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25 September 2016
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Articles on central, European, local

  • History todayOne of London's most historic building complexes is adopting a thoroughly modern approach to the procurement and organisation of its FM. 22/09/2016
  • Top of the classLucy Black finds that academy schools across the country have been given more responsibility to specify works and maintenance. 22/09/2016
  • The inside storyFM provision in prisons is changing. David Arminas finds that 'performance-based contracts' are the future, while service providers are finding that their measures of success have shifted. 22/09/2016
  • BIFM: twenty years onSeptember 2013 sees the BIFM celebrating quite a milestone its 20th anniversary. It's been a long and fruitful journey, as explained by some of those involved. 22/09/2016
  • Changing channelITV's head of facilities Ian Jones is providing a bespoke FM service to accommodate the needs of three differing working cultures. Martin Read reports. 22/09/2016
  • Zero or hero?The trend towards 'zero-hour' contracts has sparked controversy within the wider UK economy. Here, Nick Martindale assesses the impact of such contracts on the FM industry. 22/09/2016
  • Showing initiativeThe replacement for the Private Finance Initiative, PF2, heralds an entirely new approach to FM for such arrangements. Stephen Holton outlines the changes and their potential impact on the FM industry. 22/09/2016
  • Share in the communityAt West Berkshire Community Hospital, the sharing of day-to-day and project information between the facilities team and its Trust clients is critical, as Martin Read reports 22/09/2016
  • Tri it and see?In October 2010, Westminster City Council, Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, and Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council combined specific areas of service delivery as a response to financial pressures facing local government. It was a gutsy answer to challenging times but should this model be adopted more widely? Nick Martindale investigates. 22/09/2016
  • The City, slickerAgile working, changing demographics, corporate flexibility and the quality of public realm are all factors at play in an evolving City of London, as a new report reveals. Martin Read picks out some key findings. 22/09/2016
  • Starting small thinking bigCan FM be used as a transformation catalyst? That was the question raised on a project to procure a total FM contract for the London boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. Steve McDowell and David Cartwright of Comet Advisory explain. 22/09/2016
  • A special bondThe 10-year collaboration between Cofely and North East Lincolnshire Council has developed way beyond traditional FM and outsourcing partnership to embody a revolutionary set of societal and operational aims, says Sara Bean. 22/09/2016
  • Connect and communicateCould BIM transform the way we design, construct, and manage buildings? Richard Byatt reports from Bristol on a project for the University of the West of England. 22/09/2016
  • The DNA of city devolutionTransfer of powers to cities and regions will give more control to local decision makers over the new built environment that FMs will ultimately manage. In the first of a 'future influences' series looking at wider built environment trends, Benjamin Mansell and Michael Pocock of law firm Pinsent Masons look at the potential impact of 'devo-deals' 22/09/2016
  • Waging battleWill the introduction of a mandatory National Living Wage lead to job losses, erosion of earnings differentials and lost margins in the FM sector? Or could it mean less staff churn and a happier, more productive workforce? Graeme Davies assesses its likely effects 22/09/2016
  • The country filesMeeting the needs of all stakeholders can be a tough call for FM operatives working out of town not least because they are often battling the elements. Duncan Glen discusses the challenges of meeting the diverse needs of rural land users. 22/09/2016
  • Mastering apprenticesThe government's apprenticeship levy is part of a bold plan that aims to raise £3 billion a year in order to fund three million apprentices across the UK by 2020. What impact will it have on facilities management, and is it addressing the right skills gap? Jamie Harris reports. 22/09/2016
  • 'Getting' CarterLord Carter of Coles' NHS review set out to show how savings could be made through collaboration and standardised FM procurement procedures. Nick Martindale asks those on the ground whether this vision is realistic or just a pipedream 22/09/2016
  • Public sector FM: a shared visionA recent university of Salford event, The Future of Facilities Management in the Public Sector, explored the problem of ineffective public facilities and had speakers proposing ideas to 'rationalise and transform' the sustainability of public sector FM operations. Jamie Harris picks out some of the day's key contributions 22/09/2016
  • Interserve renews tailored services deal with the Environment AgencySupport services and construction group Interserve has been awarded a two-year account extension with the Environment Agency worth over £11 million. 19/09/2016
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