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FM Report 185 - Thursday 16th November 2006

16 November 2006

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Sports facilities partnership wins top PFM Award
A partnership that spanned the world to provide catering facilities for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games stole the show at the PFM Awards last month, winning both the new Partners in Sports Facilities Management category and the Overall PFM Award 2006. (Pictured Left l-r are Lisa Ryan, EFM, Nicki Thomson of sponsors, Barclays, and Peter Schad, MD of PKL Food Service). A total of 14 Awards were presented at the presentation ceremony at The Brewery, London, attended by nearly 600 people in the FM sector and hosted by athlete and London 2012 ambassador, Roger Black.

New European FM Awards launched
The new European FM Awards have been launched at the PFM Awards. These will have three categories - Partners Across Borders, FM Student of the Year and FM Researcher of the Year. Organised by EuroFM in association with PFM, the Awards will be presented at EFMC 2007 in Zurich next June.

FM and cleaning markets growth continues
According to the latest UK Facilities Management Report from MBD, the £110.3bn FM market will increase through to 2011 by between 2-4 per cent a year. The contracted out FM market accounts for 61 per cent of the total market and Total FM is fairly static at 8 per cent of the market. MBD's latest UK Contract Cleaning Market Development report values the contract cleaning market at £11-12bn, up 15 per cent compared to 2002. Between 2007 and 2011, the annual rate of growth will be 2-3 per cent.

Bid to build and manage student eco-housing
Bids are being sought for new student housing at the University of Bradford in an environmentally sustainable community on its campus. The University is seeking expressions of interest for the right to build and manage the University's £22m 'Sustainable Student Village' that will house 500 students in boulevards of traditional terraced houses. The aim is to provide students with a self-sufficient community of terrace housing where students will share and be responsible for a house including its energy consumption, waste recycling and the neighbourhood as a whole. Contact the University of Bradford's Department of Estates and Facilities on 01274 233417 or e-mail

Pan-European news on FM
EuroFM has published its first edition of European FM Insight, an electronic publication that brings published information about FM from across Europe into one place. Launching the first edition, EuroFM chairman, Jose Garcia Cuartero, said, the aim of the publication is, "To make the best quality FM information in the world available to all its readers from a single platform, at the touch of the reader's e-mail button." The publication draws on the expertise and contributions from some 20 publications across 13 countries that publish in more than 10 different languages. PFM is one of the publication partners and readers can view the first European FM Insight on our website or the EuroFM site,

Green guide for offices
The British Council for Offices has published a new guide on environmental management of offices giving guidance on whole life cycle of a building from construction through to occupation, waste management, green travel and reduction of carbon emissions. Essential reading for office developers, designers and occupiers, the guide, says one of the report authors and a partner at Hoare Lea, Nick Cullen, "It links the often separate worlds of design and construction to that of property management to encourage and enable all concerned to work together to facilitate the effective environmental management of offices."

Accident statistics show improvements
Working days lost in GB due to work-related injury and ill-health fell from 40m in 2000-2002 to 30m in 2005-6, on track to meet the HSE's 20 per cent reduction target by 2010. Fatal and major injuries also fell in the period. Stress and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for three-quarters of the 24 million days lost due to ill-health. Agriculture and construction remain the most hazardous occupations.

Leeds BSF
An Interserve-led consortium, Environments for Learning (E4L), has been named preferred bidder for the Leeds City Council BSF programme. As part of its 10 year partnership E4L will deliver 14 schools with capital works value of £220m and run the schools for 25 years.

MITIE lands national landscape award
MITIE has recently won a national landscape award for grounds maintenance of business and private grounds at The Linde Group, formerly The BOC Group plc, HQ in Windlesham, Surrey, where the company has been providing external grounds and interior tropical plant maintenance at the site since 2003. The award was received from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).

Olympic timetable on track but no FM contracts before 2009
The clock may be ticking to 2012 but the teams delivering the Olympic facilities and events are relaxed and confident that timescales will be met. In front of an audience of 60 from the FM and support services sector invited by Barclays and Deloitte on Monday evening, David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Neil Wood, finance director of LOCOG, Gary France, head of programme planning at the Olympic delivery partner CLM, and Mary Rielly, chair of the London Development Agency (LDA) promised a 'great party for the summer of 2012'. Despite there being just over five years to go, Higgins reassured the audience by saying that the London team was ahead of previous Games organisers at the same point in time. Furthermore, he said, it was a "masterstroke" to put the ODA and LOCOG in the same premises in Canary Wharf, working together everyday. Higgins said it had not been decided when and how FM contracts would be let but none are likely to be bid before 2009. He expected that the delivery of services to 17,000 athletes and officials would be under a very large 'hotel type' contract. A fuller report of this event will appear in December PFM.
Airport cleaning contract - new tender
A tender document for a 3-year £3.5m contract for the cleaning, portering and special needs assistance provision for London Luton, Belfast and Cardiff airports is released today by TBI Airport Holdings Ltd. The appointed contractor will provide the required services at all three airports, but if this cannot be achieved, different contractors will be selected to provide services for one or more airports. The final appointment will be on the basis of separate contracts with each individual airport.

Third largest London business mover
Two of London's leading commercial removal companies, Exclusive Moves and Total Move Solution, are to merge, becoming one of the top three business movers in London and the south east. TMS, formerly owned by BCL until a management buy-out led by current CMG chairman Andy Carr in 2004, will move its Rainham operation to Exclusive Moves' Leamouth Wharf head office. Andy Carr has been appointed as head of the merged business. The combined companies will continue to serve their existing clients while working to secure new opportunities as a bigger service provider. The current combined turnover of both companies will now be close to £7.0 million. The merged businesses are part of the Harrow Green group, the UK's largest workplace change solutions provider. Exclusive Moves was acquired by Harrow Green in 2002, and has always operated - and will continue to do so - as a separate limited company.

Update your legal know-how
The 8th Annual Facilities Management Legal Update conference and dinner in Cambridge on 30-31 January, will cover 21 hot legal topics including the latest advice from the Beckingham trial and the Buncefield explosion as well as the latest changes to disability and access, building regulations, employment, H&S, landlord and tenant, and environmental law.

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