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Building services: businesses worry

Rising costs and a shortage of skilled people are giving building services contractors sleepless nights, according to a new business survey.

Wates FM wins in Leeds

The University of Leeds is building on a ten-year relationship with the service provider with the award of this new contract.

ABM tackles indoor air quality

Responding to the impact of Covid-19, the facilities solutions company has launched a programme of services designed to help businesses make improvements in IAQ.

Polyteck in London residential win

The construction and FM business has secured a one-year contract to provide planned preventive maintenance services at the Lillie Square development in West London. 

Birmingham targets ‘smartest university campus in the world’

The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Siemens, has set its sights on the benefits of a series of new technologies.

Artic tops publisher’s list

Penguin Random House has appointed the building services company on a multi-site deal.

Order books full but skills shortages a worry

The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey shows that turnover is predicted to grow through the rest of 2021 but materials and labour shortages are likely to worsen.

Jaguar in City win

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed to deliver M&E services at One Crown Place, in the City of London.

New air cleaning guidance from CIBSE

Two new pieces of guidance on reducing Covid-19 transmission through ventilation and air cleaning technologies have been issued by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

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.

Imperial College London turns to Inviron

Inviron has secured a contract with Imperial College London for the provision of M&E services.

BESA offers air quality guide

The removal of most Covid restrictions has increased calls for practical guidance and the setting of specific indoor air quality targets to support the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

Artic on the bill at Lords

Artic Building Services has won a new contract with Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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.

Arcus partners with refrigeration specialist

Arcus FM is working with national refrigeration plant manufacturer and carbon reduction specialist Clade to provide a new comprehensive service and maintenance offering.

Wates in LSE hard services win

The London School of Economics has reappointed Wates FM, awarding a new four-year contract.

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.

Boden scoops Exeter Chiefs contract

Boden Group has secured a new hard services contract at the Sandy Park Stadium, home of Devon’s Premiership Rugby team.

Budget shortfalls put sustainability at risk

Budget constraints and buy-in from senior leadership are the two biggest barriers to adoption of smart technologies.

Inviron retains Anglian Water contract

The hard services specialist has retained a rolling eight-year deal with Anglian Water.

Gartner names Cloudfm as a global leader

The technology research and advisory company has singled out Cloudfm as a leader in IoT-enabled predictive maintenance.

Ventilation revolution needs funding

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

FM services face cost pressures

Supply-side issues will affect maintenance prices over the next year or so, and labour shortages may be an issue after that.

Pet project: Salisbury wins PDSA contract

The facilities services provider has been appointed on a three-year deal with vet charity PDSA.

CMS in healthcare win

Gateshead-based Commercial Maintenance Services has been appointed on a two-year hard services deal.

Honeywell teams up with Leeds Beckett on custom FM syllabus

Leeds Beckett University has drafted in Honeywell to help provide students at its school of building environment, engineering and commuting with access to industry knowledge and experience.

Graham in Belfast win

Top law firm Shoosmiths has awarded a hard services contract to Graham Facilities Management.

BESA welcomes wellbeing standard

The Building Engineering Services Association has thrown its weight behind a BSI decision to speed up the development of a new standard for measuring indoor environment quality.

BESA calls for new ventilation standards

The Building Engineering Services Association is supporting a campaign to have current building ventilation regulations completely rewritten.

Wates in Greenwich win

Wates FM has been appointed to provide mechanical and engineering services and maintenance at a riverside residential development in London.

Imtech Inviron in Trust win

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust has appointed the hard FM specialist to deliver estates management services across 60 sites.

Stage set for Salisbury

One of London's best known venues, the Roundhouse, has appointed Salisbury Group as its engineering maintenance service provider.

Tomlinson reappointed in West Midlands

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust has signed a new planned and reactive maintenance contract.

Boden in Devon hard FM win

Boden Group has secured a new contract to manage services at a flagship Devon County Council development.

CBRE set to buy Danish hard services firm

The property services group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire hard FM specialist Intego A/S.

EMCOR in multi-site healthcare win

EMCOR UK has been awarded a multi-million pound facilities management contract by Practice Plus Group for their whole estate.

Johnson Controls partners with IWBI

The building systems specialist has announced a partnership with the International WELL Building Institute to promote global application of the WELL Building Standard.

Building services: labour issues loom

The speed of the economic recovery is already revealing cracks in the building services labour market, according to the Building Engineering Services Association.

Bradford double win for G&H

The hard services provider has been appointed on a contract covering two large office complexes in the Bradford area.

Three new contracts for Wates FM

Hard services deals span the legal, property management and commercial real estate sectors.

Polyteck in three-year McCann win

McCann Worldgroup has awarded Polyteck a multi-service engineering management contract.

Employees want reassurance

More than half of UK employees thinking about returning to the workplace would feel more comfortable if their employer used data to improve the healthiness of the building.

The business case for air quality

Improving air quality is not just the right thing to do in terms of public health but will also have a significant impact on business profitability and productivity.

Bidvest Noonan buys Irish hard services firm

The deal boosts the buyer’s resources, but it has no plans to move into hard FM in the UK.

BCO: offices should address poor ventilation ‘urgently’

The British Council for Offices is calling on developers, owners and occupiers to ensure that UK offices have adequate ventilation ahead of a return to the workplace.

Imtech Inviron on Parliament Framework

The hard services provider has been selected as a UK Parliament Framework provider.

Jaguar in Old Bailey win

The hard services provider has emerged from a competitive tender process with a new contract in the City of London.

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.

Artic in London win

Accountants and business advisors Moore Kingston Smith have awarded a hard FM contract to the building services specialist.

Is AR FM's future?

Augmented reality is becoming a crucial component of facilities management, according to a new report.

Bilfinger extends Ellesmere Port contract

Global chemicals manufacturer Innospec will continue its 20-year relationship with the service provider.

New engineering services alliance launched

Bringing together eight trade, technology, research and professional bodies, Actuate UK aims to deliver a single voice for the sector.

Bilfinger in Essar hard services win

Bilfinger UK has been selected as the maintenance and projects partner on a new contract with Essar Oil UK.

Westgrove commits to TFM

The Warrington-based FM group, best known for soft services, has extended its offer into hard services too.

Clenetix partners for air quality

The cleaning software services start-up is extending its focus with an alliance that brings in digital technology to improve indoor air quality.

NG Bailey scores at Southampton

Southampton Football Club has awarded the firm a three-year contract to provide maintenance services.

New engineering services alliance planned

The multi‐billion pound UK engineering services sector is set to launch an important new industry alliance of eight organisations.

