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FM awards presented by BIFM for 8th time

22 October 2008

Achievements in facilities management were celebrated at the 8th annual BIFM International Investors in FM Excellence Awards on the 13th October. The Harrow Green-sponsored event was held at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, with 1,200 there to celebrate the outstanding achievements of their colleagues

The host, Penny Smith, the hugely popular GMTV presenter, welcomed guests and congratulated all the finalists on reaching this stage. Iain Murray, BIFM Chairman, and Ian Fielder, BIFM CEO, thanked the judges and all sponsors for their valuable contribution to making the evening a success.

The presentations began with the ‘New Build Award,’ sponsored by HSS Hire, presented to 'Rio Tinto' for their Regional Centre. The judges were looking at the extent of FM integration throughout the whole process of planning, designing, building and operating a new facility.

The ‘Impact on Organisation and Workplace’ award, sponsored by Reliance Facilities Management, was won by EC Harris LLP. The highly commended award went to Siemens and Schroder Investment Management.

The winner of the ‘Best Practice in a Fit-out Project Award’, sponsored by Planned Lighting, was Nomura International for Nomura House, Client Conference and Executive Suite. The highly commended certificate went to Morgan Lovell plc.

The fourth award ‘Best Practice of FM in a PPP project', sponsored by BIFM, was won by Cofathec. As there was only one valid entry for this specialist sector, the judges felt unable to complete the judging process but BIFM presented Cofathec with a Certificate of Recognition for their project 'Oldham NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust).

The award for ‘Best Article in FM Journalism’, sponsored by MITIE Group plc, was won by Martin Pickard for his 'Dear Guru' column in FMX magazine.

The winner of the ‘Innovation New Product Award’, sponsored by Xenon Group, was PHS Washrooms for Flush Wiser WC Flush Control.
The judges also awarded highly commended certificates to Backbone Furniture and Skanska Facilities Services.

The award for 'Innovation in Systems and Services', sponsored by Hochtief Facility Management is Sodexo for Sodexo Lab Instrument Services.
The judges were delighted to award a highly commended certificate to Dalkia and New Look.

The award for ‘Sustainability’, sponsored by Business Moves Group, went to Interserve Defence Ltd and SEC Ltd for PriDE Goes Green. The judges also gave a highly commended award to Thurrock Council/Europa.

The ‘Technology Award’ sponsored by RS Components was presented to RNM Systems Ltd

The winner of the ‘Customer Service Award’, sponsored by Larch, was Carillion Facilities Management for One Piccadilly Gardens ASBO Scheme.

The award for ‘Student of the Year’, sponsored by Land Securities Trillium, went to Joanne Ray, as the BIFM student who has achieved the best performance during this past year.

The award for ‘Communications and Marketing’, sponsored by FM World, went to Dalkia for Carbon Care and the art of the impossible.

The penultimate award, the 'Hays and BIFM Judges Special Recognition Award', a new award reflecting outstanding contribution, went to Flood Recovery Hull.

The final award ‘Facilities Manager of the Year’, sponsored by Linaker Limited, is given in recognition of outstanding personal performance and development and went to Tricia Stanley.

Following the Awards ceremony, the international show band ’Star’ entertained the audience with a string of well known hits for all to dance the night away.

Full coverage, including a complete video of the evening, will appear on the special Awards page on the BIFM website soon.

The casino, sponsored by FM Jobs, raised £9,500 for charity - to be split between the BIFM Chairman’s charities Macmillan Cancer Support and Dogs for the Disabled.

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