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FM Report 201 - Thursday 25th July 2007

25 July 2007

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When the flood waters subside, the clean up begins. PFM has searched the internet to find useful advice for you on flood damage - what to do now and in the future. This includes the top 10 tips from the RICS, as well as links to advice from The Environment Agency, English Heritage and The Association of British Insurers.

Occupiers don't want Government to legislate on lease code
Two-thirds of corporate property occupiers are opposed to legislation to make the Code for Leasing Business Premises mandatory preferring self-regulation, according to the report by the CBI and property adviser GVA Grimley. The report, 'Property and the Boardroom', published this week reveals that opposition to legislation is highest among smaller firms, at 83 per cent. According to the survey, corporate occupiers are not making the best use of flexibility in their leases with three-quarters of companies exercising less than one quarter of breaks. Other key findings: 57% want to see the end of the upwards-only rent review and 71% of all firms want to see continuing liability post assignment to be removed.

Government on track to save up to £1.5bn
Government Departments are on track to save up to £1.5bn a year through more effective management of the Government Estate. The Government Asset Management Conference earlier this month was told that to date, 2m sq ft of London property has been released through the exercise of property controls and £36m has been taken off the Government's rent bill in London. The High Performing Property programme was launched last year together with other initiatives including the workspace standards development project in association with IPD Occupiers to establish standards for all Government accommodation.

HSE supports Buncefield Group's recommendations
The HSE has supported recommendations and guidance prepared by the Buncefield Standards Task Group (BSTG), designed to improve standards at petrol storage sites. The HSE believes the recommendations will lead to significant improvements in safety standards and the prevention of major accidents. Although predominantly aimed at operators of sites storing petrol, parts of the guidance should also be adopted by those operating other major hazard sites.

Dalkia grows CHP through acquisition
Dalkia has this week agreed to acquire a majority share in the The Cogeneration Company Limited, owner of CHP systems supplier, Cogenco Limited. Dalkia's shareholding will increase to 100% over the next three years. Dalkia has an existing UK CHP capacity of 160MWe, mainly in industrial and healthcare applications, and the acquisition of Cogenco will expand this portfolio by a further 105MWe.

Lancaster Cleaning bought by Rentokil Initial
Rentokil Initial has acquired Lancaster Office Cleaning Company for £19m. Lancaster operates in the Greater London area, particularly in the City of London and Canary Wharf with a client list that includes Deutsche Bank, Swiss Re, Tower 42, Merrill Lynch and Barclays. The company employed 3,600 people and had revenues of £45m in 2006.

Schools need lean supply chains
According to research undertaken by the University of the West of England, schools are not taking advantage of 'lean' supply chains in the management and maintenance of their buildings. The RAMS report - Rethinking Asset Management in Schools – says too many schools either rely on advice and guidance from their local LEA or just resort to Yellow Pages to find suppliers. The research was supported by Ian Williams which has a growing business in providing maintenance services to the education sector. also at

Online survey on FM roles and priorities
The i-FM Audit of the UK Facilities Management Sector online survey is still 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.

Sodexho wins Cyprus MoD contract
Sodexho has signed a 5-year contract for Project Gibson with the British Forces in Cyprus to provide and manage soft services including catering, retail shops, café bars, pool resorts and beach clubs, waste management and accommodation stores management. Some 800 staff will transfer from the MoD, NAAFI and ESS to Sodexho to serve 10,000 Forces personnel and service families.
Munroe K awards retail contracts to Incentive FM
Asset management company, Munroe K, has appointed Incentive FM to provide an integrated FM service covering all contract activities at multi tenanted retail parks across the South West. The contract covers Cwmbran and Blackwood Retail Parks in South Wales, Eastgate Retail Park in Bristol, Barnstaple Retail Park in Devon and Kingsteignton Retail Park in Newton Abbot.

Healthcare PFI cancelled
The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has decided not to proceed with with PFI plan to develop hospital services at its three sites following a strategic review. Triskelion Healthcare, a JV between John Laing, Laing O'Rourke and Serco, was the preferred bidder appointed in 2004.

CHSS acquired by National Britannia
National Britannia Group has acquired safety training specialists, Corporate Health & Safety Solutions (CHSS). The company employs 100 and provides safety, health and environmental training to blue chip companies across the UK, the Gulf, Indian subcontinent and former Russian states, particularly in the petrochemical sector. The acquisition takes National Britannia's turnover to £50m this year and its headcount to 780.

New chair for CSSA
The Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) has appointed Douglas Cooke as its new chairman, succeeding Roger Goodman who stepped down after 4 years in the post. The CSSA represents 70% of the contract cleaning industry in UK and Ireland. Cooke's objective is to encourage more SMEs in the cleaning sector to join the CSSA.

Call for FM Research Papers
Manchester has been chosen for the EFMC 2008 and 7th European FM Research Symposium on June 10-11. The event is co-hosted by the University of Salford, RICS and BIFM. The research Symposium includes presentation of research papers, EuroFM project workshops and a post graduate workshop and poster session. Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by 15th September 2007.

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