Platinum in multi-site London win

The hard services specialist has been appointed on a new contract covering 20 properties across London.

Richard Irvin in colleges win

The hard services specialist has been appointed to provide mobile services across three of the largest colleges in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

Majority do not feel safe in buildings

Over 70% of the UK workforce does not feel completely safe working in their employer’s buildings.

Businesses spending more on healthy buildings

An independent survey of more than 800 building decision-makers shows a clear shift to increased investment in healthy building trends and technologies.

Yorkshire Water appoints Integral UK

JLL’s hard services business has been appointed to provide mechanical, electrical and fabric maintenance services for a multi-site portfolio.

Jaguar lands Thames Court deal

Jaguar Building Services has secured hard services contracts for both Thames Court and Rabobank in London.

Sodexo targets future engineers

The services group has introduced a technical apprenticeship programme to attract new engineering talent and develop a pool of skilled engineers and future managers.

Covid-19: a boost for technology in the workplace

The pandemic could be the death knell for 'dumb buildings' as it catalyses and accelerates the long-term shift to smart technologies.

Pareto secures university place

Ravensbourne University London has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its 200,000 sq ft campus on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Jaguar in Cheapside win

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed to provide hard services at 107 Cheapside in the City of London.

North Ayrshire Council signs BAM FM

A new three-year contract covers hard services for over 200 sites.

CMS bags John Lewis deal

Commercial Maintenance Services has secured a major contract covering 173 John Lewis and Waitrose stores nationwide.

ABM UK merges hard services with B&I division

The FM provider has effectively brought its hard services operation in-house, integrating it into its Business & Industry Group.

Graham in Belfast hard services deal

Business advisors Grant Thornton have awarded a three-year contract at their Belfast headquarters.

Mitie in three-year Bravissimo win

The new contract covers provision of maintenance and security services for the lingerie and swimwear retailer.

CIBSE unveils new Covid award

The Covid-19 Achievement Award aims to recognise the work undertaken by building services professionals and the wider supply chain to combat the effects of the pandemic.

Tomlinson scoops East Midlands deal

J Tomlinson has won a three-year facilities management contract with East Midlands Ambulance Service.

BESA updates Covid H&S guidelines

The Building Engineering Services Association has published new guidance to help engineering and construction firms keep their staff safe in the light of new government restrictions.

Platinum appointed for London portfolio

Property management company Ashdown Phillips & Partners has selected Platinum Facilities to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance services.

King turns to Pareto for hard services

Pareto FM has been appointed on a hard services contract at's UK headquarters in London.

Bellrock in academies win

Bellrock has been appointed to provide hard FM services to Oasis Community Learning, one of the largest multi-academy learning trusts in England. 

Leeds College deal for G&H Maintenance

G&H Maintenance has been appointed by Leeds City College to manage services for its new purpose-built £60m campus.

BMS too often overlooked in carbon strategies

Many property professionals are not fully aware of the carbon reduction capabilities offered by their building management systems.

Healthcare win for Artic

The hard services provider has regained the planned preventative maintenance contract at South London and Maudsley Hospital.

BGIS to buy hard services specialist

BGIS, headquartered in Canada, is to acquire the UK-based Optimum Group Services.

Encore for Imtech Inviron at conservatoire

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

Building services: industry remains optimistic

A new engineering services sector survey shows that two-thirds of businesses expect turnover to increase or remain the same in the third quarter of 2020.

Artic lands BMA deal

Artic Building Services has been awarded the hard FM contract for the British Medical Association's Grade II listed HQ building in Tavistock Square, London.

Arcus FM acquires controls specialist

Following a three-year partnership, the FM company has acquired building energy management controls specialist BEMS.

MoJ's "naïve" approach to outsourcing slammed

A new report condemns the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service's "failure" in attempts to improve the condition and suitability of the prison estate.

Firms short on green skills

Seven in 10 engineering services businesses say they currently do not have enough competent employees to undertake low to no carbon work.

Call for faster take-up of smart access control

New white paper highlights the benefits of integrated access control systems to help organisations transform security and operations, but stresses that existing barriers are preventing adoption.

Artic plays to win in London

Video games developer Square Enix has awarded the firm a hard services contract at its European HQ.

Incentive renews London hard services deal

Incentive FM Group's building services company, Incentive Tec, has landed a new two-year contract at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.

Shedding some light on the net zero goal

The Lighting Industry Association has added its weight to the call for government action to drive economic recovery while also supporting the commitment to a net zero economy.

Hard FM deal takes off

Imtech Inviron has secured a three-year contract with GKN Aerospace Portsmouth.

Cloudfm hits the road with Tructyre ATS

The fleet tyre management specialist has awarded a multi-site hard services contract to Cloundfm.

Going up: BCO lift and escalator guidance

The British Council for Offices has published new guidance for the safe use of escalators and lifts, as the country begins to return to the workplace.

Saltire bags 15-year Midlands deal

Glasgow-based Saltire Facilities Management has won a long-term hard services contract with social housing provider Stonewater.

Incentive staying on at Lakeland

The UK kitchenware group has renewed its contract with specialist facilities services provider Incentive Tec.

Jaguar lands City contract

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed to provide hard FM at a newly refurbished City of London property.

Wates secures hard services framework place

Wates Facilities Management has been appointed to the four-year Constructing West Midlands Framework.

Here East partnership targets energy reductions

The East London business innovation campus has teamed up with a software specialist to focus on reducing energy consumption.

University of Essex and Cloudfm take on Covid-19

The pair are joining forces to develop new disinfection services for the healthcare sector to meet the challenge posed by the virus.

Skills consultation launched

The building engineering industry has launched a sector-wide consultation aimed at ensuring the UK has the necessary skillbase for delivering a low carbon economy.

Robinsons secures NHS framework place

Robinsons Facilities Services has secured a place on the NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative framework, following a competitive tender.

Imtech Inviron in healthcare win

The hard services specialist has secured a new three-year contract to provide business-critical support to OSD Healthcare.

Wates gets its Barings

Wates Facilities Management has secured a new three-year contract with global investment management firm Barings.

BESA teams up with TEMA

New partnership brings together the Technology Enabled Maintenance Association and the Building Engineering Services Association to help accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies by the building maintenance sector. 

Jaguar in new London win

Following a competitive tender, Jaguar Building Services has been awarded the hard services contract at Belgrave House, SW1.

Imtech Inviron in multi-site win

The hard services specialist has secured a new five-year deal covering 26 properties in London and the South of England.

Jaguar in White City

Following a competitive tender process, Jaguar Building Services has been awarded the hard services contract at Television Centre in White City, London.

