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Articles on building design, including architecture, civil engineering, conservation, refurbishment, structural engineering


  • New TUPE - what do you need to know?Amended TUPE regulations came into effect on 31 January. Here, Felicity Gemson highlights some of the main changes as they affect FMs. 15/04/2014
  • Compulsory equal pay audits what's the big deal?If businesses do not close the gender pay gap voluntarily, the government will soon force them to and FMs must take heed. 24/03/2014
  • Flexible working: A legal change or a cultural change?The government may have delayed implementing the wide-ranging Children and Families Bill, which is still undergoing amendments, but employers should be now be preparing for its impact on their businesses. 11/03/2014
  • New EU food labelling regulationsThe EU has introduced new legislation on food labeling to include providing allergy information on unpackaged food. Henry Watts explains what the changes mean. 10/03/2014
  • FMs can stop offices being ''waste of space''Office space is a poorly used asset by companies, says new research by a workplace specialist consultancy. 25/02/2014
  • FMs lack tools to assess energy use of buildingsFacilities management professionals are highly committed to maximising energy improvements in buildings, but still lack metering and monitoring tools to establish accurate baselines and track progress, says a survey. 19/02/2014
  • Culture change needed to implement BIMA cultural change is needed if Building Information Modelling (BIM) is to be properly implemented across the built environment ahead of the government's 2016 deadline, says a survey of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 17/02/2014
  • Asbestos know your responsibilitiesRecent HSE changes to the regulations on asbestos affecting FMs as duty holders underline the need for constant vigilance. Paul Reeve reports on the revised code. 12/02/2014
  • Defining tenants' trespassA tenant who installed air-con units on the landlord's roof without consent was trespassing. But the court decided against awarding damages. Hayley Harris explains why. 30/01/2014
  • Tenants' fit-outsIf landlords want to retain tenants' additions to premises, specific wording to that effect should be added to the lease. Shirleen Kirk reports on recent court guidance. 30/01/2014
  • Cofely to build energy centre at Nottingham hospitalCofely, a GDF SUEZ company is to construct, operate and maintain a new energy centre at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire. 16/01/2014
  • Westminster retenders housing estate refurbWestminster City Council will retender a major housing refurbishment contract after ending a deal with construction and maintenance firm Mulalley. 13/01/2014
  • ISS continues to appear at London's SouthbankISS Facility Services UK has won an extension to its contract for engineering and fabric services at the Southbank Centre in London. 10/01/2014
  • Sapphire is the jewel in Stoke's crownA consortium led by Eric Wright has been appointed to build and maintain 390 extra-care flats in Stoke-on-Trent under a 25-year contract. 09/01/2014
  • BIM events and initiatives launchedNational Building Specification has launched its fourth National BIM survey, and the second Crystal Clear BIM Conference will take place on March 24 and 25 at the Crystal Building in London. 12/12/2013
  • Kudos cooks up a treat in HarrogateCatering outfit Kudos has won a five-year deal with the Harrogate International Centre. 22/11/2013
  • NG Bailey double-dealing in Aberdeen and DurhamNG Bailey has secured two new contracts within the last week: a £15 million engineering deal with Bowmer & Kirkland and a £2.4 million engineering contract for a riverside development project in Durham. 21/11/2013
  • Energy and transport costs hit SMEs hardThe rate of growth of costs for small firms, such as energy and transport, has fallen year on year, but is still above inflation, according to research. 12/11/2013
  • Better data sharing 'will transform buildings'The government should make design and planning data more easily accessible to help improve future buildings and spaces, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and building engineers ARUP. 08/11/2013
  • BIM4FM to create BIM and soft landings guidanceThe BIM4FM group is creating a guidance note to support and develop the FM industry's understanding of building information modelling and soft landings. 07/11/2013
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