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University win for NG Bailey

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

Edwin James buys engineering specialist

Motivair Compressors Ltd is joining the group via the acquisition of Pettits Ltd.

Blue-light win for Wates

FM business appointed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s Fire & Rescue Service and Police & Crime Commissioner.

CIBSE planning a whole new look at buildings

‘Transformative project’ aims for a holistic and future-oriented perspective on building performance.

BESA and CIBSE in strategic alliance

UK’s two main building services engineering organisations will work more closely together on key initiatives.

Polyteck lands SharkNinja deal

Hard services contract covers the UK offices of home appliances business.

Multi-site win for Wates

New contract with International Workplace Group covers over 250 sites across the UK.

Neighbour turns to Artic

Artic Building Services has won a new contract with a Dartford neighbour.

Mecsia grows building services offer

The ambitious compliance-driven technical inspections and maintenance group has acquired another business.

Labour shortages plaguing engineering services firms

Latest quarterly survey finds sector held back by slow growth, partly blamed on a shortage of adequately skilled workers.

Halford hard services deal for Mitie

New contract covers engineering maintenance services for the cycling and motoring retailer.

Maintenance professionals struggle with systems integration

Industry standard SFG20 has set out to solve that problem.

Hard services sector: things looking better

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors are increasingly optimistic about their future growth prospects, according to a new report.

Doctors’ orders: Pareto appointed at RCP

New contract covers mechanical and electrical services for the Royal College of Physicians.

Lovat’s lands National Records deal

The Kirkaldy-based building services company will provide hard services to the National Records of Scotland estate.

Compliance: the key concern in building maintenance

Survey finds 70% of maintenance professionals saying that staying compliant is the most significant problem in their business.

New guidance to ‘revolutionise’ IAQ

BESA has launched a new specification for ventilation hygiene.

Demand for analytics and optimisation driving controls market

The global building automation and control systems market grew by nearly 6% in 2023.

Property bodies call for clarification on MEES

The minimum energy efficiency standards went out for consultation in 2021 – so what now?

Cleaning and maintenance up, energy down

That sums up the cost forecasts for the next several years, according to BCIS figures.

Multi-site London win for Jaguar

New building services contract covers three central London sites.

FM crucial to better health

Custodians of indoor air quality will have a greater influence on human health and wellbeing than the medical professions.

New investment for growth at Mecsia

Additional backing will support the next phase of development for the technical inspection and maintenance services group.

TfL names ABM for M&E

Transport for London has appointed ABM to provide mechanical and electrical services across the London Underground network.

Edwin James plans growth

The Glasgow-headquartered hard services group has announced it is firmly on the acquisition trail.

Building services sector feels the pinch

Despite high activity and growing order books, engineering services firms are feeling the effects of economic slowdown and a shortage of skilled workers.

Water: sensing technology takes a leap forward

Cambridge-based start-up Infersens has launched its first commercially available risk management and water waste solution.

BESA: every building is high risk

Against a background of changing regulations, that’s the way to think says the hard services trade group.

NHSPS boosts hard FM skills

NHS Property Services has appointed Simon Knott as head of hard FM expertise.

Codifying standards for building services

Initiative comes as part of wider industry and government efforts to raise the bar on individual competence.

Architects turn to Artic

Design practice Hawkins\Brown has appointed Artic Building Services for HVAC maintenance.

London Business School appoints Artic

A new contract covers all LBS air conditioning services.

Jaguar in Bower win

The London-based hard services specialist has been appointed at a new multi-use development.

Edwin James buys to grow

The Glasgow-headquartered hard services group has acquired Automated Control Solutions Holdings and its subsidiaries.

New ‘smart’ offering from SFG20

The building maintenance software specialist is aiming to address ‘once in a generation’ challenges facing FM.

2024: the year of retrofit

That should be the government’s focus for this year, says BESA.

Few businesses embracing digital-led maintenance

New research finds only 20% of businesses are ‘wholeheartedly’ embracing this strategy.

DIO contracts get bigger

New sites have been added to the hard FM contracts awarded in 2021.