Boden launches M&E division

The Devon-based construction and hard services group has extended the range of services on offer in pursuit of it "ambitious growth plans".

Platinum wins in Berkeley Square

The hard FM services specialist has been appointed to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing services at the Berkeley Square Estate in London.

Bellrock grows relationship with BNP Paribas Real Estate

Bellrock has been selected as the maintenance and engineering services provider at 77 Coleman Street in the City of London. 

Platinum secures City deal

Platinum Facilities, the hard FM service provider, has been appointed at 6 Bevis Marks in the City of London.

Covid-19: mitigating water system risk

Two industry bodies have come together to offer guidance on the water safety issues involved in re-opening buildings after lockdown.

NBS and BESA partner to join-up digital construction

NBS, the leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with the Building Engineering Services Association to help drive digital adoption throughout the building lifecycle.

Engineering services bodies update C-19 guides

BESA and ECA have released a joint sector guide on work-related travel and updated their guides on working in close proximity and in areas of increased risk.

Polyteck lands Fiat Chrysler contract

The deal covers a range of services at three sites in Slough, including the UK commercial headquarters, a training facility and showrooms.

Businesses look to 'hold on' through coronavirus storm

A new building engineering services sector survey shows that almost three-quarters of businesses expect their turnover to fall in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the first quarter.

Good news story: CMS in pair of wins

Gateshead company Commercial Maintenance Services has marked its 20th anniversary with two significant contract wins.

Honeywell offers real-time 'healthy building' solution

With the prospect of a return to the workplace nearing a reality for many, support strategies of all shapes and sizes continue to emerge from product and service suppliers.

BESA warns on false claims

There is a lot of smoke and mirrors being used to drive demand for particular HVAC technologies in the Covid-19 crisis, according to the chair of an influential industry group.

United Capital acquires Saltire FM

The Scottish investment group has added the Glasgow-based hard services provider to its interests in the FM sector.

Businesses urged to take caution with water supply

As many of the UK's businesses consider reopening their doors, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme is encouraging them to consider the risks posed by their water systems sooner rather than later, to avoid health risks.

Cool workplace: lower temperatures coming?

CIBSE has been cited in the Sunday Times, advising that building managers increase the amount of exterior air flowing into the workplace in order to reduce the concentration of any Covid-19 particles.

Veolia takes on energy challenge for NHS Trust

The company's specialist energy team has extended the services it provides to United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, with the aim of lowering costs and cutting carbon emissions across three sites.

Turner & Townsend sticks with workplace retrofit scheme

The professional services firm has been re-appointed to lead the delivery of the Mayor of London's Retrofit Accelerator for Workplaces.

Mitie offers post-lockdown guidance

As the lifting of some lockdown restrictions is reviewed by government, Mitie has published a return-to-work guide for facilities managers.

McGill reports rapid growth

The Dundee-based building services contractor, rescued from administration last year, has landed a significant new contract and secured a place on a new framework.

Engineering groups issue site safety guides

Leading engineering services sector bodies BESA and ECA have jointly developed two new guides to help contractors to manage coronavirus-related issues on-site.

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.

Mitie partners with Accruent on monitoring solution

The built environment technology specialist has been appointed to provide remote asset monitoring for Mitie's facilities management clients.

Businesses could be doing more to cut emissions

Businesses can do much more to cut carbon and save costs during the covid-19 lockdown, according to an analysis of 300 buildings.

Air cleaning should be standard practice

Clean air technologies and strategies should be adopted by every healthcare facility in the UK in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

NHSPS brings hard FM in-house

NHS Property Services has made the decision to take direct control of the delivery of most hard FM services.

BESA: NHS key services survey

The Building Engineering Services Association is conducting a survey to identify firms across the sector capable of providing vital service and maintenance for the NHS at short notice.

Platinum offers building monitoring

Platinum Facilities is making its remote building monitoring solution available to organisations in London and the South East as building closures increase due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vinci lending extra support to NHS

Vinci Facilities is diverting volunteers from its mobile repair teams to support existing facilities management services across several hospitals in the North West, Midlands and South East.

BESA offers guidance on building shut-down

With thousands of people now working from home or prevented from travelling, many commercial buildings are moving into shutdown mode.

Jaguar in Docklands win

Jaguar Building Services has secured a three-year M&E contract at 50 Bank Street, London.

Coronavirus: building engineers fear impact

Over nine in 10 building engineering services businesses say they are concerned or very concerned about the impact of coronavirus on their business over the next six months.

Jaguar retains Kings Place deal

Jaguar Buildings Services has been awarded a new three-year M&E contract at Kings Place, London.

CBES bags deal at the Co-op

The Co-op has awarded two new contracts to City Building Engineering Services, covering hard FM and refrigeration services.

Suppliers struggling with payment

The latest quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey shows that payment conditions in the industry remain poor, with the majority of public sector work being paid for after more than 30 days.

Pareto scoops Virgin Media deal

Virgin Media has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its newly refurbished UK headquarters in Reading.

CIBSE updates health and wellbeing guidance

The revision reflects significant changes in the environmental conditions we are exposed to and advances in our knowledge of how these affect our health, comfort and cognitive performance, CIBSE says.

Monsoon at Cloudfm

The technology-oriented facilities management company has been appointed to manage planned and reactive maintenance for high street retailer Monsoon Accessorize.

Graham wins at Severn Trent

The Midlands-based water services provider has awarded Graham a three-year reactive building maintenance works contract.

Platinum in City win

Managing agent Avison Young has awarded a seven-year contract to the hard services specialist.

Amnesty for Pareto

Amnesty International has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its UK headquarters in Clerkenwell, London.

Jaguar appointed at One Embassy Gardens

Jaguar Building Services has secured a 12-month contract to deliver hard services at a major new development in London.

ISS secures Fujitsu contract extension

Fujitsu has extended its deal covering hard services at a portfolio of UK properties.

Platinum still on-site after 14 years

The hard services specialist has retained its contract at 10 Queen Street Place, London, with a five-year extension decision.

Salisbury in University of London win

The FM provider has been appointed to handle hard services for academic and residential buildings across the university's estate.

Incentive debuts in the West End

Incentive Tec, the FM group's hard services business, has secured a multi-site contract with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Pareto to deliver for the Postal Museum

The unique London museum has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its newly built facility in Clerkenwell.

BSRIA signs MoU with IWFM

A new memorandum of understanding will see the two organisations work cooperatively to improve the built environment and operational use of buildings.

Atalian Servest wins at University of Edinburgh

The university has awarded the company a three-year fire alarm and associated life safety systems maintenance contract.

