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  • Living Wage included in Glasgow procurement rulesGlasgow City Council has announced fresh measures to tackle the issue of in-work poverty in the city. 15/12/2014
  • Size mattersThe London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham needed to generate space for additional staff. Cutting existing desks to size offered an effective solution that fitted the authority's limited budget. 11/12/2014
  • Degrees of changeIn recognising that their students are customers and providing a hotel-style service aligned to the overall university vision, the facilities management team at Edge Hill University has won the 2013 BIFM 'In-house client team of the year' award for their excellent service delivery. 11/12/2014
  • Drinking it all inThe BIFM award for 'Impact on organisation and workplace' 2013 recognised the relocation of Britvic Group's head office from Chelmsford to Hemel Hempstead which, according to the BIFM judges, resulted in a step change in how the business collaborates and grows its market presence as One Britvic. 11/12/2014
  • Centre of attentionThe scale of the Liverpool ONE retail and leisure centre means a truly broad scope of services is required to keep the 24/7 site operational. Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Trust issuesBringing FM expertise into the design and build of St Helens and Whiston Hospitals in Merseyside has created two of the top-performing hospitals in the country. Sara Bean finds out why they won the BIFM award for Excellence in a Major Project. 11/12/2014
  • Retail therapyLiverpool ONE's shops, cinema and residential space are underpinned by two kinds of park space a 4,000 underground car park and five acres of lively green park space at the top. Each has its FM challenges, as Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Taking the stageFacilities management for a film studio site demands an almost superhuman combination of both customer and project management skills and a determination not to be fazed by the presence of celebrities, as Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Working chemistryThe move by pharmaceutical giant Astellas to refit and occupy an abandoned Norman Foster building has resulted in a BCO fit-out award and a burgeoning respect for the company's FM function. Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Event horizonExCeL London will host this year's Facilities Show in twelve weeks' time. But this multi-faceted venue is a colourful case study in facilities management itself, as Martin Read reports. 11/12/2014
  • Research engineThe new Francis Crick Institute will test the power of design to drive collaboration and innovation, says Richard Byatt. 11/12/2014
  • Man aliveThe Isle of Man may have the oldest parliament in the world, but some of the FM issues it faces are entirely modern, as Martin Read and Sam Rafferty explain. 11/12/2014
  • What did apprenticeships ever do for me?National Apprenticeship Week runs from 3rd to 7th March, and while there's much to praise now that a full apprenticeship structure is in place across the profession, the people who can really explain the virtues of apprenticeships are former apprentices themselves. 11/12/2014
  • Employees yearn for private workspace, says researchEmployees are 'desperately seeking privacy' in open-plan offices, according to research. 08/12/2014
  • FM DNA: Nature or know-how?Are facilities managers born great? Do some achieve greatness, while others have greatness thrust upon them? One current and five former facilities managers of the year sat down together recently to debate the issues of nature vs. nurture in FM. 04/12/2014
  • Workplace, people and youThe 18th annual BIFM Ireland Conference, held at Titanic Belfast, saw a record number of delegates and exhibitors. Lucy Black reports 03/12/2014
  • Multinationals host tests on cognitive health at workTrials to measure the impact of a workplace's layout, space, furniture, noise and light on an employee's cognitive health are being conducted at two major multinational companies. 26/11/2014
  • WW2014: a healthy debateThe Workplace Week convention in London earlier this month drew experts from across the UK to discuss topics surrounding worker wellbeing and the groundbreaking research into measuring performance in the workplace. 26/11/2014
  • MIT professor encourages more strategic collaboration in clustersThe socialisation in co-working spaces and business clusters should not be left to simple serendipity, but be organised in a more strategic way, Professor Mike Joroff told a conference this week. 21/11/2014
  • Lighter technology predicted in future workplaceThe future workplace will be made up of a new generation of lightweight technologies designed to work alongside the gadgets people carry in their pockets, claims Microsoft's office specialist. 20/11/2014
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