DMA in academies success

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

Polyteck secures London win

The hard FM firm has won a three-year contract to oversee One Berkeley Street, Mayfair.

Rich Mix for Artic

Artic Building Services has secured a hard FM deal at the London arts and events venue.

Westminster Chapel win for Precision FM

A new contract covers hard FM for the Grade II listed church and event space in central London.

New framework place for Richard Irvin

The hard services provider has been appointed to the Scotland Excel Property Maintenance and Refurbishment Framework.

Wolverhampton win for Pareto

Pareto FM has been appointed to provide services for The Halls events venue.

Wakefield turns to Robertson

Wakefield Council has awarded a new contract to the Stirling-headquartered FM business.

Amey helps courts drive down carbon

Amey is reporting a 30% reduction in carbon consumption for Avon & Somerset Courts.

Inspiration for NG Bailey

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

REAMS supporting Stadium Support

Hard services specialist Stadium Support Services has brought the asset management specialist into its contract with Queens Park Rangers.

Office for Students recruits Pareto

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

Cloudfm recognised for innovation

The Mindsett product has helped the firm to rank second in the BusinessCloud Top 50 PropTech businesses. 

Richard Irvin in pair of wins

The hard services specialist has been awarded two housing services contracts.

JLL targets energy efficiency and carbon reduction

Royal London Asset Management will implement the firm’s Hank platform across its managed offices portfolio.

Apleona buys into predictive maintenance specialist

The Germany-headquartered FM group has acquired a stake in the Irish predictive maintenance business Eastway.

CIBSE Guide M revised

New edition of the ‘maintenance bible’ sets out the technological and legislative developments that will impact FMs, designers and building owners.

Jaguar in pair of wins

The London-based building services company has won a new contract and renewed another.

Dalkia secures Lincoln extension

The University of Lincoln has extended its three-campus technical hard services contract.

CRUK contract extension for Vinci Facilities

The deal will see Cancer Research UK continuing to benefit from hard FM services across 600 locations.

NG Bailey reports £150m of new business

The new contracts span a range of sectors, including healthcare, education, film, television and rail.

Welcome for indoor air quality standard

The Building Engineering Services Association has praised the creation of the first British Standard for health and wellbeing in buildings.

Engineering services: rising demand, skills shortages

Concern is growing in the building services engineering sector about labour shortages amid a continuing economic squeeze.

Building services: taking the message to schools

New initiative in Wales will introduce students to the building services industry with a view to tackling the skills gap.

CBRE: 1bn sq ft using AI-powered FM

Smart solutions are being used to improve operational reliability and drive efficiency at more than 20,000 client sites.

Sewell appointed for shops portfolio

Sewell Facilities Management will provide reactive maintenance for stores across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Suppliers announced for M&E framework

Procurement services group Pagabo has confirmed the 47 suppliers appointed to a new £545m framework agreement.

Two contracts for Saltire Facilities Management

As the Glasgow-headquartered hard services firm closes out one deal two more are launched.

BESA backs call on retrofit recruitment

The Building Engineering Services Association has called for a major injection of planning and funding into addressing skill shortages.

Wates signs with Yorkshire Building Society

Wates has been appointed to deliver services across the society's UK-wide estate.

Curran named BESA president

Claire Curran, managing director of building services specialists Linaker, has been elected president of the Building Engineering Services Association.

Westgrove success in Birmingham

The Warrington-based services provider has been appointed on a hard FM contract at a new build-to-rent development.

Jaguar in Covent Garden win

Jaguar Building Services has secured the M&E contract at a new development in central London.

Vinci wins in Wales

Vinci Facilities has been awarded a three-year hard FM contract with Transport for Wales.

Pareto toasts Asahi win

The drinks group has appointed Pareto FM on a hard services contract.

Jaguar appointed at major tech company

Following a competitive tender, the firm has been awarded the M&E contract at a globally renowned tech company in London’s Kings Cross.