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.

Imtech: Breathe in

The hard services specialist has acquired public sector energy performance contractor Breathe.

Wates in 3-year hard services deal

Wates FM has secured a contract renewal with Mott MacDonald, covering multiple sites for the engineering and development consultancy.

Lancer Scott scoops Co-op deal

The hard services specialist has secured a five-year contract to deliver maintenance and repair services to over 1,300 food stores and funeralcare homes across the south of the UK.

SPIE in hard services schools win

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

Wates helping West Midlands Police

Wates FM has landed its first public sector contract, a multi-year deal to deliver a one-stop maintenance service.

ABM scoops hard services deal at Telford Centre

ABM UK has come top in a competitive tender, securing the contract at Shropshire's largest shopping centre.

Mitie lands digitising contract with law firm

Mitie's Document Management business has won a five-year contract with Addleshaw Goddard, covering locations including London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Scotland.

Mitie extends NHS role

Mitie has won a five-year contract to provide engineering services to NHS Blood & Transplant following a competitive retender.

Pareto FM dances to success with ENB

English National Ballet has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its newly built headquarters in City Island, East London.

SPIE in Cisco lifecycle win

SPIE UK has won a four-month lifecycle replacement contract at the multinational technology group's flagship office in Bedfont Lakes, Feltham.

BESA launches outstanding woman award

The Building Engineering Services Association is supporting the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions by launching an award to mark the centenary of the Women's Engineering Society.

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.

Pareto on show at Design Museum

The Design Museum, European Museum of the Year 2018, has selected Pareto FM to provide hard services at its new site in Kensington, London.

BESA working on new healthy building standard

The plan is to develop a new British Standard designed to establish performance benchmarks for healthier buildings.

B38 in multi-site leisure group win

Social enterprise Mytime Active has appointed B38 Group to provide a range of facilities management services for the next three years.

Cloudfm partners with Essex on AI

Cloudfm and the University of Essex have formed a technology-driven partnership to bring state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and internet of things capabilities to some of the company's key clients.

Jaguar stalks London deals

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed on two M&E maintenance services contracts in recent weeks.

Engineers hopeful despite Brexit impacts on wider sector

The latest Building Engineering Business Survey shows that growth remained steady in the second quarter of 2019 in the face of rising costs and persistent payment issues.

Wates FM lands Bishopsgate deal

The group's newly launched facilities management business has secured a hard FM contract at 110 Bishopsgate in London.

SPIE secures Dundee framework contract

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

Cordant Technical takes hard FM deal

Cordant Group's technical division has been appointed to provide services at seven offices for legal firm Foot Anstey.

ABM lands Broadgate hard services deal

ABM Technical Solutions has been appointed as M&E service partner at the 32-acre mixed-use site in the City of London.  

New PM has 'once in a generation' chance to transform buildings

The new government team led by Boris Johnson has an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically shift policy on the built environment and deliver higher standards of safety, sustainability and social justice.

Polyteck signs in Stratford

The construction and facilities management business has secured a contract to deliver hard FM services at the Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford, London.

Harrogate awards major contract to local firm

Harrogate Borough Council has appointed Robinsons Facilities Services to look after more than 60 public buildings, including a number of key landmarks.

Doctors' orders: Pareto in RCPath win

The Royal College of Pathologists has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at its newly built headquarters in Alie Street, London.  

New BESA president sets out ambitious agenda

John Norfolk, elected to serve as president of the Building Engineering Services Association for 2019/20, has used his AGM address to call on the industry for action that could make a difference in the face of social, economic and climate challenges.

TECS lands Telent deal

Hard services specialist TECS Group has been awarded a three-year contract to provide a range of mechanical & electrical services for the technology company's UK portfolio.

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.

Sustainable buildings: more understanding needed

A new report argues that though sustainable buildings are becoming more mainstream, there is also a lack of clarity around the costs and benefits of them.

Artic lands hard services deal at King's College Hospital

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Artic Building Services to provide M&E maintenance for HVAC systems across the Trust estate.

Engineering services recovering from tough 2018

The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey finds the sector showing signs of recovery after a challenging year.

Sweet deal: Cloudfm lands Krispy Kreme contract

The hard services specialist has been appointed to manage planned and reactive maintenance for the UK doughnut retailer.

Oven ready: Palethorpes Bakery turns to Incentive

Incentive Tec, the Incentive FM Group's hard services division, has won a new contract to deliver engineering services at Palethorpes' Market Drayton production site.

Incentive lands EPAM and launches Elite 

Two divisions of the Incentive FM Group are in the news today, one with a multi-site contract win and the other with the introduction of a specialist team.

'Play it safe' design costing UK building operators

Analysis from the international engineering group Ramboll shows that building systems are often over-designed, providing up to 50% more electrical capacity and 30% more heating and cooling capacity than is ever needed.

Security systems being left out of BIM

The security industry is being too slow to adopt and adapt to building information modelling. But architects and contractors are also being too slow to engage with security businesses.

Tough times in hard services

An industry survey we reported on last month found service providers worrying about rising costs and slowing growth. Two firms have hit the buffers in recent weeks, highlighting how real those concerns are at some companies.

Tomlinson secures place on Midlands framework

Hard services firm J Tomlinson has been appointed to lot two of the Efficiency East Midlands Facilities Management Framework, which covers work in both East and West Midlands.

Europe set for growth in connected HVAC market

Europe is seeing rapid growth in the market for smart connected HVAC systems that enable performance to be monitored and analysed.

Artic in residential win

Artic Building Services has landed a contract to provide engineering services at Royal Arsenal, a major mixed use development on the banks of the Thames.

Graham lands Bristol FM deal

The Office for Students has awarded a three-year hard services contract to Graham Facilities Management covering three buildings in Bristol.

"Perfect storm" for engineering services firms

The latest industry survey shows a slowdown in growth, along with increased material and labour costs.

First airbase powered by green energy

RAF Marham, home to the UK's F-35 multi-role combat jets and a key site on Amey's Regional Prime Central contract, is now running on sustainable energy following completion of a new biogas plant.

Parliament extends Imtech Inviron contract

The hard services specialist has retained and extended its technical facilities maintenance contract at the Houses of Parliament.

Skanska makes news at the FT

At the end of last year, the Financial Times awarded a three-year hard services contract to Skanska's FM team.

Academy win for Artic

Hard services specialist Artic Building Services has been awarded a new maintenance contract at London's Park Academy.

Tomlinson to the rescue

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has appointed hard services specialist J Tomlinson on a five-year repairs and maintenance contract.

