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FM Report 198 - Thursday 14th June 2007

14 June 2007

The latest FM news direct to your desktop

Islington's new schools to be maintained by Haden
Balfour Beatty's Transform Schools has been appointed preferred bidder by Islington Council for the £140m PPP to deliver 8 secondary schools and 2 pupil referral units under the Building Schools for the Future programme. Haden Building Management will maintain the schools when they are built in three phases over five years starting from 2008.

Engineering and energy management services contracts to GSH
GSH Group is to provide engineering services to the National Australia Group, and will self-deliver M&E services, fabric work and energy management across the whole Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank portfolio - 450 high street branches, head office properties and data centres across the UK. GSH Group has also recently been awarded contracts to deliver FM services to Allied Irish Bank and in the USA, to John Hopkins University's new 12 storey Biomedical Research Centre on its Baltimore campus.

Interserve to build and maintain schools
The consortium of Interserve and O'Hare & McGovern has been named preferred bidder for the £70m Down & Connor and De La Salle schools project comprising 4 schools in counties Down and Antrim for 2,650 pupils. The FM services aspect of the contract is estimated at £33m over a period of 25 years from the opening of the schools.

Successes for Bradley sisters
At a recent meeting of the FMA's Young Manager's Forum, Rebecca Bradley was unanimously voted to the chair to succeed Jason Cousins who has held the position from the start of the Forum three years ago. Rebecca is Estates Manager for Meryll Lynch. Meanwhile her twin sister, Victoria Bradley has become the first FM to become a Chartered Manager since the FMA reached agreement with the Chartered Management Institute for suitably qualified FMs to undergo the assessment process. Victoria, a consultant with BT, already had an MBA and has now added CMgr to her name.

First DBAs in FM from Sheffield Hallam
The first two graduates from Sheffield Hallam University FMGC have achieved DBA degrees in Business Administration in FM. The degree offers experienced FM practitioners support while undertaking research projects of direct relevance to their employer, profession or industry, and to produce a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to professional knowledge. Dr Rachel Macdonald, Director of Facilities at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust who was sponsored by FSI Concept through her three years of study, identified strategic leadership behaviours and practices among NHS managers that contributed to gaining excellent PEAT assessments, while Dr Andrew Green created and validated a process of guided self reflection by managers about aligning support environments with the needs of their business.

FM for housing PFI
Gleeson Services (Powerminster) has won the FM contract at the Stanhope Estate in Ashford, a PFI regeneration scheme for 768 new and existing homes, in a contract worth £24m over 30 years that covers grounds maintenance, voids, grafitti removal, responsive and planned maintenance and lifecycle replacement.

HVCA members all independently assessed
Since the HVCA announced three years ago that it would be mandatory for its members to undergo third party inspection and assessment, all 1400 members have completed the process. This inspection and assessment process has to be repeated every three years and members are now going through it again. This new regime was brought in because members demanded the HVCA should raise industry standards and professionalism.

Wembley hosts international stadium conference
Claimed to be the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, Wembley played host to the Stadium and Arena conference and exhibition attracting delegates from UK and overseas, including a large party from Russia. Delegates heard how sport is a major business and a catalyst for other things such as regeneration, social inclusiveness, rebranding, sport and health, national and civic pride. James Bulley of LOCOG explained the role that temporary facilities would play in providing a sustainable games. He said "It is about spending money smartly to create design that is reusable, demountable and flexible."

Maintenance at Anglian Water
Inviron, partnering with ISS Coflex, is to provide planned and reactive maintenance and small works across 13 Anglian Water sites in a 5-year deal. The two companies will integrate their helpdesk facilities with Inviron providing the M&E aspect at its Ipswich branch and four dedicated mobile engineers to oversee the contract. Inviron already has a contract to maintain Anglian Water's sewerage and clean treatment works, pumping stations and electrical testing.

Turn to air to cut carbon
Mitsubishi Electric called for a radical change to the way we heat and cool our commercial and residential buildings at the House of Commons last week. Its UK Living Environmental Systems Division (LES) launched the 'Green Gateway Initiative' to cut over 3m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by 2016 by using the untapped heat energy that exists in the air and the wider use of cool outside air to reduce the need for air conditioning. Commercial Director Donald Daw told MPs and guests, "One of the easiest ways of achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions would be through the greater use of heat pump technology which extracts free energy from the surrounding air - the energy in the air that surrounds us is a key sustainable resource that doesn't currently factor into people's thinking."

HVCA and ECA join up on sustainability
The HVCA and Electrical Contractor Association (ECA) have agreed to work together in a joint approach to sustainability when representing the industry and providing practical, expert advice to members and clients. Building services engineers are likely to play a key role in providing high efficiency low carbon systems, and said Robert Higgs, chief executive of the HVCA, that "It is entirely appropriate that the ECA and HVCA should co-operate in helping members to develop the necessary skills and expertise."

Focus on hotels and leisure
ISS has launched a Hotel and Leisure Division to focus on services to these sectors. It currently cleans over 1 million hotel bedrooms and provides catering, landscaping and other facilities services. Based in London, the new Division will be headed by Chrissy Hodges.

Integral goes inside
Integral has launched Integral Interiors following the acquisition last year of specialist shop fitters, Retail and Leisure. The business has now entered into a partnership with Simon Kohn (Furniture) Ltd specialists in the manufacture of architectural joinery. The new partnership enables Integral Interiors to offer an increased range of services including cost and design planning, contract administration and management, and CDM management.

Europa extends role at Midsummer Place
Europa Facility Services is to provide security services at Midsummer Place in Milton Keynes in addition to the cleaning services it has provided since 2000. At The Shires Shopping Centre in Leicester, Europa has been given approval to open a centre for the delivery of BICSc training.

Free seminar and free audit for your data centre
Delegates to a FREE seminar on improving energy efficiency in data centres together with server virtualisation and virtual facilities, will be offered a FREE high level audit to establish your Datacentre Efficiency Ratio.The seminar is organised by Keysource, APC, Sun Microsystems, Future Facilities and Datacentre Solutions and is to be held at the Energy Clinic in London from 3pm on 19th June.

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