxford

The University of Oxford has appointed Compass Group UK & Ireland to provide catering and a range of hospitality services at multiple sites across the university estate.

Sodexo retains Birkbeck contract

Sodexo has seen its catering contract with the University of London's Birkbeck College renewed for another five years.

Kier wins new London FM contract

As part of the three-year deal to provide total facilities management to Capital City Academy, Kier will deliver a programme of careers workshops to help students better understand the opportunities available in the FM industry.

Universities highlight efficient estate management

The university sector continues to transform its estate to meet the demands of teaching and research in a digital 24-hour learning environment but has kept its costs at a three-year low.

Back to school for Incentive

Incentive QAS, the FM group's specialist cleaning company, has been awarded a three-year contract to provide a range of cleaning services at Salesian School in Chertsey, Surrey.

Interserve consortium in Durham win

An Interserve-led team has been appointed on an £85m project at Durham University to finance, design, build and operate two new colleges.

University students focused on healthy eating: report

Sixty percent of UK students expect vegan or vegetarian food to be available at their university catering or retail outlets, and 49% expect ‘free-from’ foods.

SOAS to take services back in-house

The University of London division is to stop outsourcing support services from September 2018, Director Baroness Amos has announced.

Wates finds a place at the LSE

Wates Smartspace (FM) has secured a three-year multi-site contract with The London School of Economics and Political Science.

FM staff play role in anti-terrorism strategies

A new report assessing the steps being taken by higher education providers to prevent young people being drawn into terrorism has found that some universities are using facilities services staff to help in the process.

Kingdom secures college place

The support services group has been appointed to provide security and reception services at Epping Forest College in Essex.

Kier lands multi-site TFM deal

Capital City College Group has awarded a five-year total facilities management contract to Kier, building on an existing relationship.

Graham scoops Dublin City University deal

Graham FM has been appointed on a five year contract for the provision of hard services across five campuses in and around Dublin

UPP preferred bidder for FM at Imperial College

University Partnerships Programme, the provider of on-campus infrastructure and support services, has been appointed as preferred bidder to deliver a full facilities management service for GradPad, a commercial subsidiary of Imperial College London.

Sodexo lands double Taunton deal

Independents by Sodexo, the group's independent school catering business, has been awarded a £1.4m a year contract by King's Hall School and King's College in Taunton.

Vertas wins Norfolk schools contract

The Ipswich-based FM company has bolstered its presence in Norfolk with the commission to provide catering services for 12 schools in and around Norwich.

Mears shifts Highlands PPP deal towards savings

The contractor has struck a deal with Highland Council that it says will save millions of pounds over the life of a long-term contract, with no compromise on TFM service quality.

Norse secures place at college

Norse Commercial Services has been awarded a three-year cleaning contract at East Coast College's Great Yarmouth Campus.

Interserve schools win in Spain

The support services and construction group has secured a one-year contract to provide cleaning services for all public schools within the Granollers municipal area near Barcelona. 

Higher education: under pressure on estates performance

UK universities are facing more competition than ever before in the battle to attract students, staff and, crucially, funding. These pressures are forcing estates to work much harder and budgets to stretch much further.

Balfour Beatty reaches financial close on Sussex project

The University of Sussex and Balfour Beatty have reached the milestone on a 50-year DB&O contract for new student accommodation.

Chartwells is choice in Chislehurst

The Compass Group's education business has landed a three-year contract to provide catering services for Coopers School in the south London borough of Bromley. 

Sodexo client ranked in top universities for facilities

Northumbria University Newcastle has been ranked in the UK's top 10 universities for the quality of their facilities in the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

Glasgow Caledonian signs BaxterStorey

Glasgow Caledonian University has awarded a five-year catering and hospitality services contract to BaxterStorey, bringing an end to a messy period of transition.

Churchill retains two schools deals

Churchill Services has won new cleaning contracts at Lode Heath School in Solihull and Durrington High School in Worthing.

Market news: universities continue to invest

Despite the continued uncertain external environment, UK universities are planning to increase investment in estates and technology, according to the latest Higher Education Finance Directors Survey from business advisors Deloitte.

London Metropolitan extends CBRE deal

CBRE's two-year contract extension comes ahead of a major change programme planned at the university.

Churchill mobilises at Portsmouth

Churchill Services has mobilised a new three-year cleaning contract at the University of Portsmouth.

