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Procurement/projects

Articles on benchmarking, contract management, outsourcing, procurement, project management 

 

  • Government adopts IPMS to 'future-proof' its estateThe government will adopt the new International Property Measurement Standard introduced in January 2016 to future-proof the way it measures its buildings and to ensure consistency across the UK and internationally. 08/02/2016
  • Firms 'don't use' estate data to make decisionsData and analytics can be an indispensable part of a company's decision-making process, but not all firms are making use of it, says a report by real estate group JLL. 26/01/2016
  • Implement cost-saving security measures after a refurbishment projectSecurikey's Jeremy Cassady examines some of the discreet, low-cost, easy-to-install solutions available before and after retrofit. 21/12/2015
  • Between the linesThe need for regular independent audits of contract documentation and management for outsourced FM contracts cannot be overstated, says Lynda Cox, a project director at the Sweett Group. 21/12/2015
  • Serco is out of pain, but still on the recovery listWhen does a corporate rescue situation become a genuine recovery play? That is a crucial question for investors looking at outsourcing giant Serco, writes Graeme Davies. 07/12/2015
  • COP21: Business pledges huge building carbon cutsCarillion, Cofely and Camden Council among many other construction and FM companies have signed up to a series of pledges to cut carbon emissions from their buildings. 03/12/2015
  • Investors start to look for scope outside LondonThe growing appeal of regional market conditions could prompt forays into new areas either organically or through acquisitions in the sector, writes Graeme Davies. 23/11/2015
  • Key economic role for business service providersBusiness services organisations are playing a vital role in the development of regional commercial hubs and are easing the process of political devolution, according to a report. 10/11/2015
  • Expect more deals but of smaller valueWe heard recently of a calming down in the 'exuberance' which had characterised the trends in outsourcing in the NHS during the past two years, but has this pattern been repeated elsewhere, and indeed in the private sector, writes Graeme Davies. 02/11/2015
  • Pace of NHS outsourcing is slowing downRecent research suggests that the pace of outsourcing in the NHS has slowed dramatically, writes Graeme Davies. 30/10/2015
  • Review saves £4.8m in FM costs at NHS TrustA benchmarking review of soft facilities services at an NHS Trust has resulted in savings of £4.81 million. 22/10/2015
  • Edinburgh Council decides against FM outsourcingThe City of Edinburgh Council has decided against outsourcing its facilities management services. 28/09/2015
  • Edinburgh City Council aims to save £80m on FMThe City of Edinburgh Council is considering a number of measures, including outsourcing facilities and property management, to address a budget shortfall. 21/09/2015
  • PM: 'smarter state' to provide better public servicesPrime Minister David Cameron is to set out plans for a 'smarter state', which provides better value for the taxpayer. 17/09/2015
  • Healthy alternativesHealth secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to undergo a 'technology revolution'. Here, a research report by Prof Ilfryn Price of Sheffield Hallam University and Sarah Tobin, property asset manager at Fulcrum presented at the recent EuroFM research symposium looks at what health-related services delivered remotely from hospitals might mean for future NHS estate facilities and their management. 06/07/2015
  • Scots Police and Fire partner on FM procurementScottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Police Scotland have agreed to jointly procure buildings maintenance and repair services to achieve significant savings and provide value for money for both organisations and the public. 11/06/2015
  • 'One Team' cross-border strategy wins EuroFM awardGlobal information technology service provider EMC has won a European award for its approach to real estate and facilities management (RE&F) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 03/06/2015
  • World FM Day: Take your 15 Minutes of FM FameTo celebrate the eighth annual World FM Day on Wednesday 10th June, FM World is painting the picture of a typical day in FM by giving 40 FMs their own 15-minute slot to explain exactly what they're up to at that time. 26/05/2015
  • ThinkFM: whole-life performance is key, says DattaAll aspects of the property sector need to be appraised on the whole-life performance of the buildings that they produce, says Munish Datta, head of Plan A and facilities managment for Marks & Spencer. 15/05/2015
  • 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. 07/05/2015
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