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National Museums Liverpool focus forms part of World FM Day exercise

14 July 2016

Successful outcomes within National Museums Liverpool (NML) have been highlighted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to coincide with yesterday's World FM Day.

These include meeting carbon footprint targets while also preserving a range of artefacts through maintaining optimum temperature and humidity levels.

It is one of six case studies that RICS will launch later this month to demonstrate the value of FM, and the integral role played by strategic facilities management in successful running of businesses from museums to a hotel complex.

RICS UK Director of Commercial Property Professional Group Paul Bagust described the NML example as a "hugely innovative and alternative approach".

"This strategic partnership approach between FM provider Integral UK Limited and NML has resulted in a reduction in energy use while maintaining optimum humidity and temperature targets,£ he said.

"As a result, NML were joint first in their UK Carbon Reduction National League Table.

“Using FM expertise, effective technology and systems, a long-term partnership approach to asset and estates management has delivered tangible results from both a cost and socio-economic value perspective – this is what strategic facilities management is all about.”

Considerations for Integral included the ageing mechanical and electrical systems within the historic buildings, plus the need to create unique environments to preserve valuable artwork and collections, combined with high visitor numbers, presenting a complex maintenance delivery challenge.

NML estates manager Chris Bailey said: “There are often conflicting environmental requirements between our collections and visitors, so from an estate point of view, we have to strive to get that balance right most of the time.

"For example, heating for a visitor could mean drying for a painting, which risks damage. Understanding these differences is just the beginning of the challenge.”

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