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

 

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A bigger pictureInterserve hopes its purchase of Initial will give it greater weight when bidding for larger FM contracts. But in the current market, is bigger necessarily better? Will the £2bn Interserve juggernaut bowl over the smaller big players? David Arminas reports. 11 March 2014
  • Fit for businessBusiness intelligence paves the way for smarter contract and service delivery management. Steve Sawyer, director of professional services solutions for business software provider Access Group, explains. 11 March 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. 10 March 2014
  • The A to Z of LPGRob Shuttleworth of UKLPG, the national association for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), argues that the fuel can be a convenient and efficient alternative to more traditional choices. 03 March 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. 03 March 2014
  • The ties that bindThe extent to which FM services providers are embedded with clients often comes down to a delicate balancing act for both provider and customer. How do both parties maintain a healthy relationship rather than one that strangles initiative? Nick Martindale reports. 24 February 2014
  • Working apart togetherHow much can corporate facilities managers learn from the cloud-based desk jockeys embracing co-working in the UK's big cities? Juriaan van Meel and Rikke Brinkø report on a growing movement. 13 February 2014
  • Sporting chanceMore than 70 per cent of sports halls in the UK are sited in educational facilities. Making them available out of school hours can be a huge benefit to local communities. Martin Read reports on a way of doing so that was recently recognised in the BIFM Awards profound impact category. 13 February 2014
  • Seeing the lightSoftware that diverts automatic meter reading data into usage reports gives facilities managers a welcome new tool for analysing consumption. Tim Hipperson explains 13 February 2014
  • A lift into workThe London Borough of Ealing's apprenticeship programme sees disadvantaged youngsters and former offenders introduced into the facilities services team. Martin Read looks at how the programme works. 13 February 2014
  • Big brother or big botherBalancing the security of your property against the possible impact on people's privacy when using CCTV can be a tough call for FMs, reports Andrew Gallie. 31 January 2014
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