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18th August 2017

What a week that was...

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Pleased to report ThisWeekinFM and the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) have signed a Media Partner agreement which will see the organisation providing us with interesting content on water, wellbeing and the workplace. The BWCA is the leading Association representing those who supply and distribute water coolers and related products and services. They set standards of hygiene and safety for their Members through mandatory audits. You can find out more about BWCA and what they do here: http://bwca.org.uk

 

ISS on Wednesday said it will continue to supply integrated facility services to 1,600 Barclays PLC sites spread over 35 countries until 2022, after the pair agreed to a five-year extension. 

ISS said the extension follows on from the heads of terms being signed earlier this month. ISS was founded back in 1901 in Copenhagen and now has around 491,000 employees with annual revenue equal to around £9.67 billion. 

ISS originally began working with Barclays and maintaining its facilities - which can include services such as cleaning, support services, property services, catering and security - in 2012 in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and in the Asia Pacific. 

No financial details of the contract extension were disclosed.

 

ThisWeekinFM sponsor ABM UK announced several key contract wins collectively totaling more than £75 million, of annualized revenue signifying the Company’s growing business in the United Kingdom.

ABM UK was recently awarded a five-year contract for facilities services by Transport for London (TfL), the government organization responsible for London’s transport system.  The agreement includes the cleaning of Tube stations, trains, bus depots, head office buildings and the London Transport Museum. 

ABM’s contract with TfL is one of six facilities management deals that have been consolidated from 50 as part of TfL’s work to deliver the Mayor of London’s plans to improve public transport while reducing day-to-day operating costs and delivering the best possible value.  This contract also includes a commitment to employ approximately 3,000 people.

The TfL contract follows recent contract wins with Thomas More Square, the Belfry Shopping Centre and Wagamama restaurants, which further establishes ABM’s presence throughout London. 

Beyond its work in greater London, ABM UK was also awarded a three-year contract to provide a range of facilities management services to the retail center, The Centre, Livingston in Scotland.  The contract, which is managed by the global real estate services provider, Savills, includes cleaning, security, customer service, and facilities management. 

 

Ipswich-based Vertas Group, a £44m turnover firm which employs around 2,300 staff across 400 sites in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, has bought Colchester-based Oakpark Security Systems Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

The move will expand and strengthen its current security service offering, as Oakpark, a £3.6m turnover business, operates more than 500 contracts across East of England and specialises in a range of security-related services. Among its specialisms are mobile patrol, CCTV monitoring, keyholding, locking, unlocking and response, and resilience consultancy.

Vertas describes Oakpark as having “an excellent track record in managing a range of security contracts bespoke to the client”. It has also recently started operating a cleaning division which will help strengthen the Vertas’ current cleaning service offer in the area.

There will be no job losses with all 130 Oakpark staff transferring to Vertas.

 

City FM has promoted Campbell Murdoch to chief operating officer.

Murdoch, who joined the Glasgow-based group in 2016, is reported to have played “an instrumental role in developing a pipeline and growth strategy” while serving as managing director of the division.

He joined City in 2016 from EIC Ltd where he was sales and marketing director having previously held facilities management roles with Cofely GDF-SUEZ.

 

David Brown has been appointed to lead the development of sustainability and energy agenda for ISS UK and Ireland.

David has experience in the provision of complex and innovative energy management including smart buildings, low carbon and clean technology, energy reduction measures and energy procurement.

Working within the UK Technical Excellence Team and the ISS global energy community, David will be responsible for the delivery of EcoCentre – ISS’ specialist energy and sustainability product to the UK and Ireland.

 

BSRIA announced its Chief Executive, Julia Evans, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Corporation of Leeds College Building.

Leeds College of Building in Leeds, West Yorkshire, is the only further and higher education college in the UK which specialises in the construction and built environment industry. It was established in 1960 and currently has about 6,500 students, 15 per cent of whom are full time. The whole college has Centre of Vocational Excellence status and has built up an “enviable reputation” both regionally and nationally for its high quality of teaching, learning and assessment, together with the excellent support in serving the construction industry.

