News and blogs

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

3 FM Industry bodies signal go-ahead for merger

Three facilities management industry bodies have announced that their proposed merger will go ahead.  The announcement comes after the Board of the sector skills council Asset Skills voted in favour of a proposed merger with the Facilities Management Association (FMA) and the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA).

Conference: The Potential of Digital Technologies for Survey and Management

COTAC’s conference on “Digital Futures for Traditional Buildings” provided an opportunity to assess the potential of the latest digital technologies for recording and managing older buildings.  The event provided gave a fascinating insight into the rapid development of digital technologies, including 3D laser scanning, 3D modelling, LIDAR and BIM.

Recycling Rates fall Across London

Almost half of London's 33 London councils have recorded a fall in the proportion of household waste they recycled in 2012-13 compared with year before. 

Annual waste statistics from the Department for Environment (DEFRA) also revealed that more than 40% of London's waste was incinerated.  This is a rise of 17 percentage points over the past two years.

Tate St Ives - Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder?

The Tate Gallery in St Ives was built to highlight the rich artistic heritage of this small town on the very western tip of Britain.  

The design brief for the Gallery, which opened in 1993, stated:

" ...the building should be stimulating, imaginative and excellent. It should be equally attractive to the art enthusiast and to the family on holiday."

So here is what the art enthusiast and the family on holiday see on the main approach to the Gallery:

NUS to Rent Light Bulbs

The National Union of Students’ (NUS) has decided to rent, not buy, the light bulbs for its new offices at Macadam House in London.  

Rather than buying the bulbs and then paying for the electricity, the NUS renting the whole package from technology giant Philips. The NUS will pay a flat rate for the energy they use and Philips will take care of the bulbs.

WWF UK opens new Sustainable HQ and Visitor Centre

The World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF) has achieved exceptionally high environmental ratings for its new £20m HQ building.  WWF's "Living Planet Centre" in Woking was opened by Sir David Attenborough this week.

The building features open plan work place for 300 WWF staff. It also has a 150 seat conference venue, education facilities and exhibit space.

Nearly Half of Repair and Refurb Sites fail Safety Checks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it found dangerous practices and poor standards at nearly half the repair and refurbishments sites it visited in September.

As part of a nationwide construction safety campaign, HSE inspectors visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 sites. 

CFM Group Meeting Oct 29th: "Green and Clean"

The autumn Charity Facilities Management Group meeting will be on the topic "Green and Clean" - all about recycling, waste management and cleaning.

On the Agenda: