FM Magazine

Roundtable: Issues and Trends in Hotel Development Finance

In a macro-economic context featuring several challenges including political uncertainty, rising interest rates, a surge in development costs and ESG-related pressures, the hospitality industry has shown great resilience with numerous signs of a well-engaged trading recovery. At an industry day hosted by Glion Institute of Higher Education London for its MSc Real Estate, Finance and…


Driving the Future of the Connected Workplace

Utelogy Corporation is continuing to unveil platform enhancements, forge new partnerships and expand internationally as it redefines the user experience in increasingly connected global workplaces. The company has been increasing headcount across EMEA and the US, and has also grown its US presence with new headquarters in Petaluma, California, and additional offices in Seattle, WA,…


MRI Unveils Next-Gen Real Estate Platform

MRI Software has presented its vision for the next generation of its open technology platform MRI Agora™ at the company’s Ascend users conference in New Orleans. According to the software developer, the new Agora platform will enable real estate businesses to make better decisions through connected data, automate mundane tasks, and differentiate through technology. “The…


Kimberly-Clark Claims Global First for Recyclable Hand Towel Core Plug

Kimberly-Clark Professional™ has added 100 per cent bio-based and recyclable core plugs in its Scott® and Kleenex® hand towel ranges in the EMEA region in what the company’s describing as an industry first. The plastic-free core plugs are made primarily from starch and fibre, replacing plastic core plugs currently in use. It is estimated to…

Net Zero

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…


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…


Summer School: A Fire Safety Curriculum

As educational facilities revel in a summertime of empty hallways and classrooms, Sue Corrick, EMEA Product Manager at Allegion UK, explains why it’s the perfect time to assess fire door hardware. The great British summertime has arrived, known for its quintessential rainy days, packed out beach fronts and extended educational term breaks. By the time…


Hochiki Announces Senior Global Appointment

Global life safety solutions provider Hochiki has elevated Shinsuke Kubo, manaaging director of its operations in the Middle East who is based in Dubai, to the new role of Commercial Director for Hochiki Europe, Middle East, Africa (MEA) and India. Kubo will relocate to the company’s UK head office in Gillingham, Kent and undertaking regular…


State of Access Control Report Highlights Demand for Future-Proof Mobile Solutions

According to a new 2022 State of Access Control Report from IFSEC Global and identity solutions provider HID Global, 42 per cent of participants in a survey indicated they plan to upgrade to mobile-ready systems. The report surveyed just over 1,000 respondents from across North America (56 per cent), EMEA (29 per cent) and Asia…


PPDS Announces New European Sales Director

PPDS has appointed AV specialist Jae O Choi Park as its new European Sales Director. Part of an ambitious five-year growth strategy, and an ongoing global expansion and recruitment drive, Park is one of the AV industry’s leading international talents, achieving extensive financial, sales and account management experience within the world’s leading professional displays specialists…


Seeley International Celebrates Golden Jubilee in Dubai

Seeley International has celebrated 50 years of climate control solutions and its decade-long partnership with Climagulf in the Middle East at a special event in Dubai. The celebration on 25th May featured speeches from company founder and Executive Chairman, Frank Seeley, and Group Managing Director, Jon Seeley. Sabu Abraham, Climagulf CEO, welcomed Sealey representatives and…

Automation & AI

SoftBank Robotics UK and Keenon Robotics Enter Strategic Partnership

Companies to develop a variety of automated and intelligent tray delivery systems to help with challenges in the service industry, hospitality, education and elderly care.


MRI Expands Global Executive Team

MRI Software has named three experienced technology leaders to key senior vice president roles in sales, services and revenue operations, and expanded company president John Ensign’s role to Executive Managing Director for North America. The software developer has also appointed Sherry Lautenbach as Senior Vice President (SVP) of North America Sales, Eric Walsh as SVP…


JLL Announces New Leader for UK Engineering and Facilities Services Business

JLL has appointed Peter Jones as Managing Director of Integral, its engineering and facilities services business in the United Kingdom. With more than 3,000 staff across the UK, Integral provides a broad scope of mechanical and electrical (M&E) property maintenance solutions including mobile engineering, fire and life safety, HVAC and gas services, critical environment management,…


Utelogy to Showcase Technology and Platform Innovations for the Connected World at ISE 2022

Connected workplace software iprovider Utelogy Corporation will be exhibiting its latest product innovations during the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2022) exhibition at Fira de Barcelona from 10th to 13th May.  The company returns to the event after announcing significant increases in YoY revenues and bookings of more than 270% following the Covid-19 pandemic. New software…


Colliers Appointment Heralds Allianz ‘New Ways of Working’ Review

Allianz Holdings has appointed Colliers as its preferred UK real estate partner to deliver a new ways of working review focused on the insurer’s ESG objectives, with the additional objective of maximising the efficiency of its real estate through the use of technology and innovation. Allianz’s Property and Workspace Services team issued a competitive request…


DRC Savills Investment Management Finances Blackbrook Spanish Supermarket Portfolio

Funds advised by European investment fund advisor, DRC Savills Investment Management LLP (DRC SIM), financed a portfolio of 21 supermarket assets owned by Blackbrook Capital (Blackbrook). Blackbrook were advised by the EMEA Cushman & Wakefield Debt and Structured Finance (C&W) team on the financing. The portfolio is subject to long-term triple net leases to Eroski,…