Bouygues renews at UAL

University of the Arts London has signed a new three-year contract with Bouygues Energies & Services, the first time an incumbent service provider has been awarded a further term.

Bristol turns to Churchill for environmental services

The University of Bristol has appointed Churchill to provide a range of water hygiene and monitoring services.

Churchill adds to education portfolio

A new cleaning services contract with the Cleeve School in Gloucestershire extends the company's client list in this market sector.

Chartwells bags place at Brunel

The Compass Group UK & Ireland's education sector specialist has secured a £60m catering contract at Brunel University.

Sodexo moves into private student accommodation

Property and construction group Kier has appointed Student Living by Sodexo to oversee the booking and management of Oxford House, Keir's first direct let property in Newcastle.

Graham scoops UWE contract

Graham Facilities Management has won a five-year hard services contract covering multiple sites for the University of the West of England.

Mountjoy finds university place

The maintenance specialist has been appointed by the University of Portsmouth on a five-year contract to deliver ongoing services plus minor works.

Sodexo bolsters Student Living team

Sodexo's universities business has strengthened its student accommodation team with two strategic appointments.

Carlisle secures London university place

Carlisle Support Services has been selected as a supplier under the London University Purchasing Consortium framework for the provision of security services. 

Churchill secures Bolton catering contract

The University of Bolton has awarded a new contract to Churchill Services following a competitive tender carried out via the FE sector's Crescent Purchasing Consortium Framework.

Sodexo scoops first Irish university deal

NUI Galway, one of Ireland's oldest and largest universities, has awarded a catering services contract worth 2m euro pa to Sodexo.

Churchill boasts growth in education sector

Churchill Services is reporting a series of new cleaning contract wins for schools and academies across its operating regions.

University facilities top student selection criteria

The latest student experience survey findings from the Association of University Directors of Estates show that facilities remain a key factor for nearly two-thirds of students when choosing a university.

Bespoke solution, Bristol fashion

Bristol-based Bespoke Cleaning Services has won a four-year multi-service contract with City of Bristol College.

Churchill secures place on London uni framework

Churchill Services has been awarded a place on the London Universities Purchasing Consortium framework for cleaning services.

Maxim hails education success

Sunderland-headquartered Maxim FM has won a series of new contracts in the education sector worth a total of £2.4m.

ISS retains Middlesex deal

Middlesex University has confirmed the continuation of its contract with the facilities services provider for another three years.

Robertson in 25-year school deal

Robertson FM has been named preferred bidder for a 25-year contract to supply facilities management services at the Aberdeen South of the City High School.

Elior extends its run at Kingston

The contract caterer has been awarded a five-year deal at Kingston University, London, extending a long-term relationship between client and provider.

Carillion jv achieves financial close on Irish schools contract

The joint venture team is now ready to move ahead on the Irish Schools Bundle 5 Public Private Partnership project, which has an estimated value to Carillion of £190m.

Eastern promise for Churchill

Churchill Services has won a series of cleaning contract extensions in Hertfordshire, East Anglia and Essex.

ISS retains Redbridge schools deal

The London Borough of Redbridge has awarded a new six-year contract to ISS for the provision of school lunches at fifty sites.

Vertas in 5 year university café deal

The FM services provider has secured a five-year contract worth over £1m with University Campus Suffolk to regenerate and operate the onsite café.

Bouygues finds place at University of London

Bouygues Energies & Services has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver hard FM, helpdesk services and energy solutions.

University estates: room for improvement

The Association of University Directors of Estates has published preliminary findings from a study of universities in England with in-house buildings repair and maintenance teams. It looks like in-house, in this case, is the route to savings.

Chartwells retains £65m deal with West Sussex

Compass UK & Ireland's schools catering business has extended its contract with West Sussex County Council, first signed in 2006, for another five years with the option to extend for a further five.

Two more years at uni for Mountjoy

The Portsmouth-headquartered building maintenance specialist has secured a two-year extension to its contract with the University of Southampton.

Norse lands string of catering deals

The catering division of the Norfolk-based services group has secured three new schools contracts in its home county and a fourth in Suffolk.

Dangerous, dilapidated and wasteful schools: report

The Royal Institute of British Architects has published a damning report on the state of UK schools.

Pabulum boasts string of contract wins

Education caterer Pabulum says it has opened 27 new contracts over the course of the past 12 months, exceeding its new business target by 24% for the year.

OCS in Belfast catering win

OCS has been awarded a six-year contract to provide catering, vending and hospitality services for North West Regional College in Belfast.

