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CBRE Re-Appointed In Royal Hospital Chelsea FM Contract

CBRE Re-Appointed In Royal Hospital Chelsea FM Contract

Global real estate advisor CBRE has been reappointed to provide facilities management for the Royal Hospital Chelsea in a five year contract, with the option to extend for a further two years.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is the home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, who are all retired soldiers of the British Army and provides care and comradeship to over 300 veterans.
Under the terms of the contract, CBRE will provide hard FM to include fabric maintenance and a helpdesk, as well as refurbishment projects within the grade one listed building environment.
John Billington, Business Unit Director at CBR.

E GWS commented: “We are delighted to be reappointed and continue our 9 year close working relationship with the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is a pleasure to deliver this service within the unique environment of care for the former British Army service personnel. We look forward to working collaboratively with the hospital to ensure its continued smooth running.”
Nicky Mott MBE CBIFM, Director of Estates, Facilities & Quartermaster at the Royal Hospital said: “We are delighted that after a competitive tendering process CBRE have had a successful outcome. They provide value for money and are instrumental in helping the Royal Hospital provide care for our older veterans – the Chelsea Pensioners.”


 
SilentGliss and GIRA event at Hulsta

SilentGliss and GIRA event at Hulsta

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, partners up with SilentGliss to raise awareness on ‘Luxury Window Treatments for Smart Buildings’.
In a bid to continue its investment in the UK and deliver ECO credentials, SilentGliss with the support of Gira held a seminar on 28.02.18 at Hulsta: Gira’s UK Experience Centre at 23-25 Baker Street, London W1U 8EQ.
Encouraging both brand and business to engage directly with architects, developers and interior designers, Gira and SilentGliss opened the evening with UK Account Manager for Gira, Muir Baxter, presenting an overview of smart build technologies which touched on future orientated design, coordinated design and supportive build technology.
In conjunction, Tom Brownson, Architect and Design Manager at SlientGliss explained how its collection of shading solutions complement the Gira product portfolio and the benefits reached together: solar gain, natural light and workstation comfort.
This enlightening seminar was then shortly followed-up by a key-note guest speaker, Marc Koehler of MKA Architecture who used the evening to give details on his new design concept Superlofts: a flexible design and development framework by Marc Koehler to precisely service co-housing of the future.
Mark Booth, Managing Director at Gira UK Ltd, comments “We had a great mix of key decision makers, at a time when Smart Home technologies are set to be the next big thing for interiors. To have a dedicated platform to educate and inspire, we decided to highlight some of our global achievements with major projects such as Fenman House [Kings Cross], The Murray Hotel [Hong Kong], Chelsea Barracks [London] and W Hotel [Algarve] addressed on the night.”
He continues, “We hope with continued open dialogue, product rich events and reactive communication, Gira will fast become the first and only choice for luxury specifiers calling for intelligent build solutions and technology.”


 
Conren Launch New Website

Conren Launch New Website

Specialist Resin Manufacturers Conren Limited has just launched their new website www.conren.com.
The focus of the new website has been to improve the format to make it even easier to source the latest technical information on Conren’s wide range of resin coatings, screeds, waterproofing compounds, highways anti-skid and safety surfacing.
With approximately 85% of the traffic to the website being accessed on mobile devices, the design of the new site has specifically taken into account the use of smart phones and tablets to quickly download and view datasheets and technical literature whilst on the move. 
The Company’s brochure ‘Surfacing Solutions’ is also available in a ‘pdf’ format to download from the site as well as all the latest news from the Company.
Help is also at hand for Architects and Specifiers who can now access the appropriate NBS specification clauses and BIM Objects for Conren’s extensive range of surfacing products within the product section.
Since 1971 Conren have been providing surfacing solutions for major projects in the UK and throughout the world, supported by agents and distributors in over 30 countries.