Real Estate in Europe

  A new report from Moody’s identifies persistent inflation and low economic growth as the biggest risks to credit quality in Europe’s otherwise liquid real estate sector.   Sector-In-Depth-Real-Estate-Europe-10Mar22-1


Trelleborg Becomes Official Giro d’Italia 2022 Sponsor

Trelleborg has become an official partner of Giro d’Italia 2022, one of the most prestigious racing events in the professional cycling calendar. Taking place from 6th to 29th May, the Giro d’Italia tour will cross Italy, attracting millions of viewers worldwide and thousands of spectators in rural communities. Elio Bartoli, President EMEA & Global OEM…


PSNI Global Alliance Appoints Board of Directors for 2022

AV integrator network PSNI Global Alliance has confirmed a new Board of Directors for 2022. John Laughlin, CEO of Conference Technologies, has been elevated to the position of President, having previously served as Vice-President, and will lead the Alliance as it launches several new managed services initiatives. Kevin Groves, CEO of Alpha Video, moves from…


JLL: Perspectives for Enterprise 2022

Despite widespread acknowledgment hybrid working will be a mainstay of the post-Covid-19 era, employers are experiencing considerable structural difficulties implementing strategies that work, according to the latest research on the EMEA market from JLL. JLL-Perspectives-for-Enterprise-2022-1


Companies Unprepared for Hybrid Working

Over half of companies in the EMEA region are still not ready to implement a structural shift to support hybrid working and must do more to create responsible, personalised and experiential workplaces, according to a new report from JLL. A key finding of the research is that organisations, globally, are looking to continue flexibility in…


Datapath Expands European Business Development Team

Video wall display and control solutions brand Datapath has expanded its business development team with two senior European appointments. For Southern Europe, covering Spain, Portugal and Italy, the company welcomes Carmen Jerez as regional sales manager. Based in Madrid, Carmen brings extensive experience in AV technical support and management following a strong history of success…

Energy Management

Erik Jaspers Elevated to IFMA Fellow

29.10.2021, 11:39 Erik Jaspers Elevated to IFMA Fellow The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has recognised the contribution of Erik Jaspers, Global Strategy & Innovation Director at Planon, to its international development by naming him as a Fellow. Jaspers, a consummate FM Technology expert who has helped define the agenda for information technology in the…


Just Eat Appoints JLL to Find European Inner-city Scoober Hubs

08.09.2021, 01:16 Just Eat Appoints JLL to Find European Inner-city Scoober Hubs JLL has been appointed by global online food delivery marketplace Just Eat to acquire leasehold properties for its inner-city ‘Scoober’ hubs across the United Kingdom and Europe. Scoober, the company’s delivery model in Europe, provides hubs for couriers to begin and end their…


MRI Adds FSI Cloud Platform to IWMS Portfolio

16.08.2021, 16:02 MRI Adds FSI Cloud Platform to IWMS Portfolio MRI has acquired UK developer of enterprise class cloud-based facilities management software, FSI, in a move that will strengthen its integrated workplace management software capabilities. FSI has more than 300 clients around the world, including Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The…


Accessibility: More than an Afterthought

29.07.2021, 11:44 Accessibility: More than an Afterthought Stuart Finnie, Regional Principal, Design – EMEA at commercial interior design practice Unispace, comments on the UK government’s National Disability Strategy.   A quarter of working adults in the UK now identify as having a disability, and there is growing recognition that accessibility is becoming an important corporate…


Taking Maximum Control of Hygiene

22.06.2021, 10:41 Taking Maximum Control of Hygiene Introducing from Kimberly-Clark Professional the improved wipe to complete the WypAll® Wettask™ Roll Wiper Dispenser System.   Designed for maximum control of both hygiene and cost efficiencies, the solution supports protocols that maintain clean, hygienic surfaces and have never been more important for premises than today.  Facility managers…


ISS Announces Key Manufacturing Segment Appointment

07.06.2021, 14:44 ISS Announces Key Manufacturing Segment Appointment ISS has appointed Sebastian Volders as joint Global Head of Growth for the life sciences and manufacturing segment. Volders, who will share the position with Nicole Ballard, joins ISS from CBRE where he was recently Managing Director and Host EMEA Lead for Global Sales and Client Solutions. A…


Kodak Alaris Acquires Spigraph Kodak Scanner and ibml Service Business

06.04.2021, 13:16 Kodak Alaris Acquires Spigraph Kodak Scanner and ibml Service Business Kodak Alaris has acquired a portion of Spigraph’s UK service business including the repair and maintenance of Kodak Alaris scanners, which were previously handled by Spigraph. The agreement allows the company to expand the reach of its world class service organisation and deliver…


A New Era of Game-Changing Hospitality

02.02.2021, 09:17 A New Era of Game-Changing Hospitality The Jan Heintze Kick Box function and hospitality suite at PSV Eindhoven’s 35,000 capacity Philips stadium has received eight new advanced smart Philips professional displays from PPDS. Named after the club’s European cup-winning legend who is also a Danish national team star (86 caps), the hospitality venue…

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