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Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.


  • Dear diarists...What would happen, wondered our regular diarist Finbarr Murray, if all four of FM World's current columnists were to meet up? Turns out they'd offer an entertainingly upbeat assessment of FM's growing influence across their various sectors, as Martin Read reports. 03 June 2014
  • Acting upHow are FM providers injecting social value into their business activities to meet the requirements of the Social Value Act? What constitutes social value and how can it be measured? Nick Martindale reports. 02 June 2014
  • Back to the futureJamie Harris talks to Tom Billington, facilities manager at Durham Cathedral, on the challenges of FM in a 1,000-year-old building, and plans to bring it into the 21st century. 20 May 2014
  • A life's callingIt's a poignant irony that with facilities management still the second or even third career choice of many, Ismena Clout aged 39 can now say that she has dedicated her entire working life to both the BIFM and the profession it represents. Martin Read reports. 08 May 2014
  • Is the Green Deal golden?The Green Deal is the government initiative designed to press businesses and homeowners to use more green measures in their buildings. A 'Golden Rule' underpins how big the repayments will be, but all that glitters is not gold, as three senior lecturers at Liverpool John Moores University Mal Ashall, Martin Turley and Stephen Finnegan report. 08 May 2014
  • Creative energyThe European Commission is targeting many more businesses in a wide-ranging bid to make them more conscientious about saving energy and FMs may be its shock troops 06 May 2014
  • The generation gameIncreasingly, as work life throws together at least three of Shakespeare's 'seven ages', facilities managers will find themselves having to transform the workplace to make all employees equally productive, says Kevin Stanley. 28 April 2014
  • Research engineThe new Francis Crick Institute will test the power of design to drive collaboration and innovation, says Richard Byatt. 22 April 2014
  • A clean sweepAre retail organisations getting the best from their cleaning contractor or is service supplier size a guide to performance? David Purdy offers the smaller contractor's perspective 15 April 2014
  • Gone in 60 secondsNew European standards and legislation are among the issues that need to be considered when specifying the most effective evacuation solution for a building, as Adam Bernstein reports 15 April 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. 07 April 2014
  • For the fallenA hundred years on from Britain's entry into the Great War, the nation's memorials are under threat as never before from vandalism, accidents, erosion and corporate change. Here, Frances Moreton, director of the War Memorials Trust, explains how FMs can be guardians of remembrance. 24 March 2014
  • Estates of mindAlthough business and academe are becoming ever more entwined in a common goal to mould the minds of the future, their way of working differs fundamentally. Ricky Taylor explains why the transition to a leaner, meaner estate in academia may be more challenging than in other sectors. 24 March 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. 24 March 2014
  • Coffee in the workplaceAs well as a move towards more informal work environments and break-out areas, millennials (generation Y) want easy access to quality coffee in the workplace. Jamie Harris reports. 11 March 2014
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