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13th October 2017

What a week that was...

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Monday saw Grapevine attend the BIFM Awards 2017 at the Grosvenor Hotel. Supported by headline sponsor Carillion, accolades were awarded in 12 categories across the themes of People, Innovation and Impact. See all the winners here.

 

Whilst on the topic of awards, Camfil came in first out of over 400 preferred suppliers and were the worthy winner of the Supplier of the Year - Hard Services Award at the recent CBRE supplier Day.

 

French energy infrastructure and automation company Vinci Energies’ apparently insatiable appetite for takeovers remains undiminished as it strives for leadership of the highly fragmented outsourcing industry. Read more here.

 

Spending at four big institutions pushed UK universities’ overall estates expenditure past £3 billion for the first time, according to a report on the state of higher education estate management.

The report, from the Association of University Directors of Estates, said that the overall rise in spending in 2015-16 – up from about £2.5 billion the previous year – was down to four institutions spending £100 million each. These were Imperial College London, University College London and the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.

Read more here.

 

John Sisk has beaten Skanska to the preferred bidder deal for a £200m new clinical building for Great Ormond Street Hospital in central London.

The 240,000 sq ft project will replace outdated facilities with a high quality environment consistent with the hospital’s world-class paediatric care and research activities.

Sisk and architect BDP was up against Skanska, which teamed up with Heatherwick Studio and HOK, for the prestigious project making up phase four of the children’s hospital redevelopment plan.

Carillion had also been shortlisted with Eric Parry Architects acting as design architect but had fallen out of the running.

Skanska looked an early favourite for the job having secured previous phases at the children’s hospital including stepping in to build a rear diseases research centre after Bouygues failed to negotiate a final price in the two-stage bid process.

The Trust is now entering into an early design agreement with John Sisk & Son so that design development work can continue and the scheme can be brought forward for planning permission.

The project includes 100 beds, outpatient rooms, radiology suites, a new school,  activity centre, office space and a roof garden.

As well as providing much-needed additional clinical space and improving campus circulation, construction of the new building is being seen as a great opportunity to present a less institutional facade to visitors.

Sweett Group, in conjunction with a small group of consultants, is acting as cost consultant advising GOSH on phase 4.

 

Compass Group UK & Ireland’s integrated facilities management business, 14forty, has secured a new contract with professional services company Capita.

Over the seven year contract, 14forty will deliver a range of soft FM services including catering, cleaning, security and reception and will see a team of 1000 colleagues working across 230 locations throughout the UK.

According to a statement on Compass's website, 14forty will work in partnership with Capita to further optimise and redefine the offer through combining a mixture of industry leading catering expertise, technological security enhancements and improved cleaning methodology to drive considerable contract savings, as well as ensuring a great service is continuously delivered.

 

We hear Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), the UK’s largest window, gutter and high level cleaning business is on the acquisition trail.  The first significant purchase is a Midlands based window cleaning business, Reflekt Cleaning Company Ltd.

Founded in 2005 Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth.  Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil,

June Reynolds, NWC’s Group Operations Director is overseeing the merger. NWC’s Kevin Dooley supported by former owner Helen Davies, will manage the Reflekt business.

In addition to offering a full range of window cleaning services, Reflekt provides high level cleaning and dusting, duct cleaning, canopy and roof cleans; cladding, fascia and gutter cleans in all workplaces including commercial buildings, colleges and factories.

The acquisition has been supported by further funding from equity investor BGF, which has supported the business since July 2014. The latest funding round brings the total BGF investment in NWC to £4.5m.

 

With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, urbanization has become the norm. By 2030, that figure is expected to rise to 60 percent and, with greater urbanization, we are seeing a transformation in how humans work, live, learn and play. How will cities, and the urban real estate landscape, adapt to this revolution? Read more here.

 

Farnborough International has announced the appointment of Neil Theuma as its new Operations Director where he will oversee a team of 12 including facilities management, health and safety, venue and event operations teams.

Already in the role and reporting into Farnborough International’s Interim Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Meredith, Neil Theuma has joined from the RFU (Rugby Football Union) where he was Head of Venue and Facilities for nine years. Prior to that, he worked for BAA in facilities management at Heathrow Airport joining there from the Royal Navy where he trained as a Naval Engineer.

He joins at an exciting time in Farnborough International ’s long history as the business transitions into one of the leading event destinations in the South East with the launch of its new exhibition and conference facility. Comprising 20,000sqm of event space, the new structure will be flexible enough to cater for almost any kind of exhibition, conference, meeting, dinner or launch event thanks to 12,500sqm of exhibition space, conference capacity for up to 2,500 and nine function rooms for up to 900 delegates.

