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11 December 2016
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Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.


  • 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. 19 November 2015
  • A special bondThe 10-year collaboration between Cofely and North East Lincolnshire Council has developed way beyond traditional FM and outsourcing partnership to embody a revolutionary set of societal and operational aims, says Sara Bean. 19 November 2015
  • Planning for new arrivalsBIFM has been on an evolutionary journey over the last few years driven in no small part by the leadership of the now CEO, James Sutton. James is set to leave the institute next year, to focus on his new family, but not before a successor has been appointed. The search is on 18 November 2015
  • Exhibiting green credentialsBirmingham NEC's facilities team, 'Team NEC' beat its own high targets in waste management and has been recognised for its commitment to new sustainability initiatives including cutting landfill, water use, energy wastage and costs, writes Jamie Harris. 16 November 2015
  • Out in the coldData centres are wasting energy by producing far more cooled air than necessary according to David Hogg, managing director, 8 Solutions. 09 November 2015
  • In full flightAlan Russell, head of facilities management at Heathrow Airport for Terminal 5, has made the most of what's turned out to be an ideal environment for an ambitious, self-starting engineering & facilities manager. Martin Read reports. 05 November 2015
  • Cable & tirelessIt can be physically draining work to maintain the essential wiring keeping the UK's phone and broadband networks going, as Jamie Harris reports. 26 October 2015
  • 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
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