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Investment Manager Selects Polyteck for Hard Services Contract

Polyteck will deliver integrated hard services under a 12-month contract with UK asset and investment management firm, APML Estate, From January 2023, the construction and facility services provider will oversee two of APML’s portfolios, covering a total of 16 buildings with more than 100 tenants. Services will include plumbing and gas, lighting, building and fabric, HVAC, drainage and water hygiene, as well as fire safety, mechanical, electrical and roof safety systems. …

Compass Reduces Emissions from Animal Proteins

Compass Group UK & Ireland has reported a 36.11 per cent reduction in emissions from animal proteins in the first 18 months of a targeted climate action programme. According to the company, the reduction in animal protein emissions has contributed to a significant 187,084 tCO2e absolute reduction in emissions (-20.37%) reported in its food and…

Savills IM Reports Over €3.9bn of Transactions in 2022

Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) transacted more than €3.6 billion globally in private real estate equity transactions in 2022 including c. €3.1 billion in Europe and c. €540 million in Asia. Savills IM completed those 112 transactions across 14 countries in 2022, including around €2.1 billion of acquisitions and €1.5 billion of disposals, resulting in…

Supporting Plant-Forward Protein

ISS Guckenheimer has joined the new Beans is How coalition as a founding partner. The coalition will promote soil health, improve nutrition, and provide increased access to food at a lower cost, and aims to accomplish this goal by doubling the consumption of beans, peas, pulses, lentils, and legumes globally by 2028. Paul Fairhead, CEO…

PPDS Launches ‘Wave’ Control and Management Platform at ISE

PPDS Wave, a cloud-based display management ecosystem developed for Philips-branded display solutions, will be going live on the Philips exhibition stand at AV industry event, ISE 2023. The new offering from PPDS – the exclusive global provider of Philips professional displays, complements the company’s dedicated ‘ProStore’ marketplace for applications developed by the company’s premium and…

Energy from Wastewater Powering 800 Scottish Homes

Veolia is helping Scottish Water on its journey to net zero by increasing the amount of renewable energy generated at Edinburgh’s largest Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW). Seafield WwTW in Leith has been a net exporter of renewable electricity since June 2022, producing 108 per cent of the electricity it requires to run the site, with…

BASF Extends IFM Contract with Sodexo

BASF has awarded a two year extension to Sodexo’s soft and hard services contract at six sites in the UK and Ireland including its UK head office in Stockport. The foodservice and facility services provider has delivered services to BASF for over 30 years, with the current agreement for integrated facilities management (IFM) services at…

LEEA Launches 2003 Webinar Series

A fresh programme of sector-specific webinars hosted by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) will raise global awareness of the challenges involved in working within the lifting industry. The schedule of free-to-view webinars is as follows: Military: 26 April 2023 Nuclear: 13 July 2023 Utilities: 27 September 2023 Construction: 25 October 2023 Each webinar will be geared towards…

ISE 2023 to Offer AI-Powered Language Translation at Keynote Presentations

Attendees of AV industry event ISE will be able to experience KUDO AI, a real-time artificial intelligence-powered speech translator in five languages from their smartphones. Keynote speeches by BK Johannessen, Stephen Nuttall and Fran Chuan will be translated entirely using the technology which has been developed by language and technology company, KUDO. Explaining the decision…

Launch of ‘BUILT by Levy’ Strengthens Compass Partnership with UK Design and Build Specialist

Compass Group business Levy UK + Ireland is launching BUILT by Levy – a multi-disciplined service solution that gives venues the advantage of experts under one umbrella to reimagine food and drink spaces. BUILT by Levy’s expertise has been strengthened further with the formation of a new joint venture with long-term design and build associates,…

SPIE UK Awarded Pharma Lab M&E Contract

SPIE UK has won a new contract to deliver mechanical and electrical works in a building on life science company Evotec’s Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Campus in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The 33-week project relates to second-floor laboratories at the campus following the completion of a laboratory construction project earlier this year. Working in a now active building…

PPDS Expands Global Key Accounts Team

PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips-branded professional display solutions, has made two appointments to its management team, with duo Sven Beinlich and Jason Bacon joining as corporate and retail directors. Their appointment confirmation – joining Simone Gagliardi, Valeriia Polovkova and Mikael de Fonseca – comes days before PPDS’ holds its third annual gathering of…

Control Room Technology Installed at High Security Prison

A high-security prison in the United Kingdom has upgraded its video control room to the latest technology. UVS which installed a security control room video wall consisting of an LCD video wall and video wall controller at the prison in 2009 was commissioned to undertake the updates. The prison, which cannot be identified for security reasons,…

Supporting the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology

Facility services provider Bidvest Noonan has become a supporting member of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) which promotes best practices through its research and training in the United Kingdom. The food industry encompasses the production, processing, and distribution of foods and beverages, and employs hundreds of thousands of people.  Bidvest Noonan hygiene…

Cushman & Wakefield Makes Senior Appointment to Colorado Residential Land Services Team

John Covert has been appointed as a director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Denver office and member of its newly formed Rocky Mountain Residential Land Services. Covert’s background includes a variety of work across the residential sector, including single-family residential development, lot and land acquisition, land development, consulting, urban planning, municipal / regional economic development, business…

