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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…

Case Studies

How G4S is Securing the UK’s Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station

Noah Price, head of the G4S Academy, provides an overview of the security threats faced by critical national infrastructure, what makes good security and the work G4S is doing to secure Hinkley Point C. Critical national infrastructure (CNI) is, by its very nature, fundamental to the running of any country. Without the contribution from sectors…

Perspectives

Green Light for Factory Rebuild Following Fire?

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), questions recent press reports of planning permission being granted for a manufacturer to rebuild premises destroyed by a fire.  An unsprinklered manufacturing facility in Kidderminster destroyed by a major fire in 2021 will now be rebuilt, or so the newspapers report. One could think that this…

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Survey Uncovers Inadequate Succession Planning by Smaller Professional Landlords in the UK

Handelsbanken Wealth and Asset Management is urging professional landlords in the United Kingdom to plan for the future following a survey finding that 52 per cent of owners of small portfolios of four or more properties have no succession planning. The survey findings by the local relationship bank also suggest a worrying lack of succession…

Perspectives

Supply Chain Models: Could Your Autumn Peak be Riskier Than Usual?

Eighty-four percent of UK businesses are planning on moving from JIT to Just-in-Case supply chain models. What will this mean for pre-Christmas planning? By Matt Whittaker, Commercial Director at Bis Henderson Space. Many retailers depend for their profits on the ‘golden quarter’ – the season running roughly from Halloween through to the January sales, and…

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Parr FM Secures Place on New £800m NHS Hard FM Framework Agreement

UK facility services provider Parr Facilities Management (Parr FM) which operates offices in Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast, has been named as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) second-generation Hard Facilities Management framework agreement. The Hard Facilities Management 2 (Hard FM) framework agreement offers a compliant route to market to all NHS…

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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…

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Almost Half of Smaller UK Landlords Planning to Expand Portfolios

According to the latest survey from Handelsbanken, 49 per cent of small and mid-sized professional landlords with a minimum of four properties in the UK are planning to increase their portfolios in the year ahead, as optimism about residential and commercial property builds despite fears of an economic downturn and the cost of living crisis.…

Best Practice

What FMs Need to Know About EV Charging at Client Locations

Clive MacKinnon, a project director with ABM Technical Solutions in the United Kingdom, considers the technical and operational challenges that are typically encountered by facilities managers overseeing EV charging installations. The electric vehicle revolution is here and EV charging is set to become an expected part of all built environments. From this year, large buildings…

FM Magazine

How Strategic Properly Planning Can Help Charities

Jonathan Rhodes, partner and national head of valuation at global property consultancy Cluttons, discusses the long term benefits for beneficiaries of charitable organisations of strategic real estate planning. The time you serve on a charity’s board of trustees or senior management team is limited relative to how long the charity has already been in existence…

Perspectives

Beware of MEES

Jonathan Rhodes, head of commercial valuations and Rob Burke, director of building consultancy at Cluttons, caution commercial property owners and lenders following the closure of the UK government’s consultation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Following the closure of the MEES consultation in June this year, the property sector has a lot of work to…

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