Veolia launches Royal Berks contract

The multi-million-pound sustainable FM contract will implement hard FM services with a focus on optimisation and carbon reduction.

City win for Jaguar

Jaguar Building Services has landed the M&E services contract at Hill House.

Kellogg’s turns to Musk for maintenance

Global food manufacturer Kellogg’s has expanded its relationship with EJ Musk Process Services following a competitive tender.

Multi-year M&E win for DMA

DMA Group has secured the maintenance contract for Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association’s London office portfolio.

Jaguar in Knightsbridge win

Property manager Colliers has appointed Jaguar Building Services on the M&E contract for 8 Lancelot Place, London.

Labour shortages hitting engineering services

The latest building services industry survey shows the growing impact rising labour shortages are having on businesses in the sector.

Residential site win for Q3

The hard services contract covers maintenance at the Grosvenor Waterside development in London’s Chelsea.

Retrofit crisis looms

Without a change in board attitudes the UK could face a building retrofit crisis, warns a new report.

Inviron extends Birmingham role

Birmingham City University has appointed Inviron as principal contractor on a new HVAC project.

Jaguar returns to its first site

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed at a new building on the site of its first contract win, 30 years ago.

NG Bailey on-side at Wembley

A new five-year contract covers maintenance services for the iconic stadium.

Pagabo opens £545m M&E framework 

Specialist M&E subcontractors will be appointed to the new framework, which will run for four years. 

Richard Irvin in second CCS win

The hard services provider has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Housing Maintenance & Management Services DPS.

Polish FM company buys into UK market

Gdansk-headquartered Sescom says the acquisition provides a platform to expand its initial UK operations.

Jaguar retains City sites

The hard services firm has emerged from a retender process with a new three-year contract.

Cyprus MoD contract for Mitie

A new contract to provide key services for the UK Armed Forces has been awarded by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

ABM in shopping centre wins

The facilities services provider has been awarded two retail contracts, one in Manchester and one in the East Midlands. 

Richard Irvin FM secures CCS place

The hard services firm has been named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service Facilities Management & Workplace Services DPS.

Artic on stage

The building services specialist has been appointed on a maintenance contract for a major UK film studio.

Ventilation: why clean air is vital to health

The National Engineering Policy Centre has produced a useful interactive infographic highlighting the risks posed by poor ventilation.

Cautious welcome for energy efficiency plan

The government’s strategy for spending up to £2.5bn on improving energy efficiency has had a cautious welcome by the Building Engineering Services Association.

Jaguar seen at Westferry

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed on an M&E maintenance contract at 11 Westferry Circus in London’s Docklands.

Artic in university hard FM win

Artic Building Services has been awarded a new contract with Northeastern University London.

Sustainability goals drive Cloudfm appointment

A new contract will provide support for The Rank Group’s ESG goals and reduce carbon emissions across the business. 

Jaguar parks up at Spitalfields

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed for the provision of M&E maintenance services at London’s Spitalfields Estate.

Inviron retains Mishcon de Reya contract

The hard services specialist has retained a four-year deal with the leading legal services firm.

Strong growth for BEMS sector

The Building Energy Management System sector is now worth around £835.8m to the UK economy.

Momentum bags shopping centre deal

Liverpool’s Momentum Group has been awarded the contract to maintain and manage the facilities of a North West shopping centre.  

Engineers worry about payment and recruitment

The majority of building services business owners and decision-makers expect performance to improve in the short-term but worsen by the end of 2023.

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.

New investment at Edwin James Group

Secondary investment for the engineering services business will support ambitious growth plans.

SPIE in housing association win

SPIE UK has been appointed by Maryhill Housing Association to service and repair door entry systems across its estate.

London university win for Artic

The hard FM specialist has secured the contract for mechanical & electrical maintenance services at an international university in Central London.

BCIS 5-year forecast: questions for FM

The facilities management market will face difficulty over the next two years as labour availability and high inflation drive an increase in costs.

Projects: SPIE appointed at pharma lab

Llife science company Evotec has appointed SPIE UK to deliver M&E works at its Abingdon site.

