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FM Report 199 - Friday 29th June 2007

29 June 2007

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First European FM Awards presented in Zurich
At the first ever European FM Awards at the Gala Dinner of EFMC2007 in Zurich on Tuesday night (26th June), Johnson Controls and BP won the Partners Across Borders category for suppling consistent, high quality FM services across 22 sites in 16 different countries together with alliance partners Wisag and Altys Sodexho. A researcher at the Centre of Facilities Management at the University of Salford, Qi Zhou Moss, won European FM Researcher of the Year for her work on improving FM Market Intelligence in Europe, and Finnish student, Peggy Rothe won European FM Student of the Year. The Awards were organised by EuroFM and sponsored by Barclays, Facilitec and GlaxoSmithKline. A full conference report will also be posted shortly.

Government estate opts for better property performance
Whitehall departments accounting for over 90% of the Government's office estate have agreed how to deliver Government's High Performing Property initiative to create a rationalised and fit for purpose estate and annual savings of between £1-1.5bn by 2013 (from an estate costs of £6bn/yr). This will be achieved primarily by better use of property data, benchmarking and improved space utilisation.

London construction inflation set to triple
Construction inflation in London is set to rise by three times the rate of consumer inflation over the next two years, according to EC Harris's latest Economic Survey. This shows that building tender price inflation in London is forecast to run at 6.3% over the next year and by 6.5% the following year. Tender prices in London have been increasing well above the national average where tender prices rose by 4 - 4.5% over the past year.

Online survey on FM roles and priorities
The next i-FM Audit of the UK Facilities Management Sector online survey is now open and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The Audit looks at the roles and priorities of frontline FMs, how they make decisions and what drivers are shaping the future for their organisations. This year it will also include the priority being given to green issues, and perceptions of marketing and branding in FM. Prizes can be won by participants including a Sony 60Gb PS3, an 80Gb video iPod, a Navman F30 satellite navigation system or a charity donation.

FM role survey results
Key findings from the first phase of 'FM 2007 Challenges & Opportunities for the Facilities Management Sector', a joint research investigation by the BIFM and BDO Stoy Hayward, found that over 60% believe the scope of FM will expand within their organisations over the next five years. About half of respondents said that FM budgets, which account for some 20% of their organisation's total spending, are likely to rise over the next 12 months. and

TWM event has 'Greenday'
Among new features at Total Workplace Management 10-11 October at London Olympia 2007, is 'Green FM'. Wednesday 10th October will be designated 'Greenday' with seminars and debate on sustainability, recycling, carbon footprint and the green office issues. TWM will also feature the Building Services Event M&E, AMPS Power Expo and E2 - Energy Solutions expo, as well as the PropFM Conference.

London 2012 construction roadshows
The Olympic Delivery Authority, DTI, HSE and Constructing Excellence are to host a series of 2012 Construction Commitment roadshows across the UK over the next 6-9 months to raise awareness of the supply chain opportunities generated by its tier one contractors, and advise on 2012 Construction Commitments, Common Minimum Standards and the 2007 CDM Regulations. The first event is on 28 June in Bristol.

More entry level qualifications for FMs
BIFM and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of new FM units for QCA Level 2 & 3 vocational qualifications as part of BIFM's professional development strategy to develop a coherent framework of qualifications to support the FM sector.

Furniture contract for London Boroughs, and more
Roc Furniture with NESS, Wagstaff, Unique and Office Depot - all part of a London Contracts Supplies Group Contract - has won a 4-year framework contract to supply furniture to every London borough, plus many other large organisations including the Arts Council of England, the BMA, the UK Passport Authority, London Underground, Unison and several universities and hospitals. The contract, which is being managed primarily via the London Borough of Havering, will see the companies supplying office furniture at all levels, as well as educational and lab furniture, and a range of support services from project management to disposals, relocation and space planning.
Tel: 0870 850 9119

Fire risk from smoking ban
With just days to go to the smoking ban, Norwich Union has warned of increased fire risks from smoking outside premises. It warns that smoking shelters must be subject to fire risk assessment, made of non-combustible materials and, where practicable, sited at least 10m away from any building or structure. Metal ashtrays and a separate metal waste bin with a fitted lid should be provided and removal of smoking waste monitored. In addition, raised, slatted floors and decking should be avoided because combustible debris could accumulate underneath.

eAuction saves Government £100m in office supplies
The price public sector organisations pay for their office stationery, printer cartridges, paper and magnetic media will be cut by up to 62% in a groundbreaking collaborative deal led by the MoD. Under the new deal achieved under a reverse eAuction, Lyreco UK will supply stationery, Office Depot UK the cut paper and Westcoast Ltd (trading as Orion Media Marketing) the magnetic media and electronic office consumables to the MoD, HM Revenue and Customs, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Metropolitan Police, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, and OGC.

Docklands hub for Harrow Green
Harrow Green has opened a new commercial service centre in London's Docklands, bringing three commercial divisions under one roof and further extending its London warehouse capacity. The new Silvertown service centre close to London City Airport, is now the shared home of Harrow Green's Interiors division and the southern operations of its Commercial Relocation and Project Management divisions, previously based at the Group's head office in Cooks Road, E15.

Charity 5-a-side a success
Facilities Recruitment Limited (FRL), specialists for the recruitment of Facilities Personnel hosted the BIFM five a side football tournament for the third year, this year held at Millwall Football club. Sixteen teams battled it out over 23 matches; 'FM All Stars' a team of independent facilities personnel were the tournament champions. Through raffle prizes and sponsorship, FRL were able to raise an amazing £4,600 for the Marie Curie Cancer care trust. For more information about FRL or the tournament, contact Marianne Glover on
Tel: 0207 960 4120

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