C02 in offices "silently damaging productivity"

The results from the first ever practical study into UK indoor office environments reveal that worker performance declines when CO2 levels are high and temperatures are too warm or too cold.

Polyteck launches new division

The construction and facilities management business has launched a new plumbing and drainage division as it primes itself for further growth.

Cloudfm bags deal at The Range

Cloudfm has been appointed to manage planned and reactive maintenance by leading retailer The Range.

Jaguar arrives at Lloyd's

Jaguar Building Services has secured a three-year deal at the iconic Lloyd's of London HQ in the City.

Building engineers optimistic despite persistent issues

The latest research from the industry trade associations shows steady growth in Q3 2018, despite ongoing payment and retention problems across the sector.

ENGIE in Smart move

The acquisition of Smart Buildings Ltd will provide a step-change in ENGIE's smart buildings capabilities and significantly enhance the solutions it is able to offer to customers.

Bournemouth engineering win for Mitie

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

Inviron lands £30m ME&E deal with Vertas

Imtech Inviron has been awarded a five-year mechanical, engineering & electrical contract by facilities management group Vertas.

Polyteck lands Royal Exchange contract

The construction and facilities management services provider has won a new mechanical & electrical engineering contract at the Royal Exchange in the City of London.

Developers take on energy performance gap

Seven major UK property developers have committed to a new approach to tackling the gap that too often arises between energy design and actual performance of new office buildings.

Incentive lands Bristol students deal

Incentive Tec, the building services business within Incentive FM Group, has been appointed on a new development of student accommodation in Dean Street, Bristol.

Diamond deal at Mitchells & Butlers

The pub, bar and restaurant group has awarded a three-year hard services contract to Diamond Facilities Support.

JCA checks into Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a five-year hard services contract to JCA Engineering.

Incentive appointed at eco-housing development 

National construction business WRW has chosen Incentive Tec, part of Incentive FM Group, to provide a range of services at a new eco-friendly housing development in Bruton, Somerset.

Trade associations win skills bid

Three trade bodies have joined forces to secure an agreement with the four UK governments to manage and develop apprenticeships, qualifications and National Occupational Standards for the building services engineering sector.

Canary Wharf LED investment pays off

Five years ago, the management team at One Canada Square took the decision to switch the entrance lobby lighting from traditional sodium lamps to LED, a bold move as at the time LED in a commercial setting was still a new idea.

Acorn plants seeds of change with CAFM selection

Following an evaluation of industry-leading CAFM systems, the M&E services group has selected FSI's Concept Evolution, Concept Reach and FSI GO solutions to manage assets and facilities across its portfolio.

Smart building technologies on the rise

Market research has uncovered a surge in projects incorporating building energy management systems technology, closing the gap with long-running energy efficiency technology favourite LED lighting.

Engineers see rising market

Over three in four building services engineering companies say turnover increased or remained steady in Q2 2018, despite rising material and labour costs.

Incentive to integrate WES acquisition

Incentive FM Group has announced it is to merge its latest M&E acquisition, Weston Electrical Services, into Incentive Tec, its specialist M&E business.

Pay rise for building services workers

Employees in the building services contracting sector will receive salary increases of more than 5% by 2020.

CBRE hails Greenwich museum partnership

The property services group has been awarded a three-year contract with Royal Museums Greenwich to provide mechanical and electrical services across its attractions and properties.

Europe's largest roll-out of LED lighting underway

Future Energy Solutions has won a new contract to supply, install and maintain LED lighting technology for parking services provider Q-Park.

Mitie tops Carbon Trust list

Mitie has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard with a carbon management score of 81%, the best score awarded for a UK FM business.

Whitehall offers simplified public sector contract

The government has launched a new, simplified contract designed to make it easier for businesses to apply for public sector work.

Central London Maintenance Association re-launched

The association, dormant for some months, is being brought back to life as senior figures in the industry have joined the organising committee in response to a market need.

Building services: market slows

Almost one in three engineering services firms say turnover decreased during the first quarter of 2018, according to new findings from the quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey.

Anabas wins NHBC M&E contract

The National House Building Council, the UK's leading new home warranty insurance provider, has signed a three-year contract with Anabas Facilities Management.

Confidence high in the building services sector

Eight in 10 engineering services firms say turnover increased or remained steady during the final quarter of 2017, according to new findings from the sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey.

Servest sails off with Scottish Canals deal

Servest has won a three-year hard services contract with the Scottish Government body responsible for managing the country's inland waterways.

Sainsbury's partners with Arcus on M&E

The supermarket group has extended its relationship with Arcus with the award of a seven-year national contract to deliver mechanical and electrical services.

Aylesbury heads to Salisbury for hard FM

Aylesbury Vale District Council has awarded a three-year M&E contract to facilities management and maintenance company, the Salisbury Group.

Kier lands national deal with workspace provider

The Office Group, a leading provider of shared workspaces, has appointed Kier to deliver technical services to 30 of its buildings in a two-year contract worth £1m.

GVA and Apleona part ways

Real estate advisory firm GVA has separated from management services firm Apleona in a move that allows the two businesses to focus on their respective core markets.

ABM plugs into ChargePoint

Facilities services provider ABM UK has struck a deal with the leading electric vehicle charging network, granting it the rights to distribute, install and maintain ChargePoint solutions throughout the country.

Group warns on risk to subcontractors' money

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group is calling for new measures to protect retention monies, against the backdrop of current problems at a number of big main contractor companies.

Bellrock buys engineering services provider

The facilities management and property services group has acquired Planned Engineering Services Ltd, a planned and reactive maintenance business based in Pinner, Middlesex.

ABM: museum quality

ABM UK has secured a four-year contract with the Museum of London covering its London Wall, Docklands and Hackney sites.

BESA restructures

The Building Engineering Services Association has reorganised its management and staff in order to focus resources on increasing value to members.

Imtech Inviron extends Anglian Water deal

The hard services specialist has been awarded a three-year contract extension with utilities company Anglian Water, building on a 20-year relationship.

Building 'Fitbit' saves BT thousands

The telecommunications group has significantly improved energy efficiency and building performance following a digital retrofit programme at a key building in Leeds.

Incentive in third M&E acquisition

Incentive FM Group has acquired a third M&E business in a move that will increase the geographical reach, scale and range of its Incentive Tec operation.

Imtech Inviron settles in at Premier Inn

The hard services specialist has won a competitive tender to provide technical services for Whitbread's Premier Inn & Restaurants Division.

Imtech books into London hotel

Inviron, the group's technical FM division, has landed a maintenance services contract at the new citizenM Tower of London Hotel.

