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UAE Students Driving Demand for London Homes

Estate agency Chestertons Global reports that a record number of applicants to UK universities from the UAE is increasing demand for new homes in Central London. Data from the UCAS university admission service confirms a record number of students from the UAE have applied to UK universities in 2022. The UK is highly regarded as…

Lowering Energy Costs for Tenants with Solar

Greater Manchester property business George Moss & Sons Ltd which celebrated its centenary in 2020 has pledged support for commercial tenants struggling with energy bills by investing £500k in new solar panel installations. The family business owns and manages 620,000 sq.ft. of prime industrial property on the Moss Industrial Estate on St. Helen’s Road in…

University of Arizona Revitalizes Campus with Addition of Student Success District

An interconnected ‘Student Success District’ designed by The Miller Hull Partnership in association with Poster Mirto McDonald has recently been completed at the University of Arizona’s Tucson Campus. The complex project redefines the Main Library and the Bear Down Gymnasium, reorients the entry to the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, and merges them with a…

Vodafone Germany Expands STRABAG PFS Partnership

Vodafone Germany has retained STRABAG Property and Facility Services (STRABAG PFS) as the sole provider of integrated facilities management (IFM) services for its managed real estate portfolio of around 400 properties totalling some 400,000 square metres under a new two-year contract with an extended remit. The portfolio include Vodafone retail outlets, technical buildings, call centres,…

Savills IM Acquires Logistics Properties for Pan-European Logistics Fund  

International real estate investment manager Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) has acquired three logistics properties in France for a total €72 million on behalf of its European Logistics Fund 3 (ELF 3). The ELF 3 portfolio now comprises 15 properties in five countries.  In Dijon, an inner-city cross dock facility to serve the last mile…

New FM Partner to Support ATS Euromaster Sustainability Goals

ATS Euromaster has appointed Cloudfm to help drive efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across 259 sites in the United Kingdom. Cloudfm will undertake planned and reactive maintenance alongside capital project-related works. It will also manage planned, and reactive maintenance of equipment assets all managed through the Freedom platform, which connects each job to the most…

F3GROUP Announces New CEO

UK real estate developer F3GROUP has appointed Jon Dixon as its new CEO, with current CEO Gavin Gleave taking up a new role within the company as Executive Chairman. A qualified chartered surveyor, Dixon brings with him a wealth of experience in the real estate investment and development industry across Europe and the Middle East.…

Driving Innovation in East Birmingham with Digital Twin Modelling

A ‘digital twin’ which can model and test pathways to clean energy and net zero emissions in East Birmingham is being planned in a partnership between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council and Siemens. A feasibility study has been commissioned which demonstrates how a virtual representation of the energy and transport infrastructure within East…

FIS Brings Clarity to UK Suspended Ceiling Guidelines

The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has published guidance on supporting and the BS EN 13964 – Suspended Ceilings, Requirements and Test Methods standard. The  guidance note aims to break down the standard into bite-sized sections. This will make it easier to understand to those who aren’t already familiar, allowing anyone to isolate only the…

Westminster Celebrates World EV Day by Commissioning New Electric Street Cleaning Bikes

Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, took to the streets to roll out their new, industry-leading fleet of electric street cleansing bikes for World EV Day. The set of 14 new bikes are an addition to the extensive Westminster fleet of over 60 electric street cleansing and collections vehicles. The new electric bikes have…

Launch of Cavity Wall Insulation with Low Lamda Rating

ROCKWOOL is claiming the UK’s lowest thermal conductivity rating for its new stone wool acoustic and fire insulation product for cavity walls, NyRock® Cavity Slab 032. Providing specifiers with a low lambda, non-combustible stone wool slab for full and partial fill masonry cavities that enables a thinner wall construction, the solution utilises the company’s patented…

Evolution Director Elevated to Fellowship of The Security Institute

Brendan McGarrity, Director of Evolution Risk & Design, has been elevated as a Fellow of The Security Institute (FSyl), the UK’s largest membership organisation for security professionals. His appointment, confirmed by industry peers on the Security Institute Validation Board, reflects the importance that Evolution places on continuous professional development at all levels of its business,…

Totaljobs Awards Hard FM Contract

Totaljobs has selected Pareto FM to deliver hard services across its offices in London and Belfast, and project support at locations in Birmingham, Havant, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow. Under the contract, Pareto FM will assume responsibility for all mechanical and electrical (M&E), and building fabric-related planned and reactive maintenance. UK job board Totaljobs…

SPIE UK to Service and Upgrade North Lanarkshire Council CCTV System

SPIE UK has been awarded a new contract with North Lanarkshire Council to service and maintain Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and related services in various sites across North Lanarkshire. For the CCTV contract, the local authority has appointed SPIE UK on a planned servicing and maintenance basis to carry out reactive repairs to the council’s…

BSA at CABE 2022

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) will be at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Annual Conference and Exhibition from 13-14th October at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Attracting expert panels interacting with a wide range of construction professionals, this year’s event will focus on the theme of Embedding Sustainability and how building…

