News and blogs

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

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:

Environment Agency shuts down equivalent of 25 illegal waste sites a week

The Environment Agency today reported that it stopped 1,279 illegal waste sites last year – the equivalent of 25 sites every week. 

HSE simplifies RIDDOR

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has simplified the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

Imperial War Museum issues tender to run Visitor and Security Services

The Imperial War Museum Group has issued a tender to private companies to take over the running of its visitor services. The museum says it will decide in December whether to keep visitor services and security services in-house or contract them out.

The museum runs five sites including the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast. It currently employs some 200 staff in visitor services and security roles.