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Feature articles

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

 

  • Law inspiringThe Dublin County Courts of Justice showcase a PFI project in which elements of building design, operational management and energy efficiency have rewritten the way an entire profession operates. Martin Read reports. 19 October 2015
  • Supporting the gene geniusesTo support the quest to find new treatments for diseases and make new scientific discoveries, FM support at the world-class Wellcome Trust Genome Campus research facilities in Cambridgeshire has to match the bold ambitions of the scientists. Following a recent BIFM Eastern Region event on the campus site, Rob Farman reports. 08 October 2015
  • My life in furnitureJohn Fogarty, retiring as special projects director for Bisley Office Furniture, charts his role in the development of office furniture systems from the end of the Mad Men era through to the rise of the Millennials. 08 October 2015
  • Pay it forwardFM should be seen as a value driver in the sense of selling future levels of productivity, say researchers Daniel von Felten, Manuel Böhm and Christian Coenen, who call it 'the multiplier effect'. 02 October 2015
  • The best aid plansThe role of FM within international aid charity ActionAid has developed considerably since Will Bowen joined the organisation, as Jamie Harris reports. 25 September 2015
  • Seeking wise councilThe £45 million property services contract in place with Lincolnshire County Council is seen by all parties as significant because of how transparency in communication between interested parties is adding intelligence to decision making. Martin Read reports. 24 September 2015
  • Activity-based pros and cons'Activity-based' offices offer more flexibility in workstyle choice, but they also require managers capable of imposing strong user discipline if they're to be truly effective as research at the Center for People and Buildings, Delft University of Technology, has found. 21 September 2015
  • Standing the test of timeSit-stand desks seem to have come from nowhere, but are now associated with a campaign to Get Britain Standing and a growing narrative seeking to rid the UK workforce of sedentary working. Added benefits, claim those in favour, include increased productivity and improved employee wellbeing. But what are they like in practice? 14 September 2015
  • The social contractSince the passing of the Public Services (Social Value) Act requiring public authorities to incorporate economic, social and environmental wellbeing into services contracts, FM providers are doing more to get involved with local communities. Elisabeth Jeffries reports. 10 September 2015
  • Getting with the programmeSky's facilities management team is working to match the 'Believe in Better' slogan in the way it works on behalf of the company's employees, as Jamie Harris reports. 18 August 2015
  • Simply the guestChiswick Park in West London continues to win awards for the way its estates management team focuses solely on the needs of 'guests'. Today, 10 years after FM World's first visit, what impresses is how the team is helping workers take control of their lives beyond the workplace, as Martin Read reports. 16 July 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 July 2015
  • Up for the cupCoffee and its consumption is a social activity that's driving a fundamental shift in the relationship between contract caterers and their clients, not least through the integration of premium grade high street coffee shop experiences into the workplace. Martin Read writes this beverage report. 01 July 2015
  • Health and efficiencyThe promise of greater workplace productivity can be even more alluring to companies than a few kilowatts saved by streamlining a building's energy efficiency. Happily, says commercial property and energy consultant Andrew Cooper, the two can go hand in hand. 18 June 2015
  • FM's changing demographicsThe stereotype of a facilities manager male, aged 40 to 60, from a trade or M&E background no longer rings true, as our survey demonstrates. 20 May 2015
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