Innovative Industrial Safety Manifesto to be Unveiled at GMIS America

Launched as a partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), in collaboration with Cambridge University’s Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy (CIIP), Global Initiative for Industrial Safety (GIFIS) has brought together industry leaders from across the world to develop the first-ever Industrial Safety Manifesto,…

Aramark Employees Volunteer for Annual Day of Service

Thousands of Aramark team members around the world have participated in Aramark Building Community (ABC) Day, the hospitality, facilities, and uniform services company’s annual day of service which took place on 22nd September. Volunteers from 14 countries, including the U.S., U.S Virgin Islands, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Mexico,…

BCC Hits Out at UK Opposition Parties

Angry and disappointed cleaning and hygiene industry leaders have hit out after opposition parties so far avoided meeting with them to discuss key and pressing sector issues. Leading Trade association, The British Cleaning Council (BCC) wrote t,o the Labour, Scottish Nationalist, Lib Dem and Green parties in August but none of them have so far…

Wells Fargo Strengthens Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust’s Property Programme with Flexible Debt Finance

abrdn plc’s Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust (AIPUT) has secured £350m of new debt financing from Wells Fargo to deliver a transformational investment programme for its prime industrial real estate portfolio in the United Kingdom. The new Facility which consists of a split-term loan and revolving credit facility structure with an initial committed term of…

CREFC Announces Chair Elect and Changes to Leadership Board

CREFC Europe, a trade association for real estate lenders and the European real estate finance market,  has announced its new Chair Elect at its Annual General Meeting. Nassar Hussain of Brookland, already a member of the CREFC Europe Board, has stepped into the Chair Elect role.  Chris Bennett of DekaBank takes over as Chair from…

ABM Expands Junior Engineering Engagement Programme

ABM UK has opened its doors to a fifth cohort of participants on its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.), and added another school to its roster.  The 2022 programme kicked off at Bobby Moore Academy in London with the immersive course then touring schools in Bradford, Manchester and London between September and December. While previous years have focused primarily on the engineering side of…

Bennett Hay Appoints Culinary Director

Candice Webber has joined Bennett Hay to lead the boutique UK hospitality operator’s focus on food and drink and to head its culinary team. As Culinary Director, Candice will take on a senior role in the operator’s leadership team which already has a notable female headcount. Candice will be responsible for developing Bennett Hay’s company-wide…

EMCOR Progresses to Level 2 of UK Government Disability Scheme

EMCOR UK’s disability inclusion policies now satisfy requirements stipulated for ‘Disability Confident’ employers, the second level of the UK government’s Disability Confident scheme. The scheme was introduced by the government to help employers recruit and retain great people, and to: challenge attitudes and increase understanding of disability draw from the widest possible pool of talent secure…

DRC Savills IM Announces Senior Asia Pacific Appointment

European investment fund manager and real estate debt business DRC Savills Investment Management has appointed Steve Willingham as Head of Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Willingham will report to Dale Lattanzio, managing partner of DRC Savills IM when he officially joins the firm in November. The appointment underlines the investmentr management firm’s commitment to strengthening…

Bringing Better Business to Birmingham

Flexible workspace operator x+why has signed tenant and fellow B Corp, Too Good To Go, as a tenant of  its new Birmingham site, Foundry at Brindleyplace. The fast-growing company and developer of a free app which bears the same name allows users to rescue food waste. Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at…

LightArt Expands Small Profile Acoustic Lighting Offering

The Acoustic Stratta and Acoustic Baffle ranges from LightArt meets the need of designers for minimalist architectural lighting fixtures with nrrow appertures and linear sound-dampening. Described as the company’s “most slender and sophisticated” designs to date, both product lines have been imagined for high-traffic commercial spaces and can be specified as individual pieces or in…

Ticktin Law Group Partner Selected for Oral Argument Before Florida Second District Court of Appeal

Michael Vater, a Partner with The Ticktin Law Group, has been Selected for Oral Argument in a case before the Florida Second District Court involving a mortgage foreclosure action against a homeowner in which the primary defense is based on the Plaintiff’s failure to prove its standing and comply with conditions precedent. The appellate court…

Enabling an Ultra-efficient and Sustainable Smart University Campus

Schneider Electric is supporting the development of the University of Birmingham’s Smart Campus with a suite of digital tools and services which will be delivered with the implementation of a range of smart IoT technologies. As the original ‘red brick university’, part of the prestigious Russell Group and among the world’s top 100 universities, the…

Postponement of APPG Inquiry into UK Cleaning and Hygiene Industry

The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning and Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning and hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The APPG inquiry, which is entitled “Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK“, held its…

BILSTEIN Academy Announces Autumn Training Dates

thyssenkrupp Bilstein GmbH is introducing several new courses for fleet operators and automotive professionals as part of the BILSTEIN Academy’s autumn calendar. Lasting approximately 1 hour, all courses take place in the company’s virtual training rooms for an  interactive distance learning experience which allows active participation in discussions. September 15 September 2022 | Start: 12:00…

Optimising WFH Security

The growth of working from home (WFH) following the COVID-19 pandemic poses potential security concerns around unwanted access to confidential company data. This is easily resolved with Code Handle, the door lock from ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group that keeps private rooms private via the use of a PIN code. 85 per cent of employees…

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