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And the Mystery Prize Goes to...BIFM Set to Win Gaffe of the Year Award

30 October 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

The BIFM has been obliged to issue a correction to its list of 2013 Award winners from 14 October 2013 – and could face a double-whammy of embarrassment if fudging of the truth is confirmed. ThisWeekinFM understands that negotiations have been going on between the organisation that should have won the ‘FM Excellence in a Major Project’ category, the organisation that was awarded it in error and the BIFM who have been struggling to save face.

Statements that would have allowed the BIFM to graciously accept it had made an error now seem to have been abandoned in favour of some sleight of hand. The BIFM has correctly awarded the honour to VINCI Facilities (for its outstanding management of two new-build hospitals in Merseyside); whilst ’creating’ the ‘BIFM Board Social and Economic Impact Award’ for COMET Advisory in compensation for it having to hand back the Major Project award it received in error.

A search of the BIFM website for the BIFM Board Social and Economic Impact Award reveals no results, no entrants and no previous mention of such an Award. It would seem, at first sight, the category did not exist until tonight (29 October, Tuesday).

Calls to the BIFM over the past week to clarify the situation have gone unanswered.

An announcement on the Finalists of the BIFM Awards 2013, still appearing on the BIFM website, from 20 August is published below in full (the 4th category entry makes interesting reading):

The 2013 finalists have been confirmed as:

1. Excellence in Customer Service

Chiswick Park: Enjoy Work

Macro: Emirates Air Line

MITIE Shared Services Ltd: MITIE 24seven


2. Excellence in Product Development

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: ATOM Transport Management

Excel I.T. Limited: DeskQUERY


Nu-phalt Contracting Ltd: Thermal Recycling Pothole Repair System

Savortex Ltd: Smart Drying


3. Facilities Manager of the Year

David Scott: Sodexo

Deborah Rowland: Cabinet Office

Donna Brown: ISS UK Ltd

Hadleigh Standen: Pinnacle PSG Ltd

Niamh Lynch: Acuman Facilities Management


4. FM Excellence in a Major Project 

BAE Systems: The Bowland Centre

Carillion plc: Oxfordshire County Council - Strategic Partnership

COMET Advisory in collaboration with the Tri-Borough FM Project Team: Think Act Deliver

Macro: Emirates Air Line

VINCI Facilities: St Helens and Whiston Hospitals


5. FM Service Provider of the Year

GRITIT: Winter Risk Management

Palmaris Services: Databoost

Servest: Servest and Tesco: A Winning Combination

Ward Security Limited: Quality Without Compromise


6. Impact on Organisation and Workplace

Britvic: Breakspear Park

Cameron Black: ASOS

Google Ireland: Google EMEA HQ Dublin

Kimberly-Clark Professional: The Healthy Workplace Project

Lexmark UK and CBRE: Maidenhead HQ

Network Rail, supported by MITIE and Capita Symonds: The Quadrant, Milton Keynes


7. In-House Client Team of the Year

Edge Hill University

General Medical Council

Land Registry

NHS Property Services Ltd


8. Innovation in the Use of Technology

Corporate Interiors LLP: Corstore

iSite: Hub

Kajima Partnerships Ltd: Bookings Plus

Middlesex University: New Ways of Working


9. Learning and Career Development

Europa: Management Trainee Programme

Initial Facilities: Nurturing Talent - The Initial Way

ISS UK: Market Leading Approach

MITIE Client Services

Norland Managed Services: ILM Management Development Programme


10. Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Edinburgh Napier University: Environmental Management System

Google Ireland: Google Facilities Team, Dublin

International Monetary Fund: Socially, Environmentally and Economically Sustainable FM Practices

Peel Media Group and Cofely: MediaCityUK


11. Finalists in the new category for 2013, ‘Profound Impact on the Industry over the Last Five Years’, are:

Anne Lennox-Martin

Bill Heath: Mace Macro

e-permits: Banyard Solutions

Kajima Community


Two additional awards will be presented at the ceremony, ‘Judges Special Award’ and ‘Overall Industry Impact’.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 30 October 2013


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