The college delivers a comprehensive range of courses including apprenticeships, further and higher education and business training.

 

Catch 22 has strengthened its Technical Recruitment capabilities with the arrival of Paul McQuade as Divisional Manager, based in the Leeds office. Paul has had 15 years experience of recruiting for Construction, Engineering and FM professionals. His background includes nine years developing and running an international Oil, Gas and Engineering consultancy with offices in the UK, South Africa, Libya and Malaysia. His last three years were spent in London, developing an engineering division for a technical recruiter.

Supported by a dedicated team of researchers and administrators, Paul will also oversee the recruitment of Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality management professionals.

 

BSRIA announced that Jane Vass OBE, Director of Policy & Research, Age UK and Alan R Kell OBE, Managing Director – Intelligent & Green Systems Ltd – have been added to the speaker line-up at its flagship event – the annual Briefing and lunch. 

Other speakers include: Kath Fontana, Managing Director – ISS Technical Services, Chris Twinn, Principal, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation and Tassos Kougionis, Principal Consultant – Residential at BSRIA’s Sustainable Construction Group. The Chair is Ant Wilson MBE, Director – Sustainability & Advanced Design – Building Engineering at AECOM.

The event will look at the issue of ‘Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings’ and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 17th November 2017. The main sponsor is Trend. Read more here.

 

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11th August 2017

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The UK Financial Reporting Council on Monday said it has opened an investigation into the audit of Mitie's financial statements.

The investigation will look at whether there have been any breaches of relevant requirements in relation to the statutory audits of Mitie's consolidated financial statements for its financial years ended March 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016.

 

Seen on Twitter.. With IoT and other intelligent tech, see how ISS are creating the workplace of the future here

 

Shares in G4S sank to a three-month low on Wednesday morning despite indications that the company’s plan to revitalise the business is beginning to bear fruit.The share price was down as much as 6.65pc during the morning, to 308.6p, its lowest price since the beginning of May. Read more here.

 

Underlying profits have fallen despite an increase in turnover at Norse Group, a Norwich-headquartered company which consists of businesses operating in the facilities management, property and care services sectors employing almost 10,000 people. Read more here.

 

Did you catch this interview with David Smith, chief executive, Bellrock in The Telegraph? Read more here.

 

Global procurement intelligence advisory firm, SpendEdge, has announced the release of their Global Facilities Management Services Procurement Market Intelligence Report.' The insights and data in this report provide a strategic analysis of the supply markets, factors influencing purchasing decisions, procurement best practices, pricing models, supplier landscape, and an analysis of the supplier capability matrix for the facilities management industry. This report breaks down the data and analysis behind the procurement of facilities management services and acts as an all-inclusive guide for making smart purchasing decisions.

 

Where’s the most expensive place to set up an office?: A new report reveals the costliest locations around the world. Read more here.

 

Simon Wright has been named as Incentive FM's new Operations Manager at Bluewater, Europe's leading retail and leisure destination in the UK...OCS Group has appointed Jeremy Dicks as Director of Operations for the NEC Group contract...Fiona Bowman MBA CBIFM FCM is now Interim Head of Facilities at Safer Places...Jason Marcham is now Business Development Manager at Churchill Contract Services...Grant Charman is now Head of Estates at United Learning.

 

BSRIA announced that Jane Vass OBE, Director of Policy & Research, Age UK and Alan R Kell OBE, Managing Director – Intelligent & Green Systems Ltd – have been added to the speaker line-up at its flagship event – the annual Briefing and lunch. 

Other speakers include: Kath Fontana, Managing Director – ISS Technical Services, Chris Twinn, Principal, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation and Tassos Kougionis, Principal Consultant – Residential at BSRIA’s Sustainable Construction Group. The Chair is Ant Wilson MBE, Director – Sustainability & Advanced Design – Building Engineering at AECOM.

The event will look at the issue of ‘Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings’ and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 17th November 2017. The main sponsor is Trend. Read more here.

 

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4th August 2017

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South African conglomerate Bidvest acquired 100% of Noonan, an integrated facilities management services and solutions company, from Alchemy Partners, as well as Noonan’s current management team, pending Reserve bank approval.

