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08 December 2016
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Articles on benchmarking, contract management, outsourcing, procurement, project management 


  • Smarter offices can deliver a £70bn economic boost, study revealsSmarter use of Britain's office space could improve productivity by 1 to 3.5 per cent and deliver a boost of up to £70 billion to the economy, a study by workplace, property and business experts reveals. 08/12/2016
  • BIFM issues guidance note on cost benchmarkingThe BIFM has published a guidance note to highlight best practice and identify gaps in performance through operational cost benchmarking for FMs. 08/12/2016
  • Environmental standards bodies to work togetherThe Building Research Establishment (BRE) and International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have agreed to pursue alignments between BRE's BREAMM environmental assessment method and IWBI's Well Building Standard. 28/11/2016
  • CIBSE conference focuses on creating breathing spacesIndoor air quality is fast being recognised as a priority concern in the world of well-being and the importance of being on top of the data was a main talking point at the recent CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition. 28/11/2016
  • New building services 'wiki' to help FMs in tall structuresThe Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a 'wiki' to help it develop the building services industry's first technical guidance and standards for systems in tall buildings. 17/11/2016
  • Building service firms report post-Brexit boostA poll conducted by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) suggests that Brexit fears have failed to dent the business performance of building service firms. 04/11/2016
  • Aspire Defence partnership wins extension to £1.1bn MoD dealAspire Defence, a joint venture of Carillion and global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company KBR, has been awarded construction and facilities management support services contracts to support a military programme. 03/11/2016
  • Environment Agency shows landfill waste has halved since 2000The Environment Agency has published its figures for waste management in 2015. 01/11/2016
  • Workplaces must be designed with the disabled in mindWorkplace adjustments should be anticipated by the employer rather than instigated by the employee, according to the first evidence session of the Women and Equalities Committee into disability access. 26/10/2016
  • Construction sector must 'modernise or die', says reportBritain's construction industry faces inexorable decline unless radical steps are taken to address its longstanding problems, according to an independent review commissioned by two government departments. 19/10/2016
  • Government Estates framework in tender processThe government has begun a tender process for its Estates Professional Services agreement. 07/10/2016
  • Suez moves to remedy waste collection problems in CalderdaleSuez has said it is working to an action plan to rectify issues concerning its recycling and waste collection services in Calderdale, near Leeds, after the council imposed financial penalties on it. 03/10/2016
  • Labour promises a real living wageLabour would introduce a "real living wage" of at least £10 an hour if in power, delegates at the Labour Party heard this week. 29/09/2016
  • Council imposes financial penalties on Suez for missed waste collectionsCalderdale Council is imposing financial penalties on Suez recycling and recovery UK due to ongoing issues with waste and recycling collections in Calderdale. 29/09/2016
  • Calling the shotsLast year, BT bought out its FM services provider Monteray and, in September 2012, launched BT Facilities Services Ltd. One year on, BTFS is not only thriving, but aims to offer facilities services to other organisations. 22/09/2016
  • Role modelThe new facilities manager of the year's championing of building information modelling across the central Government estate has set her apart from her peers, as Sara Bean reports. 22/09/2016
  • How to finance a fit-outTo own or not to own that is the question. In this era of renting software and other products, we are increasingly accustomed to the idea of having, but not being tied to a range of products. So does leasing office furniture and interiors make financial sense? Mark Eltringham reports. 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
  • 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. 22/09/2016
  • 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. 22/09/2016
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