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Hurlingham School Catering Contract

Elior UK subsidiary Lexington is delivering catering services at the independent, co-educational Hurlingham School’s prep and pre-prep departments in Putney, southwest London. The team of fifteen from the company’s dedicated ‘Lexington Independent Schools’ division, includes head chefs located at both of the school’s sites, with the cater also covering hospitality events such as parent evenings…

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Bespoke Broadband Infrastructure for Single Family Housing

Hyper-fast UK broadband provider Glide Group has launched a bespoke Infrastructure and managed service solution for developers of single-family housing (SFH). The end-to-end solution combines fibre infrastructure, a fully managed Wi-Fi and broadband service and additional features such as landlord services, leveraging the company’s expanding national full-fibre network to connect a smart development and deliver…

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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. …

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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…

Perspectives

Bloomberg Intelligence Comments Ahead of Bank of England Interest Rate Decision

Bloomberg Intelligence (BI) housing, real estate and construction analyst Iwona Hovenko, and senior equity research analyst Philip Richards, comment on tomorrow’s anticipated increase in interest rates by the Bank of England. Iwona Hovenko, Property, Real Estate & Mortgage Analyst at BI, says: “The Bank of England’s 50 bps rate hike on Thursday may not change…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Best Practice

Preventing Streptococcal Infections with Proper Cleaning Protocols

Guidance on the workplace prevention of scarlet fever and other infections associated with Strep A bacteria from Reckitt brand, Dettol Pro Solutions. Group A Streptococcus (GAS), also known as Strep A, are a common type of bacteria found on the skin or in the throat which, under certain circumstances, can cause disease. GAS infections often…

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Protecting Recycling Centres From Fire

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), explains why recycling centres are often a source of ignitable material. It is well documented that at Christmas time, household waste in the UK increases by 30 per cent placing recycling centres under pressure in January from the vast amounts of paper, plastic, cardboard and mixed…

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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…

FM Magazine

Letters: Achieving Net Zero with Smart Tech

David Lloyd, General Manager of Connected Energy Performance for Johnson Controls, comments on a recent report by former UK Energy Minister, Chris Skidmore, outlining new opportunities offered by a renewed drive towards net zero. In a major review of the government’s net zero plans, a new report by net-zero tsar Chris Skidmore calls for a serious ‘step…

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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…

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Taking a Closer Look at New Standards for Hospital Food in the UK

Russell Blake, Managing Director – Healthcare, Compass Group UK & Ireland, considers the impact of the National Standards for Food and Drink in Healthcare introduced by the NHS in November 2022. The NHS has implemented new National Standards of Hospital Food for patients, staff, and visitors under its NHS Standard Contract, published in November 2022.…

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Cloudfm Eyeing Scope 3 Net Zero Reductions

Cloudfm has announced a target date of 2035 for eliminating full-scope net zero emissions, having already met its scope 1 and 2 science-based emissions targets. In common with other service providers, a large part of Cloudfm’s carbon footprint is in scope 3, which includes indirect emissions produced by a business as a result of factors…

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Veolia Senior EVP Elevated to Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Gavin Graveson, Veolia Senior Executive Vice President Northern Europe Zone has been awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) in recognition of his contribution to the waste and recycling industry. The award, presented by CIWM’s Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Poulter, highlights the distinguished professional attainment, in the sphere of resource and waste…

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Anabas Appoints Employee Experience Manager

UK facility services provider Anabas has announced Owen Gooding as its new Employee Experience Manager. With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Gooding will support the provider of facility services to the corporate office space with service delivery across its many sites by leveraging a wealth of  customer service experience gained predominantly…

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Wates FM Announces Senior Appointments

Wates has appointed divisional managing directors at its facilities management and southern planned housing maintenance businesses. Antony Collett joins as managing director of the housebuilder’s facilities management business and replaces James Gregg, who has moved into the role of managing director of its southern planned division, housing maintenance, having been managing both businesses since December…

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fu3e Appoints Chief Revenue Officer

Developer of adaptive real estate management software fu3e has named Andy Kean as Chief Revenue Officer. Kean, a SaaS sales leader with a track record of consistently high performance and achieving ambitious growth targets, served most recently as director and Head of UK Sales for CoStar Group in a role which saw him responsible for…

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Churchill Recognised for Environmental Governance

Churchill Services has achieved a Silver award in the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) annual assessment of UK facility services providers’ environmental, social and corporate governance. Run by sustainability consultancy Acclaro Advisory, the SFMI is a sustainability benchmark for the FM sector which is dedicated to embedding sustainability into the management and operations of organisations…

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Veolia Sustainability Fund Supported 96 UK Grassroots Community Projects in 2022

Veolia is continuing to deliver ecological transformation through its Sustainability Fund which supported 96 grassroots projects with more than £80,000 in funding last year and will be open to new applications in April. The Sustainability Fund was launched in 2021 after a challenging couple of years, during which, many communal spaces and local services suffered.…

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New Partnership Extends Fisco UK’s Managed Services Offering

A partnership between FM company Fisco UK and managed workplace services (MWS) provider Apogee Corporation is boosting machinery uptime by 28 per cent. Under the partnership, Fisco UK has joined Apogee’s Affinity Partnership Programme to incorporate  managed print services (MPS), managed IT services (MITS) and outsourced document services (ODS) into its expansive client offering. Fisco…

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Pets Welcome Here

A show house on Miller Homes’ Longshore Village development at Blyth in Northumberland, Northern England, includes an innovative pet-friendly feature. The company recently opened the four bedroom, detached Sherwood show home which has interiors inspired by its coastal location – an added bonus for walking pets. Miller Homes worked alongside Newcastle-based Q Interiors to come…

Case Studies

Case study: 140-Year-Old Department Store Retrofitted with Rooflights

Established in 1882, the family-owned Barkers Department Store in the market town of Northallerton in Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England, offers a fascinating history having expanded by buying out neighbouring properties. In 2022, Barkers embarked on a project to replace the rooflights in all four atriums positioned in the centre of the store above the ladies’…

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BAM Nuttall Announces New Executive Director

Royal BAM Group NV has appointed Huw Jones to  succeed Ian Parish, BAM Nuttall executive director, who retires on 31 December. Parish, who has over 38 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry, re-joined BAM Nuttall in 2020 as managing director, major projects, before taking on the role of interim managing director of BAM Nuttall…

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Middleby Acquires Marco Beverage Systems

Marco Beverage Systems Limited has been acquired by global equipment supplier to the foodservice, beverage, baking and food processing sectors, The Middleby Corporation. Management, activities, and contacts for Marco remain unchanged with managing director, Paul Stack, continuing to support the existing team and consultant Drewry Pearson remaining in his role. Marco will benefit from access…

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UK Construction Stagflating

New work output in the construction industry will not reach pre-pandemic levels until 2027, according to new analyses from the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS). As part of its quarterly data briefing, BCIS has revealed its short and long term forecast for UK construction – and the outlook remains challenging as the industry continues to…

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Remaining Cold Stress Aware

With extreme weather events on the increase, compliance solutions provider CHAS considers the impact of cold weather on outdoor workers and potential legal ramifications in the UK. Despite warming weather as a result of climate change, extreme cold weather events still occur. 2021 saw the lowest temperature recorded for the month of February in the…

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