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FM Report 188 - Thursday 11th January 2007

11 January 2007

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Smoke-free regulations published for 1 July ban
The Department of Health has published regulations that give detail to the smoking ban in public places that comes into effect from 6am Sunday 1 July. The Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations and the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations are currently before Parliament and the EU respectively but they will not be changed further and should be considered as final. Further regulations on exemptions, vehicles and penalties are due this month.

New grants for renewables
Applications are now open for grants for phase 2 of the DTI's Low Carbon Building Programme for the installation of microgeneration technologies in public sector buildings. Some £50m of grants will be dispensed over the next 2-3 years for solar PV, solar thermal hot water, wind turbines, ground source heat pumps, automated wood pellet stoves and wood fuelled boilers.

Security threat level change by email
Anyone can now register with MI5 to be alerted to changes to the national Security Threat Level, and updates and security information published on the Security Service website. The current level is SEVERE and is unchanged since 14 August 2006.

EU call for 20% carbon cuts by 2020
The European Commission's this week called for member states to adopt a unilateral commitment to reduce EU greenhouse emissions by at least 20% by 2020 (from 1990 levels). This is to be achieved by adopting a true internal energy market, accelerating the shift to low-carbon energy and energy efficiency. Additionally it calls for 20% of all EU energy to come come from renewable power by 2020 and 10% of vehicle fuel from biofuels. British Ministers welcomed the proposals

BIFM energy paper
The BIFM has called for greater involvement of FMs in building projects to ensure energy efficient design takes into account the whole life cycle of the building and how it will be used. In its Energy Position Paper' published this week, it sets out how FMs can help to deliver targets on energy efficiency and reductions in carbon emissions.

'Smart Thinking' at Workplace Management
A new MD and a new 'smart thinking' approach launched the New Year at Workplace Management. Kevin Elliott has replaced Hamilton Comely as MD and a new approach to bidding for large contracts comes into effect. Called Fusion, Workplace Management and its Fusion partners Rentokil Initial (cleaning), Cofathec and Dalkia (M&E), Group 4 (manned security), AFC (electronic security), Autograph (catering), Asset Factor (integrated property management) and its sister division, Workplace Engineering, aims to target large FM contracts in the government, retail and corporate sectors.

London tops world's most expensive office location
For the 7th year in succession, London's West End topped the DTZ Annual Global Office Occupancy Costs Survey 2007, and London City came fourth in the list of 46 countries and 131 business districts.

Top ranking for Covion
In the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 of Britain's private companies with fastest growing sales published in December, Covion was listed for a second successive year (46th) and in the Thames Valley Fast Track of the top 45 companies in the region, it was 5th and the only FM company in the listing.

LST buys into 'Secondary Market'
Land Securities Trillium has acquired Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund, a specialist PPP business and leading player with 79 PPP projects - some 30% of the market. This £527m acquisition, together with LST's existing projects, brings their interest in the PPP sector to some 100 projects.

EMCOR extends FM role at AWE
Following a performance review, EMCOR's FM contract at AWE which it won in 2003, has been extended for up to 5 years and will cover most non-critical assets across the 1,000 acre Aldermaston and Burghfield sites of 1,600 buildings housing 3,500 employees.

Amec to sell built environment businesses
AMEC has announced that it will focus on high-end engineering and consultancy services in selected energy and industrial markets, where it has a good track record in an effort to turnaround the company's fortunes. Building and civil engineering, building and facilities services, property developments and PPP will all be sold "as soon as possible" while its oil, gas, mining, nuclear, industrial, wind energy and environmental activities will be retained.

Low energy fleet for mobile engineers
Integral has invested in 300 low-energy vans for its mobile engineers operating in the West of England. The Vauxhall Astras are part of a £4m investment which will be rolled out to the rest of the 1,000 mobile maintenance fleet. Integral has also recently launched a new fire division, opened its 15th regional office (Winchester) and been reappointment by The National Archives in Kew to deliver M&E and other FM services

MITIE wins more contracts in FM and aviation security
MITIE is to deliver managing agent services to Cable and Wireless at 30 sites across the UK and MITIE Aviation Security is to provide aircraft guarding and searching at Heathrow's Terminal 4 for TAM Airlines for its new service to Rio de Janeiro.

DWP switches from Royal Mail
The £12m post contract for the Department of Work and Pensions is to be awarded to Business Post Group's UK Mail following a year long trial, the Financial Times reported this week. It reports that the deal will cut £5 from DWP's postal bill.

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