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Michael Graham of the Graham Group
29 June 2018

The slightly strange concept that is the British Institute of Facilities Management Ireland has opened its nominations for it Awards programme; BSRIA has undertaken a condition survey of M&E services at the Royal College of Music; the Graham Group has seen gold in its annual reports; and OCS has expanded its pre-existing £10m+ soft services contract with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.


Emerald Excellence - BIFM Ireland Awards

Irish facilities managers the suppliers who pay for them to attend will gather at a charity lunch on 16 November 2018 at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin.

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Ireland will this year present four awards which will showcase and recognise excellence in four categories: Newcomer of the Year, Team of the Year, Innovation in Products & Services and Impact on Customer Service.

Chair of BIFM Ireland, Pat Gaughan said: “The FM sector in Ireland is developing rapidly - the BIFM Ireland Awards will provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate excellence in the sector."

Entries are now open and will close on August 17.


Fanfare For Royal College Of Music Project

BSRIA has undertaken a condition survey of M&E services at the Royal College of Music (RCM) which highlighted the condition of the plant, life cycle in remaining years of use of the services, budget cost estimates for replacement plant and systems and a programme of recommended works for up to 25 years.

This will allow the RCM to plan, prioritise assets’ repair, replacement and maintenance work for the next quarter of a century.

The project included the evaluation of installed building services against published sources of life expectancy.

BSRIA engineers collected information from a variety of sources for a robust condition survey. The information collection process followed by the BSRIA engineers included:

  • Visual inspection of all building service assets to assess physical condition.

  • Specialist inspections – including lifts testing, thermal imaging and water sample testing.

  • Collection of information held in operation and maintenance records.

A total number of 118 major assets were inspected during the survey throughout the site by BSRIA engineers, including boilers, radiators, water pumps, chillers, air handling units, air conditioning units, water tanks, lightning protection system, fire alarm systems, intruder alarms, lighting, emergency lighting and lifts.

Peter Tse, Business Manager – Sustainable Construction Group, BSRIA, said: “BSRIA was able to evaluate the building services in this historic building to allow the RCM to make informed decisions. The condition survey also involved examination of any existing maintenance records together with regularly staged discussions with maintenance staff to provide greater insights to the history of plant, maintenance problems, plant breakdowns and repairs undertaken."

Jason Perry, Deputy Head of Estates, Royal College of Music, said: “It is very important for the Royal College of Music to be proactive on environmental issues and make sure we are doing all we can to reduce our energy usage. The BSRIA survey will assist us in ensuring that we prioritise this and replace equipment that is negatively affecting our environmental impact. The findings will play an integral part in our long term maintenance strategy, helping us to shape the RCM’s goals and needs.”


Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Deal

OCS has expanded its pre-existing £10m+ soft services contract with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) through the Trust’s wholly owned subsidiary company Quality Trusted Solutions (QTS).

OCS has been working with CNWL for 12 years and the extended contract - which commenced on 14th May 2018 - will bring a further 13 of the Trust’s sites in Milton Keynes within OCS’s remit to provide cleaning and waste services, adding to the 82 sites OCS already provides the full range of soft services.

Derrick Andrews, operations director for OCS Healthcare & Education, commented: “OCS has established a working partnership with CNWL over the past 12 years and more recently with QTS. We will continue to collaborate with QTS and CNWL in finding ways that our best practice and their clinical knowledge can lead to an exemplary level of service for patients.”

Formed in 2002, CNLW is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK. It employs roughly 7,000 staff and provides more than 300 different health services across 150 sites. The Trust assists people with a variety of needs at various stages of life – from mental and physical health, to addiction treatment and learning disability services. The majority of services are conducted in a community setting, treating people in their homes or via small local clinics.

Quality Trusted Solutions (QTS) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of CNWL which was launched in April 2018. As part of its remit QTS manages FM services on behalf of CNWL.


Golden Graham - Order Book Grows


The Graham Group, a construction, facilities management and project investment businesses, has posted its 2017-18 financial results reporting strong growth and a record order book.

The Group’s revenues have increased 36% to £767.6 million in the financial year ending 31 March 2018 with growth across all divisions, up from £565 million the previous year.

Profit before taxation stands at £13.1 million down from £16 million in the previous year but sits at a level that the Board is happy with following a year of extraordinary investment in the business and issues in the wider industry.

Cash at bank and in hand has increased to £70.1 million, up from £66.6 million last year.

Michael Graham, Executive Chairman, said: “Each of our divisions has a record order book and a pipeline of opportunity that is strong in both volume and quality. Cash at bank and in hand has passed the £70 million mark with good operating cash flows which means that, among other things, we can ensure prompt supplier payment that will stand us in good stead for more sustainable growth.

“Margins have unquestionably been hit by some supply chain failures and knock on effects of a major contractor (guess who) collapse but we have ensured that every division has remained in profit and are happy with the end of year outcome given the challenging circumstances."

Picture: Michael Graham.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 29 June 2018


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