AUDE launches Green Scorecard

The Association of University Directors of Estates has launched its first ever Green Scorecard, designed to be a comprehensive tool to help higher education institutions plan and implement their sustainability strategies.

Laing O'Rourke closes on Yorkshire schools deal

The building group has reached financial close on a seven-school contract that will see it delivering design, construction and ongoing FM services.

Balfour Beatty closes on Glasgow student project

Balfour Beatty has reached financial close on its first 'one stop shop' student accommodation project, in which it will handle everything from securing the site to ongoing operation.

Homes for Students in multi site deal

The national student accommodation management company has been appointed to deliver a range of services at four new schemes totalling 917 beds.

Swansea scoops AUDE FM award

The Swansea University Estates and Facilities Management Team has been named Team of the Year at the annual awards dinner held in conjunction with the 2016 AUDE conference.

Leicester names Keysource for data centre FM

Business-critical environment specialist Keysource has been appointed by the University of Leicester to provide data centre facilities management services.

Homes for Students in 25-property win

The national student housing management provider has secured a contract to deliver accommodation and facilities management services to 25 purpose-built student accommodation properties for up to five years.

Facilities top student preference lists

The university estate plays a key role in decision-making when it comes to higher education choices, according to a survey of 2000 UK students.

Sheffield Hallam scoops top workplace award

Sheffield Hallam University is the first academic institution to win the Leesman+ award, marking exemplary high performing workplaces.

Incentive moves into student housing

Empiric Student Property plc, owner and operator of premium student accommodation, has appointed Incentive FM to provide facilities management and maintenance services for its UK portfolio.

Norse renews college deal

Northamptonshire College has awarded a new contract for the provision of cleaning and security services to the Norse group.

Churchill lands college extension

Churchill Services has won a two-year extension on a cleaning contract with North Hertfordshire College.

University place for O&G

The University of Hertfordshire has awarded a ten-year multi-service contract to Office & General.

Churchill wins second place at college

Barnfield College, in Bedfordshire, has appointed Churchill Services to handle cleaning at two sites.

Vertas scoops Norfolk schools deal

The facilities services company has won a three-year catering contract covering three schools in Norfolk.

Sodexo secures string of Catering Marks

The support services group has achieved the Food for Life Catering Mark at 31 of its Oasis Academy schools contracts.

AUDE report reveals scale of UK university sector

The latest annual report from the Association of University Directors of Estates highlights key statistics that add up to solid market research for any company hoping to get involved in the sector.

CBRE lands college place

The property advisor has been appointed to provide facilities management services to Oldham College across its main campus and satellite buildings.

Norse seals 10 schools catering extensions

Norse Group's schools catering division has won extensions to contracts with 10 primary schools.

Sodexo wins Exeter schools FM deal

Sodexo Education has won a five-year contract to provide integrated facilities management to six schools.

College place for CBRE

The real estate group has been appointed to provide facilities management services for Goodenough College at its Bloomsbury site in central London.

Too many cooks?

Not for ISS, which recently convened over 450 from across England for its latest cooks' conference, ICON15.

Norse jv renews cleaning contracts

Enfield Norse has been re-awarded two schools cleaning contracts with a combined value of over half a million pounds.

Carillion closes on schools deal

PSBP Midlands Limited, a Carillion joint venture, has achieved financial close on the 25-year PF2 contract for the Midlands Priority School Building Programme.

CBRE scoops UEA contract

The property services group has been appointed to provide facilities management services at the University of East Anglia's 2.5m sq ft Norwich campus.

Freidman adds to education portfolio

Sunnyfields Primary School, based in Hendon, northwest London, has appointed Freidman FM to provide facilities services.

Brayborne retains education contract for third time

Brayborne Facilities Services has been re-awarded the cleaning contract for Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering, a deal it first landed in 2001.

Facilities and their management critical in university choice

New research shows that effective and well managed facilities are key factors for 67% of UK students when choosing a university.

BAM FM in Salisbury win

BAM FM has won a one-year contract to supply a range of services to South Wiltshire University Technical College in Salisbury.

Wilson Vale adds to education portfolio

The caterer has taken over from Nottingham City Council as services provider at the Nethergate School in Clifton.

Glendale: good at sports

Grounds maintenance specialist Glendale has begun working under a new contract that covers services at six sports academies in Greater Manchester.