Graham confirms LJMU win

Graham FM has been awarded a five-year hard FM contract at Liverpool John Moores University.

Glasgow hard FM win for Arthur McKay

The Servest Group's hard services specialist has been appointed to a three-year framework agreement with the University of Glasgow.

BAM lands hard FM deal at RCN

The Royal College of Nursing has awarded a three-year multi-site hard services contract to BAM FM.

EDF acquires Imtech

EDF Energy Services, a joint venture between EDF Energy and Dalkia, has struck a deal to acquire Imtech UK and Ireland from its investment backer, Endless LLP.

Incentive restructures technical services businesses

The Incentive FM Group is to merge its Comserve and ACE operations to create a single building and M&E services company.

Salisbury seals Page deal

FM services provider Salisbury Group has been appointed by PageGroup to provide a range of services at 30 sites in the UK and Ireland.

Engineers call for special deal

The Building Engineering Services Association argues that whoever is in power after the election should do a ‘sector deal’ with the built environment industry that reflects the important role buildings play in human health, well-being and productivity.

Skanska in City hard services win

Skanska has been appointed by the City of London to handle mechanical and electrical maintenance and fabric services for the Corporation's buildings.

BAM lands hard services deal with Cranfield

The Bedfordshire-based Cranfield University has awarded a five-year contract to BAM FM covering a portfolio of 260 buildings.

Building services: business is good

The latest survey of the building engineering services industry finds almost eight in 10 firms reporting that turnover increased, or at least remained the same, during the first quarter of the year.

Cordant in multi-site hard services win

Student accommodation company Unite Students has appointed Cordant Technical to provide heating and ventilation services at sites in 26 UK cities.

CBRE on show at National Gallery

The property services group has been reappointed to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance services to one of London's most important landmarks.

Hitachi takes Imtech Inviron on board

The hard services specialist has been awarded a three-year contract to maintain Hitachi Rail Europe's purpose-built £80m depot in South Yorkshire.

Five more years in the Tower for CBRE

The real estate advisor has been re-appointed to provide mechanical and electrical services for the Tower of London.

The building services sector: reasons to be cheerful

Over three-quarters of engineering services firms say turnover increased or remained steady during the final months of 2016, sparking optimism despite some lingering issues.

Have FMs seen the light?

Cost control, effective use of resources, safety and comfort for employees and visitors, environmental responsibility: these are the objectives at the top of every FM's agenda. Can LED lighting contribute to all of them?

Jones secures St Katharine M&E deal

Hard services specialist Jones Facilities Management has won a mechanical & electrical maintenance contract for London's St Katharine Docks.

Cordant's got Moxy 

The Cordant Group's Projects division has won a £19.6m contract to support the development of eleven Moxy Hotels across the UK.

Finding better ways to do things

Sometimes standard operating procedure isn't the best approach. Sometimes a different approach, even if it costs a bit more to get started, comes with significant promise. That could be the case with building services maintenance.

NG Bailey signs Lloyds deal

NG Bailey's Facilities Services division has secured a £19m mechanical, electrical and building fabric services contract with the specialist insurance and reinsurance market.

Design solution: SPIE in museum win

SPIE UK has been awarded a three-year mechanical and electrical maintenance contract worth £447k with the Design Museum, London.

SPIE buy strengthens M&E services

The hard services specialist has acquired Environmental Engineering Ltd in a move that will strengthen its presence in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors.

BRE partners on cross-Europe energy study

The Watford-based building research and information group is teaming up with 14 partners in 12 countries on a four-year project that aims to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in buildings.

ISS grows resources in Germany

The Copenhagen-headquartered group has struck a deal to buy the German hard services company EVANTEC GmbH. 

Last chance: what do you think of LED lighting?

We are still looking for FMs' views on LEDs: is this just one more option in building services or are we seeing a growing revolution? But today is the last day to take part, and to get in on the prize draw!

One problem solved: bug-free lighting

New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has revealed that LED lights are much less attractive to nuisance insects such as biting midges than traditional filament lamps.

Imtech Inviron goes to law again

The hard services provider was been appointed by international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner on a technical maintenance deal at the firm's head office in the City of London.

Building services building business, for now

Over eight in 10 building services engineering firms say turnover increased or stayed the same during the third quarter of 2016, according to a survey from the Electrical Contractors' Association. 

Artic in three-year maintenance win

Olympus KeyMed, a major manufacturer and supplier of specialised medical and industrial equipment, has appointed hard services provider Artic Building Services to handle maintenance requirements.

Imtech Inviron lands MediaCity deal

The hard services specialist has been appointed by UTC@MediaCityUK to manage the technical services at its new purpose-built media training centre.

SummitSkills to close in March

Another of the original government-backed sector skills councils, this one supporting the building services sector, has come to the end of the line.

LED lighting: is this the future?

Designers and manufacturers say yes. And quite a few FMs seem to think they might be right.

Oltec extends M&E services

Oltec FM has expanded its mechanical and electrical services team with the acquisition of Wigan-based Winstanley Electrical.

Poor air quality at work: top complaint

A new survey has found that indoor air pollution is prevalent in workplaces across Britain, potentially causing long-term health problems.

Integral LED scoops Which? badge of quality

The UK lighting brand is celebrating the accreditation of several new Which? Best Buys.

Engineers launch Brexit survey

A major new survey on the impact of Brexit on the building services engineering sector has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association, the Building Engineering Services Association and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT.

On air

BRE, the building research group, has published the results of a two-year government-backed study of air conditioning trends and costs in UK offices and retail environments.

Contracting specialists agree pay deals

Engineering and electrical trade associations have concluded negotiations with the Unite trade union to settle new hourly rates of pay for employees across each sector.

Water: new opportunities coming

In common with the other resources that sort of just appear when the people inside most organisations want them, water needs to be managed. That will be easier when the supply market is deregulated next year.

ADI relaunches hard FM services capabilities

In a reverse of the usual grand claims made around the label 'FM', the engineering solutions group has relaunched its facilities division in response to the need for specialist hard services.

Hot Thermotech brings in air conditioning

The rapidly growing building services group has acquired air conditioning specialist Oakwood in a deal designed to supplement its existing service offer.

Building services M&A on the rise

M&A activity in the building products and services sector is continuing its upward trajectory, with improved confidence, interest from private equity investors and international buyers for UK businesses driving up valuations.

Imtech Inviron lands cinema role

The technical facilities management specialist has won a new three-year contract to maintain the portfolio of leading cinema group Cineworld.

JLL to buy property maintenance firm Integral

The property services group has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Integral UK Ltd in a move that JLL says will make it one of the largest providers of mobile engineering services worldwide.