 

The next Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club, organised by the ThisWeekinFM team, is on 26th October and is exclusively for Facilities, Workplace & related professionals drawn from a broad cross section of organisations and disciplines. Join us for a casual and informal evening, aimed at providing a comfortable environment for business people in our industry (or associated with it) to connect, discuss current topics, share ideas and build mutually beneficial commercial relationships. Tickets can only be purchased through an invitation - read more here.

A big thanks must go to our Sponsors Georgia- PacificGlennister Associates, The FM Network, uComplyas well as Saturn LED(Only one sponsor slot remaining).

If your business markets to the Facilities & Workplace sectors then sponsoring Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club is an excellent opportunity to put your brand infront of a quality audience. Guarantee your participation in 2018's events, and benefit from significant earlybird discounts, get in touch. To find out more, please contaclaurence@twinfm.com

 

Details of events including conferences, exhibitions, etc can be found under the Events section on the website hereIf you would like your event listed please email details to dave@twinfm.com.

 

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6th October 2017

 

What a week that was...

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Did I read that sign right? On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door - the bell doesn't work).

 

CBRE in association with this website hosted the first in a series of Breakfast Briefings last Thursday in the CBRE Paternoster Square office  focusing on Counter-terrorism for Facilities Management.

Allan Burnett QPM BSc (Hons) FSyI, SecuriGroup Operations Director, presented to more than 80 Facilities Management professionals on the topic of 'Terrorism In FM'. He was also joined by Chris Phillips GCGI FSyI, formerly of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

For anyone managing or directly involved in the management of properties or facilities, the inaugural CBRE Breakfast Briefing detailed the value and need for counter-terrorism practices and measures.

During this time of heightened security, awareness of these measures is increasingly important.

 

WOW! Royal London Asset Management announced the largest ever launch of a UK property fund, worth over £2.7 billon. The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund (RLUKREF) invests in UK commercial property across all major sectors (industrials, offices, retail warehouses, shopping centres) and regions and is designed to provide domestic and foreign institutional investors exposure to the UK commercial real estate market. 

Fully seeded by Royal London, the fund invests in prime UK properties, over two thirds being in London in locations including New Bond Street, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and St Paul’s. The immediate access to returns from a property portfolio of this quality, diversification and scale is a unique offering and something that investors would otherwise find difficult to access through one single fund. 

The fund is suited to clients with a long term investment horizon, so that a pipeline of property development projects can be carried forward and clients can reap the long term benefits. The required initial investment is £50 million. 

 

As part of its medium term workplace strategy, and reinforcing its commitment to doing business in London, JLL is planning to consolidate its commercial offices in the West End, City and Canary Wharf in to one location. The firm has launched a property search in the capital of up to 180,000 sq ft to create a new London hub for its 2,000 staff. The relocation is expected to complete by 2022.

 

We hear Assurity Consulting has became the first organisation in the UK to uniquely combine accreditations to Primary Authority Assured Advice and International Standard ISO/IEC 17020:2012 (against Water quality. Risk assessments for Legionella control) and for their Legionella risk assessments.

Specifically the Assured Advice relates to “the competence and ability of Assurity Consulting to undertake suitable and sufficient Legionella risk assessments in accordance with the relevant legal requirements” and is offered in a co-ordinated partnership with the City of London Corporation (CoLC). 

 

Interesting move for MRI Software who today announced the acquisition of Qube Global Software, the UK-based supplier of property and facilities management software. Qube both extends MRI's global reach and brings further expertise and scale for continued innovation in property technology. Following MRI's acquisitions of Qube and Real Asset Management, which was announced last month, the combined company now serves 5,500 clients with a global team of more than 1,000 employees. MRI's 350 employees in the UK make it one of the largest property tech providers in the country, and in Europe as a whole. 

Qube's property and financial management capabilities, as well as facilities management, integrated workplace management systems (IWMS), and space management solutions, complement MRI's existing offerings and provide greater choice and flexibility for the combined company's worldwide client base. Qube's property management offerings serve both the commercial and residential real estate sectors, including lettings, which is experiencing increased demand in the UK. 

According to the company the acquisition also provides Qube clients access to MRI's world-class financials and investment suite, including solutions for asset management, scenario modelling, and investor relations.

 

The second quarter of 2017 saw further uplift in Regent Samsic's market share with key contract gains including fashion icon Ralph Lauren. 

Apparel and home interiors brand Ralph Lauren appointed the Coventry-based service support provider to clean the UK retail outlets as part of a global contract won by French parent Groupe Samsic. The £750,000 contract takes in 16 stores and four offices in the UK and a further two stores in Ireland.

