News and blogs

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

ABI: Insurance Claims Flood in -'Ask for flood mitigation measures'

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says that between 23 December 2013 and 8 January 2014, insurers dealt with some 174,000 claims for damage to homes, businesses and cars.

Insurance claims from the floods and storms over Christmas and the New Year could reach £426m.

Land Registry sell-off proposed

Thehe agency that records all land and property information in England and Wales, the Land Registry, could be sold off as part of the government’s efforts to raise funds from selling state assets.

The Land Registry has recorded property data since 1862. It the most comprehensive source of information property prices. Its data is closely monitored by economists and its information on sale prices are used by online property portals.

CIBSE President asks: Should FMs be Chartered?

The President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has called for a debate on Chartered status for Facilities Managers.

Call for clearer Energy Tariffs for Business

The Federation of Small Business has called for energy companies to provide better information for small businesses. 

Last year the Government to forced the big utility companies to make their energy tariffs more transparent for householders. Now the Federation of Small Business  (FSB) wants the same rules to apply to businesses.

HSE publishes revised Asbestos Guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its guidance how organisations should manage asbestos. It has made changes to the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) with the aim of making it easier for employers to understand their legal obligations and protect their workers from the dangers of working with asbestos.

Imperial War Museum hit by Building Services Problems

The Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London is set to close for the first half of 2014, after the discovery of problems with the building services during recent renovation works.  

The closure, in the year of the Centenary of the outbreak of World War I, comes just six months after the museum building re-opened following major building works.

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?

At Heathrow's Terminal Five, it seems the answer will be: a team of high-wire artists.

A report on the news site Exaro says the current dim lighting at Terminal Five is due to the fact that maintenance staff can't figure out a way to change the light bulbs.

Kenwood House re-opens after £5.95m Refit

English Heritage this week re-opened Kenwood House, an 18th Century stately home in Hampstead, after an 18 month-long repair and refurbishment project.  The project included repairs to the slate roof, chimneys and gutters, the installation of a lift,  as well as interior refurbishment and repainting of the main facade.