Incentive buys second M&E business

The Incentive FM Group has acquired ACE Environmental Engineering Limited, an HVAC design, installation and maintenance specialist with a turnover in excess of £6.5m.

Asset management accreditation for Southbank

The Southbank Centre, an ISS client, has been awarded the BSI ISO 55001 accreditation for Asset Management, one of the first businesses to have secured this accreditation in the UK.

Carillion pioneers Legionella monitoring project

Carillion has teamed up with SPICA Technologies to roll out a pilot Internet of Things project for remote Legionella monitoring across a series of building society branches in Central London.

ISS takes top award for CO2 app

ISS Technical Services has won recognition for its new bespoke app designed to measure CO2 equivalent for refrigerant gas in refrigeration and air conditioning units.

Cordant on the menu at Living Ventures

Restaurant and bar operator Living Ventures Group has appointed Cordant Technical for the next phase of a major UK restaurant roll-out.

LED lighting: human factors count

A new report from Public Health England argues that the human reaction to light sources should be a primary factor in deciding to deploy LED lighting, not just efficiency or cost.

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Making the case for better CMMS software

A recent report suggests that by using connected workforce platforms companies can improve workplace productivity by as much as 25%.

Cybersecurity: could your BMS be the weak link?

New pressures on office IT infrastructure could open the door to problems.

Achieving net zero in a post-lockdown environment

Last summer, as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, carbon emissions fell by over 10% compared to 2019, as offices, shops and leisure centres were forced to close.

Gas detection & monitoring: what FM professionals need to know

Gas monitoring and control is a key part of the role for FM professionals. But it can be a challenge to stay up to date with the latest thinking and technology.

Realising sustainability ambitions

The commercial property market will have a key role to play in helping the UK achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But how do we start moving towards such a seemingly daunting goal?

Smart monitoring and sustainability

One of the fastest growing sectors for global investment in the past few years has been technology designed to make buildings smarter and more sustainable.

Improving employee experience in a post-Covid world

Few could have predicted the disruption of the pandemic, which has left thousands of buildings across the country lying empty. How do we think about what comes next?

Smart makeover

Smart building technology essentially consists of a system of connected devices which can measure data from your building and transform it into usable insights and automation. The experts at Smarter Technologies outline some opportunities.

Resilient decision-making in times of change

In any organisation, times of contraction can lead to difficult decisions. The same goes for periods of growth. Accurate, reliable data is critical in every case.

Smart meters smarter with AI

Bjoern Reinke outlines how businesses can use new technologies to become safer, greener and more competitive.

Smart buildings for the 'new normal'

Facilities managers are under pressure to re-open offices safely, but the stakes could not be higher. So how can technology help?

Digital twins: two is better than one

With access to limitless data in every aspect of our lives, it’s about time that we really utilise that data to improve the world around us. Rob Charlton argues the case for digital twins.

Cyber security risks lurking in your lift

Lifts are considered by many to be one of the safest forms of transport. A well maintained lift will provide years of incident-free travel for thousands of people. But like everywhere else, the technology is moving fast.

Moving to business focused maintenance

The traditional one-size-fits-all maintenance approach uses interval-based inspection, planned maintenance and reactive repair. Alistair Clements makes the case for a better solution.

Productive, high-performing and healthy workplaces

Given what we already know, why isn't everyone making changes to create these, asks John O’Brien.

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.

Plugging the skills gap

Why does the UK continue to suffer from a short supply of engineering talent? Why is the gap getting bigger despite efforts to put an end to the problem? And where can FM help?

Combining the power of people and data

UK-based government solutions provider KBR is no stranger to the facilities management market. A major partner to 20% of the British armed forces, KBR also takes on contracts where they provide a client-side and strategic role.

Protecting people from an invisible killer

Air pollution is a global environmental health issue with reports increasingly suggesting that poor air quality may be associated with mental health problems. Peter Dyment examines ways FMs can help mitigate the problem.

Why you need fluid business continuity plans

Every industry is different, but even a small office environment could grind to a halt quickly without water.

Why compliance maintenance should be a priority

In order to ensure a safe environment, it is important that all aspects of a building remain compliant and within the law. Property services firm MSL offers some advice on the basics.

Health, productivity and indoor air quality

As a business, you’re no doubt striving towards giving your customers the best possible experience. As an employer, you’ll be committed to the health and wellbeing of your staff. But something could be impacting your efforts more than you realise.

Making facilities management easier

The continuous evolution of FM methods and techniques has given rise to more efficient and cost-effective solutions in recent years. Shailendra Jain outlines developments in one key area of practice, FM apps.

Smart start for smart buildings

The benefits of smart buildings are well recognised but organisations in the public and private sectors are under pressure to focus their capital on other investments. Gary Thompson outlines a solution.

Building connections

How can facilities managers manage poor mobile coverage within their buildings? Sean Keating explains the challenge.

Productivity: new insight into an old problem

New UK research shows high CO2 concentrations in offices are decreasing people’s cognitive capability. John O’Brien explains the background to this and what the findings mean.

How tech is transforming property markets

Over the past five years, new tech has drastically transformed the way B2B and B2C businesses operate. Ritam Gandhi looks at what’s available now and what's on the horizon.

Technology and safety in pharmaceutical FM

Compliance and safety are paramount to every pharmaceutical business, but the focus for the FM team is especially important. Mike Knapp explains.

Keeping it real in tech

Artificial intelligence, the rise of the robots, the internet of things, big data: technology is coming to take over. But how much of it is delivering real FM benefits today? Fiona Perrin went in search of those who are keeping it real.

Intelligent management: the key to a sustainable future?

Cities could be humanity's biggest challenge or our best opportunity; regardless, we are experiencing rapid expansion of urban populations. And the buildings that exist within these areas are guzzling up the world's finite resources.

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.

New energy standards: are you ready?

From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency will apply to rented commercial buildings. Carl Ghinn explains the benefits and risks involved for facilities managers.

Cyber hacking and FM: no longer just an IT problem

Cyber-attacks, such as last year's NHS Wannacry ransomware breach, are not the sole concern of an organisation’s IT department. Paul Djuric explains.

The workplace: indoor environmental conditions and productivity

Workplace and productivity have become major themes in FM over recent months. Here, Tom Cudmore looks at the crucial role of the environment, its impact on people and how all that can be measured.

Defining the optimum workplace

Tom Cudmore introduces the Whole Life Performance Plus project, a collaborative effort that is aiming to create workplaces that enhance the productivity and wellbeing of occupants.

The rise and rise of technology

Building systems engineering has become a much more technical discipline. What does that mean for today's engineers and for their FM colleagues?