It's the second major high street fashion win this year for Regent Samsic which in the spring won the contract to provide horizontal and vertical cleaning to Hugo Boss's 40 retail sites across the UK.

In London, Regent Samsic premium provider JPC Cleaning has been awarded the contract to provide cleaning services to the city's prestigious Broadgate Campus.The 30-acre mixed-use campus in the City of London is jointly owned by British Land and GIC and is JPC client Broadgate Estate's biggest contract. The announcement follows JPC's being re-awarded the cleaning contract for Broadgate Estates' Paternoster Square site at St Pauls.

Regent Samsic London is the newly incumbent cleaning and security services provider to provide cleaning and security services to the capital's School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with a contract valued at almost £1m. Premises include the School's principal site in Keppel Street in Bloomsbury, London and its faculty in Tavistock Place.

In Leeds, Regent Samsic's northern operations have won prestigious leisure cleaning accounts with Leeds University's Edge Fitness centre and new £5m Brownlee Centre and cycle track.

 

CBRE advised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) on exchanging contracts to secure its new headquarters, located at 10-18 Union Street, London, SE1.

The 55,924 sq ft building, which is being purchased from PwC will eventually house its 180 staff who will move from its existing Regent’s Park premises, 27 Sussex Place in late 2019.

RCOG is an international community of 16,000 obstetricians and gynaecologists in over 100 countries dedicated to improving women’s health.

 

Construction group Graham in Hillsborough has achieved its highest-ever ranking to date in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250, rising has risen 10 places to 16th after posting another strong set of year end results.

Regarded as one of Britain and Ireland's leading construction, asset management and project investment businesses, it posted a turnover of £565 million for 2016-17, and has been short-listed this year for major industry awards by Building, Construction News, Construction Enquirer and Retail Week, as well as by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Building Controls Industry Association and Institution of Civil Engineers. Read more here.

 

Macro celebrated 15 years of growth and success in September. The international facilities management company was founded in 2002, as part of the consultancy and construction group, Mace.

In the last decade and a half, Macro has grown from nothing to a facilities management practice with a global blue-chip client list and an enviable reputation. In 2017/18 the company is on track to turn over £130m in annual revenue across 40 countries, it’s most successful year to date.

Macro was founded to be a modern-thinking company with a flexible approach, creating tailored solutions for international clients. It now serves clients out of five global hubs, and in the last twelve months has started delivering operations in six new counties, including Pakistan and Chile.

Key to Macro’s growth has been its commitment to building long-term relationships with global clients who share the same progressive ethos. Notable clients include Invesco – with whom Macro has worked for the entirety of its 15-year history – and Standard Charter Bank, whose global presence has recently driven Macro in to a number of new territories.

 

September was another busy month at Maxwell Stephens, with many new and existing clients looking to fill a range of executive Facilities Management positions across the country. You can view current vacancies here

September also saw the launch of Maxwell Stephens 2017 Facilities Management Salary Survey which provides an in-depth insight into the current UK FM market, pay conditions, training, qualifications and general financial well-being. You still have chance to part in the survey and receive a free copy of the results here.

 
Mona Kalsi is now Head of Facilities - Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust...Amanda Nuttall is now Regional Facilities Manager at CBRE...Rachel Crow is now Regional Facilities Manager at FIFM...David Marshall is now Regional Property Manager North for BUPA...Paul Humble is now Strategic Sourcing Manager at Mitie.

 

The next Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club, organised by the ThisWeekinFM team, is on 26th October and is exclusively for Facilities, Workplace & related professionals drawn from a broad cross section of organisations and disciplines. Join us for a casual and informal evening, aimed at providing a comfortable environment for business people in our industry (or associated with it) to connect, discuss current topics, share ideas and build mutually beneficial commercial relationships. Tickets can only be purchased through an invitation - read more here.

A big thanks must go to our Sponsors Georgia- PacificGlennister Associates, The FM Network, uComplyas well as Saturn LED. (Only one sponsor slot remaining).

If your business markets to the Facilities & Workplace sectors then sponsoring Facilities & Workplace London Networking Club is an excellent opportunity to put your brand infront of a quality audience. Guarantee your participation in 2018's events, and benefit from significant earlybird discounts, get in touch. To find out more, please contaclaurence@twinfm.com

 

Details of events including conferences, exhibitions, etc can be found under the Events section on the website hereIf you would like your event listed please email details to dave@twinfm.com.

 

Check out all the latest videos here.

 

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