Projects: Novus lands trio of healthcare contracts

Novus Property Solutions has been awarded a series of hospital-based contracts across the North West and Midlands.

Artic in tune with RCM

Artic Building Services has been awarded the M&E maintenance contract at the Royal College of Music in London.

Pareto goes to law

Personal injury law firm Fletchers Group has appointed Pareto FM to deliver hard services.

Jaguar scoops City deal

The building services specialist has secured a contract at London’s Paternoster Square.

CBRE to buy Swedish firm

The property services group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire hard services provider H2M Sverige.

FES renews UCB contract

The hard services provider has secured a new contract with pharmaceutical group UCB. 

Polyteck awarded Centrepoint contract 

The construction and facilities management company has secured a 36-month housing voids and repairs contract.

Engineers worry about challenges ahead

The building engineering services sector is optimistic about business performance in the short term but concerned about the economy and recruitment.

Hybrid workers worry about indoor air quality 

New research reveals more than half of UK hybrid workers are concerned poor air quality and ventilation will impact their health.

Pareto in Cazoo hard services win

The online car retailer has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services across its UK estate.

Inviron in data centre contract win

The hard services specialist has been awarded a contract covering two data centres, one in London and the other in Leeds.

Jaguar snares London deal

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance at 8 St James’s Square.

Retrofitting: UKGBC launches decarbonising project

Retrofitting is moving up the net zero agenda and there’s an opportunity to get involved at the UK Green Building Council.

Imtech sells Irish engineering business

The hard services group has signed a binding agreement to sell Suir Engineering Ltd.

SPIE gains Legionella accreditation

SPIE UK has secured ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service for the management of Legionella risks.

Inviron retains police contract

Hertfordshire Constabulary has reappointed Inviron on a multi-site M&E services contract.

Infogrid acquires data analytics firm

Building intelligence SaaS technology company Infogrid has acquired Aquicore, an ESG data and analytics specialist.

Equans supports smart building transition

Equans has been instrumental in the digital transition of a newly refurbished Leeds building into an industry-leading example of a smart building.

City win for Jaguar

Jaguar Building Services has been appointed to provide M&E maintenance services at 90 Fetter Lane, London.

Cooltech rebrands to Ecoserv Technical Services

A number of senior appointments have also been made following the acquisition by Ecoserv Group last year.

SPIE lands hard services deal

SPIE UK will provide a range of services to three buildings in Renfrew.

Sustainability: retrofit revolution needed

Retrofitting offices and industrial buildings can deliver the energy reductions required to support the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.

Awareness day to champion ventilation

An international awareness campaign to promote the critical role of better building ventilation has been launched.

Industry bodies to align data standards

In what has been described as “a momentous game-changing moment”, the standards used to manage costing, carbon, and building and facilities maintenance are to be aligned.

Energy start-up tackles empty room challenge

Energy management technology firm EcoSync has launched a room-by-room dynamic management platform in a bid to reduce energy waste.

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.

Apleona acquires maintenance services specialist

London-headquartered Combined Technical Solutions Limited has been acquired by the Apleona group

Datore secures energy intelligence agreement

The provider of data analytics and intelligence for the FM industry has announced a major contract win with one of the UK's largest retailers.

Cloudfm hits the road 

The hard services specialist will help to drive efficiency while reducing carbon emissions across 259 ATS Euromaster sites in the UK. 

Inviron strengthens net zero offering

A group-wide strategic review sees the hard services specialist taking the Connect Energy team into the fold.

Pareto just the job for Totaljobs

Recruitment platform Totaljobs has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services across multiple sites.

DMA books stay with citizenM

The property maintenance specialist has been awarded a three-year contract by international hotel and lifestyle brand citizenM.

SPIE lands North Lanarkshire deal

A new contract with North Lanarkshire Council covers servicing and maintenance for CCTV and related systems at multiple sites.

Platinum wins at Sea Containers

The hard FM services provider has been awarded a three-year contract to deliver M&E maintenance at London’s Thames-side landmark.

