News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

Heritage Lottery Fund launches new £8million resilience programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help charities build their resilience. The programme will offer grants of £3,000 and £250,000.

The application guidelines suggest several areas which could be of interest to charity facilities managers and others responsible for strategy for charity property.

HLF says the grants could be used for:

50 Things to do in a Church

The National Churches Trust has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of churches to local people and communities.  The campaign, entitled “50 Things to do in a Church” celebrates the many and diverse ways church buildings are used, and asks the public to share their favourite things to do in a church or chapel.  

Private Members Bill on Safeguarding the Environment post Brexit

Geraint Davies MP has introduced a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to make provision for the safeguarding of standards of environmental protection derived from European Union legislation after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Choice, control and space – what workers want

A new study of workers' office preferences shows that comfort, temperature and lighting are the most important considerations driving wellbeing.

The research, commissioned by the British Council for Offices and property consultants Savills, looked at at what workers want from their offices and aimed to identify likely trends which will affect the future of workspace design.

Pollutant warning over 'airtight' modern buildings

In the drive to cut energy bills and increase environmental sustainability, architects, designers and facilities managers are increasingly seeking to make buildings airtight.

However new research in Scotland shows that new and refurbished properties designed to be airtight are risking a build-up of harmful chemicals and moisture if people do not use ventilation correctly.

Nearly 1,500 pubs listed as Assets of Community Value

Community groups across England have come together to list their local pubs as community assets in order to protect them from redevelopment.

5 stars available for Considerate Constructors

The new US embassy in London is one of the first construction sites to achieve a five star rating under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is the national scheme to reward developers that run safe and considerate construction sites. It was designed to improve the image of the construction industry and to promote site safety.

FM body the Building Futures Group folds

The Board of the Building Futures Group has announced that the company has ceased trading.

A statement on the organisation’s website, entitled “The Building Futures Group announces business closure after two successful years”, gives no reason for the closure.

The Building Futures Group was set up following the merger of the Facilities Management Association and the former sector skills council Asset Skills and the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) in 2013.