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New Director appointed at Robinsons Facilities Services

New Director appointed at Robinsons Facilities Services

Leading facilities management and compliance company, Robinsons Facilities Services, has appointed a new director to head up the firm.
Katie Challis, who previously acted as Service Manager at the company, has been promoted to director following a period of recent change.
Robinsons Facilities Services offers a full range of hard FM services to commercial customers throughout Yorkshire including boiler, plumbing, air conditioning, electrical maintenance and repair services as well as many other specialist services provided by its long-established subcontractor partnerships. The company has enjoyed 20% year on year growth since 2013 and is now four times the size it was then, managing maintenance contracts for over 500 sites in Yorkshire and employing 18 staff from its head office in Bishop Thornton, Harrogate.
Katie joined Robinsons Facilities Services soon after completing her degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since joining the business in a customer service role, Katie has progressed to take on more senior positions and has held the Service Manager position for the last two years.
Her track record of providing exemplary client care skills has ensured she has become a key member of senior staff at the firm and now manages a large number of customer maintenance contracts ensuring firms are compliant with the latest mechanical and electrical safety standards.
Katie’s new Director role will see her continue her focus on business development, engaging with both current and new customers, with a continuous aim of driving the business forward and overseeing the day to day operations of both the business and the staff.
Managing Director Luke Kitchen commented: “Katie is a fantastic, hardworking individual who consistently strives for customer satisfaction. She has shown herself to be highly skilled in the field of commercial facilities management and compliance and we are exceptionally proud to appoint her as a director of the firm at what is an extremely exciting time for the business.”
It is estimated that women hold less than 25% of board positions in the UK, and far less than this in male-dominated industries such as compliance and engineering. Robinsons Facilities Services are keen to recognise Katie’s hard work which has resulted in a promotion to Director.
Luke Kitchen will remain in his role as Managing Director but will not be involved in the day to day operation of the business, instead taking a more strategic and advisory role to support Katie and her team as he works on the firm’s five-year business plan.


 
State-Of-The-Art Aseptic Manufacturing Facility Wins At The Constructing Excellence North East Awards

State-Of-The-Art Aseptic Manufacturing Facility Wins At The Constructing Excellence North East Awards

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, is celebrating the success of one of its major pharmaceutical projects, the GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility, at the 2018 Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) Awards. GSK won the Client of the Year category for the project, which was also a finalist in both the Offsite Project and Safety & Wellbeing categories.
The new-build project at Barnard Castle will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the aseptic filling of vials and syringes, and handling of cold chain products, securing the future of aseptic liquid filling operations at the site. BakerHicks completed the scheme design phase and is the lead designer for the delivery phase, working alongside the GSK Engineering team, SES Engineering Services, Star Refrigeration, Turner & Townsend, Daldrop and McLaughlin & Harvey.
A central element to the success of this large and complex project is GSK’s integrated project delivery (IPD) approach. This has seen a high degree of collaboration between everyone involved in delivering the project, leading to efficiencies and minimising risk. As part of this approach, BakerHicks is continuing to provide support and technical advice throughout construction stage with a dedicated lead designer and Building Information Modelling (BIM) manager based on site. This allows the company to use its experience and knowledge of designing facilities of this type to support and challenge the other IPD partners on the project to achieve the best solution.
BIM is being used to coordinate the project as well as providing digital asset management, supporting GSK’s IPD philosophy. BakerHicks manages one central, fully coordinated model which integrates models from various separate design packages and specialist equipment providers to inform the construction of the facility. This not only ensures the integration of the multi-disciplinary design but also allows the team to quickly and proactively detect and resolve any clashes and respond to any on-site questions on construction and installation.
Tom Dickinson, head of project management at BakerHicks says: “GSK is a highly innovative client who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries to drive better project delivery and this is a fantastic example of what that approach can achieve. For instance, the level of BIM integration on a project of this type is unprecedented. Making full use of this technology in this way allows for the coordination of the team and design across what is a large scale and highly complex project. It’s this industry leading approach to the project which makes GSK thoroughly deserving of the CENE Client of the Year award.”
BakerHicks have provided multi-disciplinary scheme and detailed design and management services for the aseptic manufacturing facility.


