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FMUK May - June 2019 Contents


Interserve Group Limited renews BBC deal

The international support services, construction and equipment services group has retained its contract with the BBC to provide security services across its UK estate.

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Smart start for smart buildings

The benefits of smart buildings are well recognised but organisations in the public and private sectors are under pressure to focus their capital on other investments. In this article Gary Thompson, Siemens Financial Services explores “Smart buildings as a Service”; solutions that harness the savings from reduced energy consumption and use the savings to fund the upgrades that make buildings “smart”.

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How FM Professionals Can Reduce Carbon Footprint

Choosing the right water treatment system has become more important than ever as organisations try to reduce their carbon footprint, reuse water more efficiently and comply with increasingly stringent environmental discharge legislation. Here, Mikael Khan, Director of Technology at wastewater treatment business Arvia Technology, discusses the challenges for facilities management professionals tasked with specifying a wastewater treatment system...

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The Changing Nature Of Office Design

Four years ago, the right to request flexible working became UK law. Since then, flexible working has become more prevalent, to the point that half of the UK workforce is predicted to work remotely by 2020. This year PWC introduced a ‘work when you want’ policy, giving new recruits the opportunity to choose their hours worked. This action was taken following a study the firm commissioned which found 46% of workers prioritise flexible working and a work-life balance when searching for a job.

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Making first impressions count

Expert in workplace design Prettpal Somel discusses the importance of creating an engaging and welcoming office reception area, to leave a positive first impression for employees and guests.

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Why Saving A Few Extra Pounds On Emergency Lighting Can Be Dangerous

When it comes to designing emergency lighting, there are many factors to consider. Peter Adams, Mackwell’s Central Service & Training Manager explains more.

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Entrance security should be about more than just letting people in

Entrance security solutions in facilities management has typically been more about managing people traffic than mitigating security risks. Stewart Liberatore, projects director at security consultants RWS Ltd, explains why we should be thinking about potential threats now so the appropriate solutions can be implemented.

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Is Funding Harming Public Safety and Security?

When restricted by budget, safety and security standards can waver. Karen Trigg, business development manager at Allegion UK, discusses how to overcome financial challenges, and why large budgets shouldn’t legitimise complacency.

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