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Securing students’ interest in FM

Trigion Security and Facilicom Cleaning Services MD guest lectures at Liverpool John Moores University

Trigion Security and Facilicom Cleaning Services Managing Director, Jan-Hein Hemke is to guest lecture to the final year bachelors’ students studying Facilities Management at Liverpool John Moores University, in October. 

Jan-Hein will be sharing his experience of the challenges of delivering outsourced services, with a focus on his specialist areas, security and cleaning. 

Jan-Hein, explained: “Education and training is an important part of professional development and I am keen to support people in my organisation, and the wider industry, to have successful careers.

“Our involvement with the university brings a number of benefits for everyone. I am keen to see our industry further professionalise and we thought it would be useful for people new to, and training in, FM to hear stories from a real-life supplier. That way they will be able to better appreciate the situation from the suppliers’ point of view when they begin work in the industry.

“In addition, at Trigion and Facilicom, we deal with numerous FM companies, so this is a useful exercise in getting to know more about what is expected from future facilities managers. The new generation will also have a variety of different views and approaches which we are keen to learn about. Many of these students could be our clients or colleagues in the coming years.”

Facilicom works collaboratively with students at a number of higher education establishments to help them with FM projects. This includes supporting students who run an FM company responsible for cleaning their university/college premises. This helps them to understand the practicalities they will face in their working lives, including staffing issues and management of supplies.


Robertson Facilities Management powers forward with contract win

Robertson Facilities Management – a business within the Robertson Group, one of the largest independently owned construction, infrastructure and support services companies in the UK – has secured a one-year contract with global offshore wind leader DONG Energy.

The new agreement will see Robertson Facilities Management deliver a combination of hard and soft FM services to DONG Energy’s new offshore windfarm operations base in King’s Wharf, Birkenhead. The operations base, which was completed earlier this year, serves both Burbo Bank and Burbo Bank Extension offshore windfarms which combined have enough capacity to power over 310,000 homes each year.

Commenting on the success, Ian Gibson, Managing Director for Robertson Facilities Management, said: “We are delighted to be providing a breadth of FM services to DONG Energy and I’m confident our experienced team will become an integral addition to the site at King’s Wharf.

“Robertson Group has a growing presence in the North West and is committed to delivering exceptional standards across its diverse customer base while having a positive impact on local communities. For the Facilities Management business, this is an indication of our ongoing dedication to our workforce and our North West operations.”

Robertson North West – another business within the Robertson Group – previously had a relationship with DONG Energy, having constructed the operation base where Robertson Facilities Management will be carrying out the agreed work.

Lee Rollason, Head of Burbo Bank Operations said: “We’re extremely pleased with the work Robertson has delivered so far; having the new facility has had a really positive impact on our work and day-today activities.

“I’m therefore happy to see we can continue to build on our relationship through Facilities Management and look forward to welcoming the team here.”

Robertson Facilities Management will deliver a number of services, including planned and reactive maintenance, property and building maintenance, minor works and project management, window cleaning and a number of other specialist services.

This announcement builds on Robertson Facilities Management’s other recent successes, with contracts being secured with Tyne Coast College and Northumbrian Water Group.


Chubb Installs Fire and Security Software Upgrade at Coleg Menai

Chubb Fire & Security Limited is helping Welsh further education college Coleg Menai to further protect students, staff and property by upgrading its fire and security management software. Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Chubb’s new Advisor Management software manages and controls 18 panels at the college’s Bangor Campus and two main sites in Holyhead and Llangefni. It provides one single interface for fire detection, intruder alarm, access control and CCTV system management.

“Initially, we approached Chubb regarding panel upgrades,” said Andy Tomlinson, estates services officer, Coleg Menai. “But on further discussion with our Chubb account manager and a consultation period with our tech teams, it was decided that the Advisor Management software would provide significant efficiencies to the way we manage our fire and security systems.”

The software can be accessed remotely and by more than one operator at a time, providing facilities management teams with a reliable, efficient, responsive and highly powerful system.

Alarm management is combined with live video to give immediate visibility to any alarm activation; intruder alarms include live and recorded video to track the whereabouts of an intruder. As a fully integrated system, if an alarm is triggered, lights can be turned on, sounders can be activated, and access granted or restricted – from any connected device.

“Any authorised member of our team now has access to all systems and site plans at the touch of the button, rather than having to switch between programmes. The live video stream in the corner of the screen is also extremely useful for verification purposes,” explained Tomlinson.

With over 500 employees and 10,000 students, Coleg Menai has vast and varying access control needs from students, employees, contractors and visitors.

“A significant benefit has been in streamlining the provision of access control cards, which was previously very labour intensive,” added Mr Tomlinson.

Chubb has been working with Coleg Menai for 20 years and Andy Tomlinson said the long-standing business relationship is a result of good management and trust:

“The Chubb engineers and technical teams are prompt and always available, and the account management has been instrumental in supporting each stage of our fire and security development.”

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