Classroom air quality a 'national scandal'

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

Birmingham ‘smart campus’ initiative moves ahead

The University of Birmingham has selected Schneider Electric to support the development of its Smart Campus project.

RDM joins Vinci MoD team

RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services has been appointed on a multi-site deal within the Vinci Facilities Future Defence Infrastructure contract.

Saltire in solar panel win

North Lanarkshire Council has awarded its solar panel maintenance contract to Saltire FM.

DMA in UCL and ICE wins

The maintenance and management company has won a competitive tender to provide specialist services for University College London.

BESA warns on critical fire damper safety issue

The Building Engineering Services Association has issued an urgent warning about a potential fire safety weakness in a large number of building ventilation systems.

Jaguar retains City deal

CBRE, on behalf of Deka Properties, has awarded the firm a new three-year M&E contract at the St Botolph Building in London.

Platinum wins in the City

Platinum Facilities has been awarded a three-year contract to provide engineering maintenance services at 160 Old Street, London.

Summer heat: the importance of technology

Post-pandemic, the Building Controls Industry Association says, people are expecting their employers to take steps to ensure their place of work is a comfortable environment.

BESA backs circular economy strategy

The concept could play a crucial role in helping the building services sector to develop more effective net zero strategies.

Climate action plan highlights engineers’ role

In the latest review of its Climate Action Plan, CIBSE focuses on the role of building services engineers in delivering net zero.

National Library win for Richard Irvin

The National Library of Scotland has awarded Richard Irvin Facilities Management a five-year contract to look after hard services across its portfolio.

CIBSE updates commissioning code

The revision supports carbon mitigation, energy reduction and net zero.

White Company appoints Cloudfm

Cloudfm is set to manage maintenance for the retailer’s 67 sites across the UK and Ireland.

InferSens welcomes Governor of Queensland

The leading-edge AI and machine learning sensor technology business was recently visited by Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM.

Perth sights Summit

Perth and Kinross Council has appointed Dundee-based Summit Facilities Services on a four-year contract.

Pets at Home turns to OHS for compliance

The Manchester-based safety solutions consultancy will provide water risk assessment and remedial work across 457 UK stores.

Richard Irvin extends Aberdeen role

The Stirling-based hard service specialist has won an additional contract with Aberdeen City Council.

Networked systems increase cyber-attack risk

Companies face an increasing but under-recognised threat from cyber-attacks on building systems.

DIO awards £117m worth of contracts

United States Forces stationed in the UK will benefit from new contracts to deliver repair and maintenance services to bases.

Skanska wins in Edinburgh

Skanska UK has been awarded a seven-year facilities management contract by the City of Edinburgh Council.

BESA backs ventilation change

The Building Engineering Services Association has thrown its weight behind a report calling for the imposition of higher ventilation standards.

Clean Air Day focus on building ventilation

June 16th is National Clean Air Day and the key role played by mechanical ventilation systems in making buildings safer and healthier will be a central theme.

Building services: sector positive but wary

The latest quarterly Building Engineering Business Survey reveals an expected bounce back for the sector in Q2.

Jaguar gets The Point

Property company Tishman Speyer has named Jaguar Building Services as preferred M&E contractor at its landmark West London site.

Eric Wright confirms NHS appointment

Eric Wright FM has been re-appointed by NHS Shared Business Services to its hard facilities management framework agreement.

FES appointed to Scottish Water framework

The hard services specialist been awarded a place on a new six-year framework.

AI liquid sensor business attracts new backers

InferSens, a ground-breaking machine learning-based sensor business, has attracted substantial new investment setting it up for success in the FM and building services sectors.

Sodexo’s Harris scoops BCIA award

The company’s hard FM ambassador, Joanna Harris, has been recognised by the Building Controls Industry Association with the Outstanding Contribution award.

Unions push for indoor air quality pledge

Trade unions and scientists want employers to sign a pledge to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees by improving workplace conditions.

Jaguar renews at Paddington Central

Following a retender process, Jaguar Building Services has secured new five-year contract.

