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FM Director triumphs at ‘Young Surveyor of the Year Awards’

A young Facilities Management (FM) surveyor and director from Manchester has won a national accolade for his outstanding achievements in the property industry after beating tough competition from over 75 surveyors from all over the UK at the annual RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.
James Ryan, Director at AA Projects in Manchester won the Asset & Facilities Management category accolade at the awards, which recognise and celebrate the most inspirational young surveying professionals – aged 35 and under in the UK – helping to shape and improve our local communities. The awards also recognise the influential future leaders of the surveying profession who have made a significant contribution to the built environment.
RICS judges recognised James’s tremendous career progress, having qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2008. With consistent positive feedback from clients for helping them to both increase the value of their operational assets and manage the risks associated with the operation of buildings over 30+ year periods, James has enabled AA Projects to become a respected and trusted advisor to some of the largest infrastructure funds and Facilities Management providers in Europe. In recognition of the contribution he has made to the business, James became the youngest director within the firm, by more than 10 years.
James’ commitment to inspiring the next generation and his peers was also commended by RICS judges; he is a frequent speaker at the University of Manchester and the University of Salford, where he highlights the range of surveying careers available to students, and the benefits of becoming a chartered surveyor.
The eight category awards* up for grabs on the night covered a variety of surveying sectors and disciplines including Project Management, Quantity Surveying & Construction and Valuation. James was one of only two winners from the North West. Rachel Kirk, Senior Associate at Fisher German LLP in Chester won the Land (Rural & Urban) category. The overall esteemed ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title went to Laura Collins, Associate at Rider Levett Bucknall in London.
Chair of the RICS UK Matrics Board and Head of the judging panel, Anna Keys of Calfordseaden LLP commented: “This year’s winners fill me with confidence that the future of the surveying profession is going to be in good hands, as we see these future leaders recognised for their outstanding achievements, innovation, and going above and beyond to help ensure our industry attracts and retains bright talent. Congratulations to James, and all our winners, and well done to their employers for supporting them in their journey. It’s often this valuable support and nurture that makes all the difference in an individual’s career progression.”


CIBSE: Delivering Performance

Some two thousand delegates packed into London’s Olympia this week for the second Build2Perform Live event to be staged by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Now established as the central event for all professionals involved in improving the performance of our built environment, the diverse programme reflected the range of expertise incorporated within CIBSE.
Digital design was a recurrent theme: awards were presented by the Society for Digital Engineering and the Building Simulation Group. The use of digital design featured in practical applications from using building controls to maximize the efficiency of building management to evaluating the impact of indoor air quality on cognitive performance.
Climate change was another underlying theme with the sessions focused on developing resilient cities and managing water resources reflecting the need to adapt to “new normal” weather patterns.
Decarbonisation is a logical partner to climate change discussion and thought-provoking sessions considered the development of carbon-free heat sources and buildings that generate their own energy. Some blue-sky thinking looked at the use of hydrogen as a fuel of the future – with this session reflecting on the potential for hydrogen to act as a seasonal energy storage resource.
Alongside future thinking and innovation came purely practical sessions discussing upskilling and competency, renovation of existing and historic buildings and the development of effective maintenance programmes.
The legislation update focused on current activity around the building regulations. It was confirmed that government will review the case for further controls on overheating in buildings as well as looking at Part L and the Grand Challenges of halving energy use in new buildings, increasing people’s ability to live independently at home and eliminating emissions from cars.
As the doors closed on these two vibrant and energizing days, CIBSE’s Rowan Crowley reflected on the importance of this type of event. “Despite the huge choice of communication technology, something quite different is produced when people actually get together.
“The buzz around the hall here is not only from the seminar sessions: just as important are the conversations that take place in the corridors and coffee bars, continuing to explore the themes, challenges and solutions presented by the experts who give their time to share their unique insights.”
For those unable to attend the event, many of the presentations given throughout the event will be available for download from the Build2Perform website.


Axis Security protects Southbank Place

A team of 24/7 security officers provided by Axis Security, a leading provider of bespoke security services, is helping to secure Southbank Place, a landmark 5.4acre commercial, residential, retail and leisure development in the heart of London.
Joint venture developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar are working together to revitalise the area with high-quality architecture and much improved public spaces.
The team of 16 officers, handpicked by Axis Security, are responsible for patrolling public spaces, including an underground network connecting buildings, as well performing loading bay vehicle checks and managing contractors’ access to buildings that are still undergoing fit out and works.
Jason Collett, Estates Manager Southbank Place Management, says it was looking for a five-star service expected from residents, commercial tenants and public:
“Our experience managing Canary Wharf and other central London developments has demonstrated the importance of a security team that is highly vigilant in respect of its high-profile location, and also able to deliver a premium customer service to tenants and visitors of this iconic tourist location.”
In a competitive tender, Axis was chosen on the basis of its previous experience of taking developments from the construction to operational phase, with Rathbone Square and St James Market as prominent examples:
“Opening a development on this scale is not without its challenges,” explains Jason. “Axis Security’s experience with projects of this type meant it had processes in place to mitigate these challenges.”
Jason adds that mobilisation went very well: “The officers have had a notable positive ‘can do’ attitude that is a credit to themselves and Axis Security management. The account manager is regularly on site providing an excellent service and ensuring a smooth delivery.”
Gary Stanton, Axis Group Commercial Director, says the contract requires a partnership approach:
“Canary Wharf Management is taking responsibility for the management and training of the officers, so it has been our role to understand their management structures and undertake a significant induction process to ensure all teams understand deliverables.
“We are extremely pleased to be supporting such a high-profile development and look forward to further supporting the Canary Wharf Group throughout the development’s opening.”
Canary Wharf Group is an established integrated property development, investment, and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space, high-quality retail, leisure and residential in central London.
Axis Security has been awarded the 2018 Security Guarding of the Year Award in the 2018 Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

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