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FM Report 196 - Thursday 10th May 2007

10 May 2007

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Market grows 5% in 2006
According the latest UK Facilities Management Market Development report, the FM market grew some 5% in 2006, and is set to grow by 16% in value by 2011 to £128bn (at 2006 prices). Over the same period the contracted out services sector will grow 19% to £77.6bn while the in-house services sector with also increase more modestly at 1-3% to £40.3bn in value by 2011.

HSE issues maintenance warning to Councils
Following the death of a 13-year old on a stairwell that was allowed to remain in an unsafe condition for six months, the HSE has warned Councils to ensure that they carry out prompt and effective repairs to the communal areas of their properties. LB Newham was fined £125,000 and costs of £6,000 after pleading guilty to failing to adequately maintain a Council-owned and maintained parade of shops and flats in London E12.

Still time to enter PFM Awards 2007
With entries closing on 31st May, there is still time to finalise your entries and send them in for judging. Now in their 14th year and FREE to enter, the PFM Awards are the most sought after accolade in the FM sector. There are 13 categories to enter covering partnerships in public and private sector service delivery for excellence, expertise and innovation demonstrated by teams and individuals. Full entry details are on PFM's website. Entries close 31st May.

Include soft services in PFI projects says BSA/KPMG survey
The 2007 BSA/KPMG survey of operational PFI projects published recently confirmed the value of including soft services within PFI projects. Commenting, BSA's Norman Rose said, "The Survey's findings demonstrate clearly that PFI is delivering good value for money to the tax payer and high quality of services to the end user."
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Mayor Ken wins gold award
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has been awarded the HVCA-Sponsored Gold Award for outstanding service to the construction industry and the built environment, commending his commitment to the environment and climate change issues, and to developing London as a world leader in sustainable urban planning, design and architecture.

BIFM updates its mission
At the BIFM Members Council meeting last month, members updated their mission statement to "influence the future direction of the Institute" and " to own and develop the mission of BIFM." At the same meeting Dave Wilson, chair of the International Special Interest Group, former EuroFM Board member, and currently Corporate Services Director for Mace Macro, was elected as Deputy Chair for a two-year term, taking over from Rob Greenfield. The BIFM has also announced that Michael Glass has resigned from the BIFM Board, the Members' Council and chair of the Midlands Region.

First batched PFI reaches financial close
The Arden Partnership, the 50:50 JV between Alfred McAlpine and Costain has reached financial close on the £30m Lincolnshire project, the first phase of the £76.5m Three Shires 'batched' mental health PFI - the first in the UK. Costain will design and build and Alfred McAlpine will provide FM services to the new community hospital in Spalding.

Retail cleaning contract to OCS Cleaning
The Mall, the community shopping centre brand with 23 malls across the UK, has awarded a £6m single national cleaning contract to OCS Cleaning. Called MallClean, the partnership between The Mall and OCS will oversee high quality cleaning and innovation including daytime cleaning and the introduction of efficient ways of working.

FM for Edinburgh schools PPP
MITIE is to provide a full range of FM services to The City of Edinburgh and Axiom Education (Edinburgh) Ltd in the £160m PPP to build six new secondary schools and two new primary schools in the city. This is the largest PFI service agreement signed by MITIE to date and will commence as the first school opens in August 2008 and run for 30 years.

Harrow housing maintenance prefers Kier
Kier Group has been named preferred bidder by Harrow Council to a £125m 5-year contract to repair and maintain 6,000 council homes, schools and other council buildings from July. The contract will save £1.5m.

Wembley Win for FSI
FSI (FM Solutions) have been appointed CAFM suppliers to the new Wembley Stadium. The win was announced at an on-site FSI focus session, jointly hosted with their “gold partners” Microsoft. In addition to the usual applications the FSI Concept system will be used with hand-held PDA’s for pre- event Health & Safety checks at the Wembley turnstiles.

With our sympathy
FM Report has heard that the fatal killings at NASA in Houston last month have touched the international FM community. Sadly, the husband of Linda Beverly, the Vice President of Administration at International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in Houston was shot and killed while at work in NASA by a gunman who then went on to kill himself. Linda is a familiar figure at international events held in the UK and continental Europe, and her loss has deeply shocked those who have grown to know her well. Our deepest sympathies go to her, her family and work colleagues at this time.

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