Sodexo wins York St John contract

York St John University has awarded a three-year catering and hospitality services contract to Sodexo.

Sodexo scoops Brentwood School contract

Sodexo's independent schools business has been awarded a three-year contract to provide catering and hospitality services at Brentwood School, Essex.

Churchill mobilises second school contract

Churchill Services has launched a new catering contract at Tewkesbury School, following the launch in January of a separately run cleaning contract.

Wilson Vale extends education portfolio

The independent catering contractor has landed a first-time outsourcing deal with Fulneck School, an independent day and boarding school in West Yorkshire.

Schools deal for Morgan Sindall and Integral

A Morgan Sindall Investments team has reached financial close on the North West Priority Schools Building Programme batch.

Financial close for Interserve schools

Interserve and its joint venture partner Kajima have reached financial close on a contract to design, build and maintain seven secondary schools in southeast England.

Galliford Try secures £56m FM deal

The construction group has reached financial close with the Education Funding Agency on a schools building and maintenance contract in North East England.

Universities making the grade on value for money

Universities UK, the higher education 'trade association', has published a report highlighting the sector's success in improving efficiency and value for money. The report also includes a call for continued action.

Chartwells on the menu in Salford

Compass Group UK & Ireland's education business has secured a new contract with the University of Salford, worth almost £40m across nine and a half years.

Balfour Beatty in 50 year student housing deal

The University of Sussex has named Balfour Beatty as preferred bidder on a design, build, finance and operate student accommodation project.

Arts deal for Derwent FM

Derwent FM has landed a five-year contract worth £1.87m to provide facilities management services at Arts University Bournemouth.

Bouygues E&S scoops West London deal

Bouygues Energies & Services has secured a 10-year contract to deliver a range of FM support for the University of West London.

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Government FM deals fall again in Q4 2023

UK government awarded 183 contracts relating to facilities management in Q4 2023, worth a total of £184m.

Q3 sees over £1bn in FM contracts

The UK government awarded 274 contracts relating to facilities management in Q3 2023, worth a total of £1.1b.

Moving in-house

Over the past couple of years King’s College London has been bringing previously outsourced services in-house. We talked to project lead Paloma Lisboa about how and why.

University at home: lessons from FM

Sienna Emanuel reports on how students are finding the switch from university facilities to studies at home, and how to make that work.

Smart solutions deliver benefits

Eindhoven University of Technology's Atlas Building is reckoned to be the most sustainable educational facility in the world following a 'smart' refurbishment.

Smart data, efficient schools, improved performance

George Adams and Liam Rock explore some of the complexity of applying big data principles in an education setting, a challenge that promises significant benefits.

The changing role of FM in universities

Facilities management has become a critical factor for students when choosing their university. We talked to the experts at Bouygues E&S about this.

Using facilities assessments to gain funding

Jay Pearlman offers some advice on selling-in the need for action in a higher education setting, with plenty of applicability in other sectors.

Facilities manager as funding champion

Facilities managers today often face steep challenges in successfully performing their traditional duties due to the increased competition for funding. How do you make a convincing business case?

Lessons from Higher Education

Research into carbon reduction needs and strategies at UK universities has produced insights that apply to all large organisations.

Saving School Infrastructure

Britain's schools, much like the economy in general, are currently in a tough financial position.

Education, Education....

Jane Fenwick writes: Schools have proved to be a fertile area for PFI projects thanks to government commitments to improve quality and education standards, and to update teaching facilities. Scotland has been a testbed.

Pride in the School

Sue Graville head teacher at Owler Brook in Sheffield tells her own story of why PFI has made a difference to the school and its pupils.

Better for less

Two university facilities departments in the UK have deployed training in an effort to provide an integrated and competitive in-house FM service. Adrian Hackford says internal teams can see off the threat of outsourcing if they professionalise.

Global qualification for a global market

The UK Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will formally launch its training and qualification programme in January 2003, adding to the growing range of professional development options open to FMs in the UK.

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Lessons learned for a greener future

Diane Gillies explains how Amey is helping to set out a sustainable vision for Scotland’s school estates.

University at home: lessons from FM a year on

Nearly 11 months have passed since I started online education and there is still much that universities can learn from the FM sector, Sienna Emanuel writes.

Playing whack-a-mole with schools funding

Years of under-funding have exacerbated the problem of the condition of school buildings to such an extent that the recently announced £1bn spend on re-building schools in England is nowhere near enough.