EQUANS in science park win

EQUANS has been awarded a facilities management and maintenance contract at Bruntwood SciTech’s Alderley Park campus in Cheshire.

Mitie opens northern technology hub

The Technical Services Operations Centre in Wythenshawe showcases the group’s industry workplace technology as well as being its hub for the North of England.

BAM FM wins in Merseyside

BAM FM has been appointed by Merseyside Police to provide hard facilities management services at multiple sites.

Japan House for Artic

The building services firm has secured a new M&E maintenance contract following a competitive tender process.

Prudence awarded CIBSE Honorary Fellowship

Geoff Prudence CEng FCIBSE FRICS FIWFM MIoD has been recognised for his contributions to the building services and facilities management disciplines.

Alarms: maintenance pays

Almost a third of call-outs are caused by poorly maintained systems or poor cleaning standards.

Cloudfm books in at Fridays

A three-year contract covers the restaurant chain’s 86 sites in the UK.

SPIE named for Scotland NHS deal

NHS National Services Scotland has appointed SPIE UK to deliver planned and reactive maintenance services.

FES in Scottish museums win

National Museums Scotland has awarded a new hard FM contract to the Stirling-headquartered services group.

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service deal for Robertson

Robertson Facilities Management has been appointed to deliver hard FM services across the client’s estate.

Sustainability investments rebound

Planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart building technology are returning to pre-pandemic levels.

BESA launches ‘safe havens’ blueprint

New guidance from the Building Engineering Services Association will help owners and managers protect occupants from airborne health risks. 

Saltire in North Lanarkshire win

A new contract for hard services specialist Saltire FM extends a long-running partnership.

Monopoly win for Artic

The building services specialist has been appointed to provide hard FM services for the London attraction.

Covid-19: safest day in the office is Wednesday

Workers looking for the lowest virus transmission risk day of the week to go into the workplace should go in on a Wednesday.

BAM FM has it Made

MADE.com has awarded a three-year hard FM contract to BAM FM.

Hospitality industry losing out on savings

The UK hospitality industry is missing out on savings of £736m a year due to outdated facilities management practices, according to a new study. 

Pareto on board at CrossCountry

The long-distance train operator has appointed Pareto FM to provide hard services at 27 properties across the country.

Staff worries for engineers

Finding and retaining skilled people is the biggest concern for employers across the building engineering services sector.

Industry warns on net-zero skills

Skills shortages are hampering ambitions to deliver net zero emission buildings.

Lift alert: report reveals impact of digital switch

As the UK telecoms network continues to evolve, the end of analogue telephone services is in sight. The future is fibre optic.

SPIE heads back to school

The hard services company has been appointed on an M&E contract at the new Boclair Academy in Bearsden, Glasgow.

JLL names Wates for next-gen contract

Wates Facilities Management has secured five-year contract to deliver a ‘next generation maintenance’ model.

Johnson Controls secures NHS framework place

The six-year framework covers the provision of smart building solutions using internet of things technology.

Inviron renews Colt data centre deal

The hard services specialist has extended a 12-year partnership by securing a rolling three-year deal with Colt.

Buildings require billions to reach climate targets

To meet climate change commitments, building stock investment must be three times higher than the current rate.

Richard Irvin appointed to regional framework

The Stirling-headquartered hard services provider has secured a place on the four-year, £650m EN:Procure framework.

JLL acquires proptech company

The property services group has announced the acquisition of California-based Hank, a virtual engineering optimisation platform powered by artificial intelligence.

Offices: stark warning on the work environment

Office buildings that fail to demonstrate how they support the health and wellbeing of users will swiftly become redundant.

Guide Dogs contract for EQUANS

The three-year contract will see the service provider initially handling hard FM at six large freehold sites.

Net zero: calls for digital retrofitting

Research indicates that 9 in 10 buildings in the UK and Ireland must be digitally retrofitted to achieve net zero by 2050.

Jaguar settles in to Canary Wharf

The building services company has been reappointed on the M&E contract at 30 North Colonnade.