Noonan is based in the Republic of Ireland and also operates in the United Kingdom, from where 40% of its revenue is derived. It has an established and clear leadership position with a 40-year track-record, specifically in the Republic of Ireland, of delivering high-quality integrated management services, which now range from cleaning and security to building services and facilities management.

 

Landsec has exchanged contracts to sell its 50% stake in 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M to LKK Health Products Group Limited (“LKKHPG”) for a headline price of £641.3 million. LKKHPG will also acquire Canary Wharf Group’s 50% stake in the building, bringing the total headline price to £1,282.5 million, reflecting a net initial yield to the purchaser of 3.4%. Completion is expected to take place at the end of August and is unconditional.

20 Fenchurch Street was developed by a joint venture between Landsec and Canary Wharf Group in 2010, completed in 2014 and comprises 671,000 sq ft of office space on 34 floors in the City of London’s insurance district.  Its innovative and efficient design makes it an attractive location for insurance companies and brokers alike, and it was fully let just a few months after completion to customers including Markel, RSA and Liberty Mutual. It’s also home to 17,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor and within the three-storey Sky Garden, which has spectacular views across London. 

 

We hear the head of security at Sodexo has become the first female chair of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) in its 59-year history. Jane Farrell was unanimously elected chair at a meeting of the IPSA International Council in London on Friday (27 July). Jane has been deputy chair since 2014.

Jane has also been appointed Sodexo head of security, promoted from her previous role of FM development manager.

As head of security, Jane is responsible for Sodexo’s £45m of security business in the UK & Ireland. This is made up of 2,000 security personnel across 280 client sites in the UK & Ireland, and Sodexo’s central security control room in Salford.

 

Landsec and Deutsche Bank have exchanged a pre-let agreement for the bank’s new London headquarters at 21 Moorfields, EC2 on a 25 year lease.  The agreement is conditional on planning permission.

Landsec has worked closely with Deutsche Bank on the design of a 564,000 sq ft building. The bank will retain flexibility over the amount of space it will occupy in the new building and has committed to take a minimum of 469,000 sq ft under the deal. 

21 Moorfields is situated directly above Moorgate underground station and the western entrance to the Liverpool Street Crossrail station. 

The building will provide Deutsche Bank with floors offering up to 50,000 sq ft of workspace supported by a highly resilient and flexible services infrastructure.

The agreement builds on Landsec’s existing partnership with Deutsche Bank, including the relocation of the bank’s Asset Management and Wealth Management divisions to The Zig Zag Building in London SW1. 

Landsec acquired a long leasehold interest in the 21 Moorfields site in 2012 and obtained planning permission for two buildings totalling 522,000 sq ft on the site in 2016. It will submit a planning application for the revised scheme later this year, and is targeting practical completion in November 2021.

 

Ken Shuttleworth has taken over the Presidency of the British Council for Offices from Cushman & Wakefield’s John Forrester with a call for the industry to look at London with fresh eyes and refocus on new challenges and opportunities to ensure London truly remains a world class city. 

Ken’s appointment to BCO President sees Katrina Kostic Samen, KKS Strategy LLP, become BCO Senior Vice President. Paul Patenall, U+I Group Plc, becomes Junior Vice President.

 

Commissioned by the BCO Occupier Group and sponsored by British Land, Broadgate Estates, CBRE and Legal & General, the Office Service Standards and Customer Experience Report aims to provide a best practice guide to services and management standards in multi-occupied office buildings. It will also provide a Building Performance Scorecard which will measure how well an office building is performing, viewed from the perspective of the owner, property manager and occupier. It will provide an objective and quantifiable measure that will enable benchmarking and comparison of performance.

The study will be launched at a breakfast seminar on 17 October at UBS, 5 Broadgate, London, EC2. Booking and further event information will be on the BCO website soon. View all publications on the BCO website here.

 

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Dennis Markey has joined Public sector property consultancy Gen². Dennis arrives from leading NHS Property Services where he consolidated facilities management for the Department of Health estate, one of the largest property portfolios in Europe.

 

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