News and blogs

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

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.

More than one third of FMs unfamiliar with BIM

A survey has revealed more than a third of facilities management professionals are unfamiliar with building information modeling, or BIM.  

BIM is the process of generating and managing computer data about the design and functioning of a building during its entire life cycle. The  government-backed BIM4FM group carried out the survey to find out whether fms are aware of BIM.   

Complaints to Southern Water up by 77%

Customer complaints to Southern Water have gone up by 77% this year.  Meanwhile Thames Water recieved 32,232 written complaints from its customers in the year to 31 March 2013, the highest number of any water company.

The failings were announced by the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) in its annual report on written customer complaints.

Solar Panels go on sale in IKEA

Solar panels will be sold at Ikea's Southampton store from today - and the product will be offered in all Ikea's UK stores within the ten months.

German-made solar panels will be supplied by a Chinese company. The panels will cost £5,700 for a typical installation of 18 panels.The service includes an in-store consultation, design service as well as installation, maintenance and on-going energy monitoring.

Cancer Research awards five-year FM contract to Vinci

Cancer Research UK has appointed Vinci Facilities to deliver hard FM services to the charity's real estate and residential properites nationwide.  The programme includes a range of planned and reactive works, external building fabric repairs and installations.  Work started on August 1st. 

BIFM pulls out of Merger Talks with Trade Bodies

The BIFM has announced that it is withdrawing with immediate effect from merger talks with the Facilities Management Association (FMA)  the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) and the sector skills council Asset Skills. 

Church denies Claims that it is eyeing Fracking Profits

The Church of England has denied claims that it is hoping to cash in on "fracking" by claiming the mineral rights to land under hundreds of thousands of homes.

RICS Consultation on Managing Facilities to Enhance Organisational Performance

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is encouraging facilities managers to comment on the draft text of a new guidance document on best practice in facilities management.

The link to the draft text is below.

Be warned it is a very comprehensive document! However, it is an interesting attempt to sum up the key roles of the facilities manager, looking topics like strategy, planning and delivery.