Seeing the light: FMs' views on LEDs

LED lighting could offer a good solution to a number of the big challenges facing all organisations and their facilities management teams. But how much do FMs know about LEDs and what are their views on the pros and cons?

Unlocking energy bill savings

Energy efficiency doesn't need to cost the earth. With some savvy planning, a few easy wins can help initiate a cascade of money-saving projects. Brendon Airey explains.

A new generation of light on the horizon

Are LEDs surpassing fluorescent lamps as the lighting medium of choice? David Clements argues that the greatest seismic shift in 60 years is now underway in the lighting sector.

Technology change: what it can mean for FM

Ian Campbell explains how the move from legacy systems to newer digital technologies is benefiting the FM industry.

The energy pay-off

How can local authorities use energy performance efficiency improvements to create savings at a time of public sector austerity? Bouygues Energies & Services' Michael Still and Miles Messenger discuss the initiatives that can make this happen.

Plugging the gaps in engineering skills

There is a skills shortage in many areas of facilities management, but none more so than in engineering: there simply are not enough trained and qualified engineers to cope with demand. Chris Wollen looks at how best to attract, develop and retain staff.

Asset Management: Opportunities & Challenges

There's increasing recognition that effective asset management has much to contribute to the successful operation of any organisation.

How to Get the 80% Right

80% of a building's value is delivered during its working life, but missed service and maintenance opportunities lead to operating costs that are often far too high, argues Simon Carter.

How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings

Mike Welch explains why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

BIM: Solving the Mystery of Building Failure

The poor performance of many buildings is a constant source of embarrassment to engineers and mystery to FMs. Building information modelling offers a glimpse a more efficient future. Bruce Bisset makes the case.

It's Not Just About Energy

Geoff Prudence shares some insights into opportunities for effective building services engineering as part of the FM offering in the coming years.

Saving School Infrastructure

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

Towards Low and Zero Carbon Buildings

The answer to reducing a building's carbon output does not always have to involve capital outlay.

Maximising Energy Efficiency

Fan coil units are a simple yet effective means of air conditioning buildings. They’re a classic case of out of sight, out of mind. But there is a danger in that.

Taking a Lead on Energy

A more responsible and strategic approach towards energy efficiency in the workplace is increasingly becoming essential for forward-thinking organisations.

Energy Efficient Building Services

Sustainability is a word that you can’t miss these days. Whether it's the full agenda or just energy issues, many companies are doing good work in this area.

Room to improve for M&E outsourcers

BSRIA research into client satisfaction with the performance of M&E maintenance providers suggests there's plenty of scope for more progress.

Six Steps to Energy Reduction and Sustainability

With the Government setting legally binding reduction targets and the introductory phase of the CRC well underway, now is the time to act on CO2.

Engagement, Accuracy and Culture

The key ingredients to a successful maintenance strategy are obvious: knowledge of the plant, systems, building characteristics and occupancy patterns are all vital to reducing energy consumption.

Can Technology Make a Difference?

In any recession there are sectors that fail and those that succeed, and during the recent ongoing economic problems the FM sector has continued to present good opportunities for those companies who are prepared to grab them.

Focusing on Compliance

The previous government's failure to enforce its own environmental legislation was hugely damaging to the energy performance of buildings, says HVCA President Graham Manly.

Navigating the Complete Compliance Maze

In electrical safety alone, achieving compliance with myriad sources of legislation, British Standards and Approved Codes of Practice is a real challenge with plenty of pitfalls.

Data Centre Cost Control

New initiatives target rising power consumption in critical facilities. Mike West explains.

Too Much Space; Too Much Waste

Dom Thomas writes: How much impact does the mismatch between the design of buildings and the way in which they are used have on building performance? £18bn worth every year in the UK alone apparently. What can be done to cut this colossal waste?

Tough New Laws for AC and Refrigeration

Graeme Fox writes: Owners of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment face serious penalties if they donÕt comply with a whole series of new regulations. But donÕt worry, you can turn this situation to your advantage.

Managing External Expertise

Martin Read asks: Is FM's management of compliance service provision keeping pace with the increasing complexity of building services systems?

Open for Business

Ron Bernstein offers an in-depth look into the meaning of having open building controls and a guide to purchasing a genuinely open solution.

Facilities Managers and Part L

Anthony Wilson offers some advice for the many facilities managers who are still unaware of how Part L of the Building Regulations 2006 could impact on their day-to-day work.

Doctors' Orders: Future-Proof BMS

Intelligent building systems specialist TAC is currently implementing a new LONWORKS based system that will transform the old Manchester Royal Infirmary into a modern, integrated hospital facility.

Down With Lighting

Steve Willis provides some commonsense advice on how to achieve more efficient lighting that will not only help reduce carbon emissions but also save on costs.

Contractor Choice

Mike Proctor provides some pointers on choosing the right M&E service partner to ensure the smooth running of a building.

Air Tight for Part L

Charlie Greenaway explains how the rules have changed since April - and may tighten further in future.

Window of Opportunity

Mike Sewell looks at the increasing importance of careful energy management and considers how building and facilities managers can use this opportunity to elevate the issue to the boardroom.

Sustaining a Healthy Environment

Geoffrey Robinson argues that sustainable designs do not have to be based on clever renewable technologies and blue skies thinking. Traditional engineering methods still have a lot to offer.

Realising the Benefits of Integrated Systems

Mike DeNamur writes: Most commercial buildings include multiple standalone control systems. But when systems like HVAC, power, and security operate independently, FMs may be limited in their ability to make the building function as a whole.

Preparing for Part L

Mick Dalton writes: In less than six months the new Part L of the Building Regulations, and accompanying legislation, will become law. To keep you in the picture, here is a 'user guide' to current progress.

Converged Technologies

Nigel Miller writes: Occupiers, developers and landlords have traditionally installed separate systems for each building service but a new integrated solution has been developed that can save clients up to 30 per cent on capital expenditure costs.

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Making engineering an attractive proposition

The UK engineering sector is revered around the world, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s exploits during the Industrial Revolution to today’s state-of-the-art aerospace sector.

The advantages of hire for the FM industry

Carl Webb reviews the importance of considering whether a hired climate control arrangement makes more sense than a traditional purchase.

Improving maintenance standards in our buildings

To safeguard the future of our cities, conserve resources and meet environmental demands, a radically improved focus on building maintenance and operations is necessary, says George Adams.

Shedding light on a big issue

After temperature ('it's too hot', 'the office is freezing'), lighting is one of the main issues that keep facilities helpdesk lines buzzing.