Shopping Centres Achieve UK Net Zero First

Retail destinations, Quayside MediaCity in Salford and Gloucester Quays, are the first of their kind to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon – Operational Energy’, in line with UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.  The two retail destinations join an expanding list of Peel L&P buildings that have achieved net zero carbon status, demonstrating the company’s commitment…

BCC Commemorates Co-Founder

The British Cleaning Council has paid tribute to Terence King, one of its co-founders who has died aged 82. King and two industry colleagues set up the British Cleaning Council (BCC) in 1982 after hearing the Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) tell an audience during a speech that he felt all…

U.S. Department of Energy Uses Drone for 3D Mapping of Radioactive Waste Vault

Flyability’s Elios 3 drone has been deployed for 3D mapping of a 1960s radioactive waste storage facility in what is being hailed as an industry-first mission. The mission to fly inside the irradiated vault took place in late November 2022 at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center at the Idaho National Laboratory Site in…

Mace Announces Senior Internal Appointment

Mace has appointed Davendra Dabasia to the new role of Chief Operating Officer of its consulting division. Dabasia, who previously served as managing director of the construction and consulting firm’s international division, also becomes a member of the group’s Executive Board and assumes responsibility for boosting Mace’s global delivery capability and growth, and transforming its…

Churchill Appoints Head of Social Value

UK soft-services provider Churchill Group has announced Julie Hollins, a former Colleague Engagement Partner at Barclays, as its new social value lead. Hollins will oversee initiatives that create social value, including the group’s on-going support for the employers domestic abuse, armed forces and care leavers’ covenants – in addition to encouraging colleagues to explore their…

Hinxton Hall Awards Hospitality Contract

Compass Group business Restaurant Associates has won a contract to deliver food and guest services at Hinxton Hall Conference Centre in South Cambridgeshire. Hinxton Hall is located on a hundred-acre estate bordering the River Cam which forms part of the Wellcome Genome Campus – the home of some of the world’s leading institutes and organisations…

GMB Responds to Sale of Wilko Distribution Centre to Brookfield

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) should be expanded to counter the ever-growing influence of private equity investors in the UK high street, says GMB Union. Canadian asset manager Brookfield has agreed to buy the lease on Wilko’s 1.1 million sq ft distribution centre in Worksop, Nottinghamshire for £88 million. Wilko originally sold the distribution centre to DHL for £48 million only…

AI Powered Patrol Debuts at Intersec Dubai

Billed as the world’s first “AI EagleEye Intelligent Patrol”, the latest iteration of the Intelligent Lightbar device from Zenith Technologies is being launched at Intersec Dubai 2023 (DWTC, 17th to 19th January). Zenith, an Australian company with an established presence in the Middle East since 2008, has evolved into disruptor within the Homeland Security space which…

ADNOC Launches Innovative Carbon Capture Well

During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), ADNOC has announced the world’s first fully sequestered carbon dioxide (CO2) injection well in a carbonate saline aquifer.  The project, which is expected to begin injecting CO2 in the second quarter of 2023, marks another important step in ADNOC’s commitment to decarbonize its operations, reduce its carbon intensity by…

One of America’s Most Responsible Companies

Aramark has been named in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2023 following an assessment of publicly-available key performance indicators derived from CSR and sustainability reports, and an independent survey by Statista Inc. KPIs used for the assessment included company performances in the environmental, social, and corporate governance areas, while the independent survey…

Mitie Joins NHS London Procurement Framework

Mitie has been named as a supplier on the NHS London Procurement Partnership Total Facilities Management (TFM) Framework. The facility services provider has been approved to bid for six lots covering hard, soft and total facilities management, cleaning, catering and security services, with the appointment additionally providing Mitie with the opportunity to pursue facilities management…

Legal Firm Selects Pareto FM for Hard Services Contract

Personal injury legal firm Fletchers Group has appointed Pareto FM to deliver hard services and associated compliance services across its property portfolio in the northern United Kingdom. Fletchers employes over 550 partners and support staff across its sites, with headquarters in Manchester and Southport, and new locations coming onboard in Leeds and Liverpool. Although the…

Delaware North Expands U.S. Parks and Resorts Portfolio

Delaware North has acquired the Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn expanding its presence in the North American parks and lodging market.The 322-room hotel and resort is situated in Tusayan, Arizona, 7 miles from the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, making it one of the closest lodging options to the park…

UK Proposals for Plant-based Product Names “Ludicrous”

Proposals by the UK to ban dairy descriptor names for plant-based products have been branded “ludicrous” by an MP speaking in the House of Commons this month. MP Kerry McCarthy (Labour, Bristol East) was referring to draft guidance that the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) is currently considering that would effectively ban…

Savills IM Makes Key European Appointment

Savills Investment Management has appointed Evert Castelein as Senior Fund Manager with responsibility for its investment strategy in the European logistics and industrial sectors. Castelein assumes responsibility for leading and growing new pooled investment vehicles geared at exploiting the continuing rental growth pressure in undersupplied urban markets, but at repriced levels. The introduction of flexible…

World’s Largest Furniture Exhibition Returns as In-person Event

FM Industry event partner, the China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corporaton, will be reinstating CIFF 2023 as an in-person event following the relaxation of entry restrictions on international visitors by the government of China. A requirement for inbound passengers to undergo a molecular Covid-19 swab on arrival into the country which was introduced on…

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