 
Record turnover for North West based cleaning and facilities services company

Record turnover for North West based cleaning and facilities services company

Sale based cleaning and facilities service provider, Floorbrite, has announced record turnover of more than £15.5m for 2017 – an increase of £3m on 2016.
In the last four years, the firm has enjoyed 13%, 15%, 20%, and 24% year-on-year growth. The company’s goal for the next two years is to achieve £20m turnover by 2020, a target that the family-run business is confident it’ll hit.
Floorbrite, which employs more than 1,400 people across the UK, including at a base in Leeds and Birmingham, has continued to build on its year-on-year growth by expanding its portfolio of clients and services into new and emerging areas of the market.
The firm, which is owned and operated by the Wyers family, continues to enjoy a 25-year relationship with CBRE as one of their most long standing clients, as well as having developed relationships with JD Sports, BooHoo, St John’s Ambulance, Urban Splash and new clients including Kier and Zenith Vehicle Hire.
Nik Wyers, Joint Managing Director at Floorbrite says: “We’ve always believed that if we’re going to do something, we have to do it well but more importantly – we’ve never been afraid to fail. The key to growing a business is to take calculated risks, which is exactly what we’ve done over the past seven years and thankfully the risks have paid off and we’re in a position to announce record turnover figures for 2017.
“We also truly believe that a business is only as good as the people you employ – we have a massive workforce of more than 1,400 staff around the country but we do everything we can to ensure that every single one of those people feels part of the Wyers family. Without them, our business wouldn’t be what it is today.”
Nik added: “Our plans for the next 12 months are to continue grow our portfolio and saturation across the UK – the facilities market is incredibly buoyant at the moment and we’re pleased to be able to offer clients, both new and old, a vast array of high quality services through our own channels and close team of partners.
“It’s definitely an exciting time for the business and we look forward to the opportunities ahead.”
Floorbrite has recently been awarded a Finalist place at The Golden Service Awards is London, where they will find out if they are winners in March, a Gold Achievement Award in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017, as well as an International Green World Award by the Green Organisation in recognition for being one of the world’s greenest companies.
The company was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers and is now owned and operated by Chairman Linda Wyers, Joint Managing Directors Alex Wyers and Nik Wyers and Marketing Director Nina Wyers.
To find out more visit www.Floorbrite.co.uk


 
becg joint sponsor of new BAME in Property group targeting increased sector diversity – Industry professionals call for ‘actions not words’

becg joint sponsor of new BAME in Property group targeting increased sector diversity – Industry professionals call for ‘actions not words’

becg, the UK’s largest specialist communications agency for the Built Environment, was proud to sponsor the launch of a new BAME in Property group focusing on increasing ethnic diversity across the sector.
becg supported and sponsored the launch event in conjunction with Osborne Richardson and K&L Gates. The event was held on March 22, 2018 at the Building Centre in London.
BAME in Property was founded by Priya Shah, account manager at becg in response to a perceived lack of progress in driving inclusivity in the Built Environment. The group brings together and encourages both BAME and non-BAME people to promote diversity by championing their own professional activity and achievements. In doing so, it aims to help break down barriers and attract new talent to the sector by making it more attainable for people from diverse backgrounds.
Commenting on the launch of BAME in Property at the event, becg managing director Andrew Howard said: “We are delighted to support and sponsor BAME in Property. We need a shared vision that is diverse and inclusive for our built environment as a sector, and for all those that work within it. And we can only deliver on that vision by supporting our current BAME talent and attracting future generations of fresh talent to join us.”
Speaking at the launch event, Priya talked of the importance of the Built Environment profession reflecting the many and varied communities that it serves: “If the role of planning is to deliver diverse and inclusive communities, it is ironic that the profession itself is not equally so. We should be reflecting the people that we serve to ensure that the decisions we make are appropriate to the needs of different people,” she commented.
Priya added: “I want to look at our industry and see someone from a BAME background in that higher position and think, if they can do it, so can I.”
Guest speaker at the launch was Homes England’s senior diversity manager Jerome Williams. He said: “The housing sector has not achieved BAME equality of representation. We need actions not words. If we all pull together, support each other and learn from each other, we will see a step change and create an ethnically diverse industry.”
Osborne Richardson’s CJ Obi, UK head – town planning and real estate, added: “Although as individuals we should be directly responsible for our own progression, there is no doubt that seeing people like yourself do well can inspire you and give you the confidence that you too can prosper within the sector.”


 
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