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Saturday, 20 July

An Historic Week - FM Shines At August Start

Royal Museums Greenwich

Sharmin Akter of Total Solutions Group has won at the English Asian Business Awards; BIFM South has focused on fire safety; Diamond FM has focused on fire safety; Engie has hit the CCS FM framework; Sodexo has focused on Digital FM; ISS Hygiène et Prévention in France  could go to Ortec; and OCS has parked-up at York Hospital; and CBRE has won an agreement with Greenwich Museum...historic!

English Asian Business Awards Winner

Sharmin Akter, MD of Total Solutions Group (one of ThisWeekinFM's ever expanding network of sponsors), has won the Young Entrepreneur category at the English Asian Business Awards 2018.

The award recognises Akter’s achievements in growing Total Solutions Group into a multi-million pound business, from its set up in 2014.

The award was presented at a ceremony at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel on 30th July.

 Akter said: “This award is testament to the hard work and customer focus of the whole Total Solutions Group team. Our specialist facilities services offer has filled a gap in the market and we are now providing multiple services to many of our customers.”


Royal Musuems Greenwich - Historic Partnership

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) has awarded CBRE a three-year contract to provide mechanical and electrical services across its attractions and properties including the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, the Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum which form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Maritime Greenwich.

The contract also includes archive and storage facilities at Kidbrooke, Feathers Place and the Brass Foundry at Woolwich.

The contract will see CBRE supporting RMG as they come to the end of their New Galleries Project, a £12.6 million redevelopment of the National Maritime Museum which will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s epic Endeavour voyage. This transformative opening of four new permanent galleries and major improvement works will see the Museum’s permanent gallery space increase by 40 per cent.

 Paul Matthews, Heritage and Galleries Business Unit Director, CBRE said: “We are excited to start our partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich and look forward to working in collaboration with their team to protect their collections and buildings, whilst delivering a positive and memorable welcome for all visitors”.


ENGIE Listed In CCS FM Marketplace Framework

ENGIE has been awarded a total of three places in the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) new Facilities Management Marketplace framework.

The CCS operates as a trading fund, enabling public sector organisations to achieve value by buying as a single customer from listed companies. The new Facilities Management Marketplace framework (designated RM3830) is a list of FM providers that have been vetted and approved by the CCS. A key element in the appraisal process is the ability to demonstrate social value alongside service delivery.

The RM3830 framework awards places across three value-banded lots. ENGIE has been listed in bands up to £7m, £7m-£50m and £50m+.


BIFM South Fire - Saving Lives

BIFM South Region's July event was hosted at the South Downs Parks Authorities Head Office in Midhurst.

With recent high-profile fires, the issues of fire detection and fire suppression have never been more prominent in people’s minds. The need for compliant systems to effectively detect fires and suppression systems to control or extinguish them to protect people and property is of paramount importance.

Lee Thompson, Senseco Systems, gave an illustrated presentation in two parts and looked at water mist systems as an alternative to sprinkler systems, giving the pros and cons of each. He focused on the updated fire detection and alarm standards BS5839-1:2017 and gave an overview of the changes to the standard and what to be aware of.

His talk covered the different types of detectors and where they were to be used and importantly the maintenance requirements especially regarding dual purpose detectors. He stressed the importance of maintenance and ensuring that when a building changes its use that detection and suppression systems are made fit for purpose. The design codes specify coverage of escape routes and risk and these can easily change when a building is updated or modified.

After the presentation, Kate Miles, Facilities and Property Manager at the Parks Authority did a tour of the Grade 2 listed building that had been recently refurbished and explained the history of the building which had previously been a school.

Diamond Facilities Support Launches In-Demand Fire And Security Maintenance Firm

Diamond Facilities Support is accelerating its expansion by launching a specialist fire and security maintenance firm to meet growing demand.

Sanctuary Fire & Security will provide compliance, remedial works and maintenance to fire safety and security systems, in addition to a 24/7 reactive service.

It’s the third business this year to be launched by Diamond Facilities Support, which currently turns over £9.5 million a year.

This is part of the firm’s strategy of service provision via direct labour, with 90 per cent of jobs carried out in-house.

Adam Atkins, joint MD at Diamond Facilities Support, said: “Fire and security maintenance services are in massive demand for understandable reasons and organisations have had to sharpen their focus on compliance around fire safety. The number of enquiries we are now taking relating to fire safety and security has grown up to three-fold over the past year."


ISS Enters Exclusive Discussions With Ortec Group With A View To Divest ISS Hygiène Et Prévention In France 

ISS has agreed to enter into exclusive discussions with Ortec Group with a view to divest ISS Hygiène et Prévention, a provider of B2B hygiene and prevention services to the French market.

The proposed divestment is in line with ISS’s strategy of focusing on on-site, core activities supporting the development of the Integrated Facility Services and key account customers – as well as with its ongoing business development in the French market.

With the acquisition, Ortec Group will reach a proforma turnover of more than EUR 1.2 billion, with more than 13.300 employees spread over 220 sites in France and abroad. This new acquisition proves the strong growth dynamics of the Group and is in line with those of Ducamp in 2013 (environment and waste), Sonovision in 2014 (aeronautics), Cico Centre in 2015 (nuclear) and Brunet in 2017 (services and real estate).

Jacob Götzsche, Regional CEO of Continental Europe, declares: “ISS Hygiène et Prévention has been operated as a standalone business, offering services with limited integration with ISS’s other service activities. We have elected to enter into exclusive discussions with Ortec for the divestment of ISS Hygiène et Prévention on the basis of its binding offer and the belief that Ortec would be a dedicated owner which would continue to invest in and develop the business”. 

OCS Renews Contract With York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

OCS has agreed a two-year contract extension with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The contract, which has been held since 1st July 2012 will see OCS continue to deliver security services across the trust’s eight sites – an area that totals 3,400 square miles.

Darren Miller, Security and Car Parking Manager, at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have decided to extend the current contract with OCS because we feel OCS have the same values as ourselves when it comes to putting the patient at the centre of everything we do.”


Sodexo’s Trevor Wignall Appointed To Develop Digital Workplace Solutions

Sodexo has appointed Trevor Wignall as digital and innovation director within its corporate services business.

Wignall joined Sodexo in 2017 to support the development of a digital workplace experience for a pharmaceutical organisation’s new global HQ. The creation of this new role is recognition of the need to widen Sodexo’s digital workplace expertise across its wider client base and will see Wignall focus on the development of the organisation’s digital strategy and integration of technology for the corporate services market in the UK and Ireland.

Picture: Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) has awarded CBRE a three-year contract to provide mechanical and electrical services across its attractions and properties.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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