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FM Report 194 - Thursday 5th April 2007

05 April 2007

The latest FM news direct to your desktop.

Building energy rating regulations published
Regulations on the Energy Performance of Buildings were published this week by the Ministry for Communities and Local Government. Public buildings including museums, galleries, government buildings and town hall must get Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and display them from April 2008 to show the annual carbon emissions of each building. These regulations also cover homes for sale (from 1 June), new homes (from 1 October) and non-dwellings over 500sq m for sale or rent from (6 April 2008).

Bullring's cleaning contractor retained
Birmingham's Bullring, has re-appointed Europa Facility Services Ltd to provide cleaning, waste management and ancillary services to the complex that contains over 160 shops and kiosks and is visited by more than 37m customers each year. Europa has been cleaning contractor at the Bullring since it opened 3.5 years ago and this contract extension is worth £1.4m/year. Europa maintains an on-site management team and is responsible for the supply of equipment and consumables as well as Mall, back of house and high level cleaning, total waste management and recycling initiatives, pest control and hygiene services.

T5 FM and cleaning contracts announced
Following EMCOR Facilities Services' appointment as BA's strategic partner, it has won the £69m FM contract extension to manage and maintain facilities for Heathrow's Terminal 5. The contract covers not only T5's passenger lounges, industrial buildings, cargo centres, hangers and offices but also BA's Waterside HQ and the transition of BA to the new terminal. The cleaning contract for T5 has subsequently been awarded to MITIE by BAA, BA and EMCOR. MITIE starts this month with maintenance cleaning.

Lease code strengthened
A stronger Code of Practice for Leasing Business Premises was launched last week by Communities Minister, Yvette Cooper to make leasing shops and offices more user-friendly, particularly for smaller businesses. The Code creates a new framework that puts landlord and tenants in a partnership relationship and ensures that leases don't tie tenants into long contract periods.

HSE fines hospital for legionella death
The HSE has prosecuted the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust following the death of a patient in 2004 from Legionnaires' disease contracted while an in-patient at the hospital. Pleading guilty, the hospital was fined £40,000 each for breaches of Regulations 6 and 7 of the COSHH Regulations, and ordered to pay costs of £23,883. The HSE also published its report of the Barrow outbreak this week in which 7 people died, citing criticism of the procedures in place at the Council.

Contract cleaning market up 5%
In 2006 the value of the UK contract cleaning market increased by 5% to £5.4bn, according the UK Contract Cleaning Market Development report from MBD. Demand for contract cleaning services is estimated to have increased by 17% between 2002-6, and the value of the market is expected to increase by 13% to 2011.

London 2012 landscaping day
Leading landscaping companies are invited to an industry day at Kew Gardens on 25th April where the ODA will set out landscaping opportunities available on the Olympic Park which will comprise 90 hectares of green space during the Games and 110 hectares afterwards.

FM of Hammersmith's Ark won by JV
Nelson Bakewell and The Asset Factor's JV has been appointed as integrated property and FM on The Ark, Hammersmith which is currently undergoing renovation. Commenting on the win, Oliver Jones said, "The JV will provide a service delivery platform to complement the quality of The Ark's image."

Hospital energy PFI for Dalkia
In a PFI energy management contract, Dalkia is to invest £2.9m to refurbish the existing boiler house at Kingston Hospital. Dalkia will design, build, finance, install, operate and maintain the new energy centre that includes the 1.4Mwe CHP and waste heat boiler, two other boilers, an absorption chiller, heat exhangers and high and low voltage switchboards.

Going carbon neutral
One of the UK's largest property developers, British Land plc, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2008/9. It reduced energy use by 4% across its portfolio and water by 16% with biggest savings from its London office portfolio and Meadowhall shopping centre where energy was reduced by 11%.

Defence estate report from NAO
The National Audit Office report, Managing the Defence Estate: Quality and Sustainability, recognises that the MoD has introduced positive changes to the management of its £18bn estate but has more to do to provide a sustainable estate of the right quality. The report tracks progress since 2005 including the delivery of estate services via Regional Prime Contracts which are improving the way the estate is maintained.

Smart to work from home
During Work Wise Week from May 16-22, Friday May 18th has been designated National Work from Home Day when employers and staff will be encouraged to work from home and experience the benefits. Work Wise UK has planned other events to show the benefits of smarter working on transport, the environment and family life.

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