New buildings must cut carbon by 30%

New buildings in England will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules announced by the government to help the country move towards net zero.

Jaguar in HYLO win

The building services specialist has been awarded the M&E maintenance contract at a new development in London.

University place for Salisbury

Salisbury Group has won a new contract with Liverpool John Moores University.

Wates completes MoJ Covid-19 response programme

Wates Smartspace was appointed by the Ministry of Justice to carry out mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering upgrade works at 21 HM Courts & Tribunals Service sites. 

Platinum wins in the City

Platinum Facilities has been reappointed as the M&E service partner for British Arab Commercial Bank at their London headquarters.

New CIBSE guidance: electrification for net zero

New guidance on the design and operation of electrical services that focus on the drive to net zero carbon has been published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Platinum in City win

Platinum Facilities has been re-appointed as the M&E service partner at One Bartholomew in the City of London.

Cranfield commits to battery power

Cranfield University has signed a contract to install the biggest second-life battery storage system to date in the UK.

Hospital moves on energy saving measures

Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital has appointed the DMA Group to design and deliver energy saving measures across its site in East Sussex.

Lancashire win for Ash Integrated Services

Lancashire County Council has appointed the Atherton-based company to deliver round-the-clock cover for mechanical services.

Fox named IOR president

Graeme Fox, head of technical at the Building Engineering Services Association, has been elected the next president of the Institute of Refrigeration.

Engineering crucial to COP26 pledges

The climate conference will need to prioritise decarbonising buildings to achieve wider climate change goals.

Atalian Servest in Scottish Police win

The FM service provider has been appointed by the Scottish Police Authority to provide hard FM across multiple sites.

Johnson Controls develops all-in-one solution

The building services specialist says its new system can track sustainability, health and wellness metrics while also reducing energy and water use, waste and carbon footprint.

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 King.com'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.

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Sunderland tackles sustainability

Sunderland A.F.C. is a case study in using facilities analytics to meet sustainability targets.

Beyond the hype: AI in the built environment

AI has never been so accessible, nor so much a point of discussion in terms of impacts and opportunities.

The power of tailored asset management

Asset management has traditionally been seen as the responsibility of facilities managers, but that can be limiting.

Steps to real net zero success

Empty net zero promises do not just threaten the reputation, legitimacy and long-term interests of businesses but the survival of our planet.

Physical security: bigger benefits in cloud solutions

Scott Gray explains how physical security solutions connected to the cloud can help facilities managers meet security and business objectives.

Coping with summer heat

According to the Meteorological Office, 2022 is predicted to be one of the hottest years ever recorded.

Four reasons to go digital for asset management

FM businesses can save time, money and hassle by fully digitising their asset management, says Dan Teare.

Going green: from old to bold

Reports that we might miss out on net zero carbon targets as a country have served as an alert for all industries to do better, including the commercial property industry.

Why businesses should be investing in PropTech

As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a heightened focus on employee health and wellbeing.

Staying on top of sustainability this Christmas

It’s easy to forget our sustainability practices when winding down for the end of the year, but the festive period doesn’t need to have a big impact on the planet.

How data can help decarbonise buildings

The world is at a tipping point for climate change. COP26 showed that governments cannot take on the fight alone.

Managing winter’s ‘triple threat’

Steve Rainbow explores how an effective building management system removes the age-old question of when to tinker with the thermostat.

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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Energy: back to basics

The best defence against rising costs is getting the fundamentals right and adopting a risk management frame of mind.

The imperative of energy efficiency in commercial buildings

COP28 highlighted the importance of ensuring that the built environment is aligned with net zero obligations.

Build smart for smart business

Smart. Facilities management is awash with the concept, hailed as the future not just of buildings but of the whole built environment.

Time for change: how we can avoid neglecting assets

For any company that has been around for a long time, change can be difficult to accept. After all, why change the core of a business which has stood the test of time?

Early collaboration with system integrators is vital

The implementation of smart building technology can help attract and retain tenants in a complex post-Covid-19 environment.

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.