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Building services articles

Articles on building services, including fire protection, HVAC, lifts/escalators, M&E maintenance, mechanical & electrical, utilities


  • FM sees drop-off in merger and acquisition movesMerger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the UK facilities management sector slackened in the final quarter of 2014, following two quarters of robust activity. 05/03/2015
  • Central heating additive wins M&S challengeAn energy-saving additive for heating systems has won a commitment by Marks & Spencer that it will be assessed for potential applications across the retailer's estate. 05/03/2015
  • Bid to scrap DECs sends mixed message, says BSRIAThere could be a fall in the levels of information available on the efficient operation of public buildings if government proposals to scrap Display Energy Certificates (DECs) go ahead, warns BSRIA. 04/03/2015
  • Carillion tasked with £1.5bn FM frameworkCarillion has been appointed by Scape Group as the sole framework provider on a new facilities management framework, with a value of up to £1.5 billion over six years. 04/03/2015
  • Ground Control to maintain Sainsbury's UK estateGround Control is to undertake landscaping and grounds maintenance works across Sainsbury's entire portfolio more than 500 UK stores. 02/03/2015
  • Aramark wins key Irish bank and pharma contractsAramark has won a major contract with Tesco Ireland to provide mechanical, electrical and building fabric maintenance at 26 stores across the west of Ireland. 02/03/2015
  • Atlas muscles in on two London cleaning venturesCleaning firm Atlas Contractors will be supplying cleaning services to Waltham Forest Schools in a three-year extendable contract worth £700,000 a year. 02/03/2015
  • Carillion retains £5m air and rail contractsCarillion has signed contracts worth more than £5 million in the transport and aviation markets, including one at Heathrow Airport. 02/03/2015
  • JVs attributed to Norse Group successNorse Commercial Services has announced strong sales figures of more than £37 million. 27/02/2015
  • Interserve makes impact on core outsourcing marketOutsourcing support services group Interserve saw organic growth of its revenue increase by 10 per cent in 2014, according to its annual results. 26/02/2015
  • Carbon footprint:using servers/computers to heat officesWith appropriate regulation and contractual packages unlocking investment, tomorrow's world could actually be a golden age for building efficiency, says Simon Hobday. 26/02/2015
  • Identifying and dealing with asbestoss 20 people, on average, still die every week from asbestos-related diseases, the HSE's 'Beware Asbestos' campaign reminds those working on commercial properties that asbestos is still a very real threat facing trades people and maintenance workers 26/02/2015
  • Axis secures three-year deal at landmark City buildingCommercial real estate agent Cushman and Wakefield has awarded a three-year contract to Axis Security to provide services to 10 Finsbury Square, a new office building in London. 25/02/2015
  • Kier revenues up, but profit fallsKier Group has reported a rise in revenues, but a fall in profit before tax in the six months to 31 December 2014. 25/02/2015
  • R22 phase-out: replace or modify?BSRIA's director of engineering, Mike Smith, is concerned that many building owners and operators may be unaware of the changes in refrigerant legislation that could have a major impact on their businesses. 24/02/2015
  • Shepherd FM extends Twickenham workFacilities management provider Shepherd FM secured an extension to its existing maintenance contract with Twickenham Stadium, operated by RFU. 24/02/2015
  • B&ES members report rise in workload and turnoverA 'state of trade' survey of Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) member organisations has indicated an increase in workload and turnover as well as signs of slowing growth. 23/02/2015
  • Team playersWhen BT Sport moved into the former Olympic International Broadcast Centre in Stratford, staff at BT Facilities Services had to deal with supporting live TV studios as major media complex redevelopment work carried on around them. Jamie Harris reports. 23/02/2015
  • Variable refrigerant technologiesBuilding owners are seeking out highly energy-efficient climate control systems to maintain indoor comfort. Martin Passingham explains how variable refrigerant volume (VRV) and variable refrigerant temperature (VRT) technologies can help balance heat output. 16/02/2015
  • EIC wins contract to maintain MoD estateEIC has won a sub-contract to deliver all planned and reactive building fabric and maintenance work at 42 of the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) estate in the south-east of England. 12/02/2015
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