 
Rhodar Rebrands To Bring ‘One-Stop’ Solution To Market As A Major Force In Specialist Enabling Works

Rhodar Rebrands To Bring ‘One-Stop’ Solution To Market As A Major Force In Specialist Enabling Works

K’s leading asbestos removal company brings demolition and land remediation services into core business
Rhodar, one of the UK’s leading asbestos removal companies, has launched its new brand, formally showcasing its ability to provide an end-to-end specialist enabling works solution for the construction industry.
Founded in 1976, Rhodar launches its new brand after growing to become one of the UK’s largest asbestos removal providers.
Now offering demolition and land remediation to complement its established asbestos removal services, Rhodar is able to provide a totally integrated works package for its clients.
Turnover this year is projected to be £48 million, with a growing workforce of over 500 professionals operating from 12 strategically located facilities across the UK.
Rhodar’s client base includes NHS trusts, transport infrastructure providers, schools, universities, housing, nuclear, MoD and the wider construction industry.
This strategic move began with the process of integrating demolition specialist Bagnall UK into Rhodar in late 2016, having worked hand-in-hand on projects for over 10 years within the Lexia Solutions Group. The evolution of the business continued last year with the establishment of a new remediation division with global expertise, unlocking further growth potential.
Jason Davy, managing director, Rhodar, commented: “Rhodar is a team of innovators and we are always looking to challenge standard practice to find new and efficient ways of delivering projects. Each of our three service disciplines has a strong reputation and track record in their specialist field.
We’re proud to deliver an unrivalled and sustainable customer journey and are very excited to be formalising and amalgamating our expertise under the new Rhodar brand, continuing our evolution to deliver effective solutions for our customers.”
Rhodar was recently recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Construction News Specialist Contractor Awards and was named winner in the 2018 UKRIA (UK Rail Industry Awards) in the ‘Outstanding Projects’ (under £3million) category for their innovative, unique project for Great Western Railways (GWR).
As part of the brand roll-out, which is expected to take a number of months to complete, Rhodar has produced a new video to showcase its expanded capabilities.


 
Polygon Achieves Green Company Status in Achilles Accreditation

Polygon Achieves Green Company Status in Achilles Accreditation

Polygon UK, the global expert in property damage control and temporary climate solutions, has announced its eighth consecutive year of achieving Achilles accreditation: in 2018 achieving 100% scores and a new Green Company status. With approximately 87,000 companies registered by Achilles, only 0.003 percent achieve Green Status, which is the highest level awarded.
Achilles is a supply chain audit standard focused on providing insight on risk mitigation, sustainability and business performance and is relied on by safety critical industries and governments worldwide. Polygon achieved an outstanding 100% score after rigorous audit, across all four key sectors: corporate social responsibility (CSR); health and safety; environmental and quality.
“We are delighted to have achieved this remarkable score and to have been recognised as a Green Company. This achievement demonstrates the culture within our business of continuous improvement and acknowledges the importance with which we view our responsibilities, including our duty of care to serve customers safely, economically and to the highest environmental standards,” says Pat Neal, HR Director of Polygon UK.
The award gives Polygon UK increased opportunities to collaborate with specialist businesses around the country.


 
Nortech’s MRC350 Helps Gunnebo Improve Visitor Experience At The Shard

Nortech’s MRC350 Helps Gunnebo Improve Visitor Experience At The Shard

Access control system specialists Nortech have recently worked with The Gunnebo Security Group to install its MRC350 motorised card capture readers at the Shard in London.
Standing at 87 storeys high, the architecturally distinctive Shard building with its crystalline facade houses a mixture of high end office spaces, restaurants, apartments, a five-star hotel and a public viewing platform. The challenge for Nortech and Gunnebo was to secure the entrance with a system that had a modern and elegant design to complement the building while being 100% effective at preventing unauthorised access.
Gunnebo was able to provide a combination of slimmed-down high speed gates and half-height turnstiles controlled with Nortech’s MRC350, a motorised card capture reader that is designed for use at entrances and exits. Compatible with Gunnebo access control systems and turnstiles, the MRC350 units enable high speed flow of staff and visitors.    
The sleek and stylish nature of Gunnebo’s SpeedStile FL range was a great fit with the synergy and beauty of the Shard building. This was a key deciding factor on the SpeedStile FL products being chosen for this project.
Simon Preston, Marketing Manager at Gunnebo UK commented, “The integration allowed us to provide the Shard with a stylish, efficient and secure access control solution, which eliminated bottlenecks whilst maintaining the flow of visitors and staff. We are very pleased with the result.”
The Nortech MRC350 is designed to be cost-saving because of the infrequent need to replace unreturned cards. It avoids the need for dedicated visitor turnstiles or gates and the intelligent ‘Capture or Return’ mechanism enables the same reader to be used for both staff and visitors. The MRC350 can be used to read any ISO proximity or smart cards, using integrated third party readers so that bottlenecks at entry and exit points are avoided.
As a front-end device, the Nortech MRC350 card capture reader can replace any standard proximity or smart card reader and provide the added capability of capturing cards under instruction from an access control unit. It can be integrated into roadside pedestals, turnstiles or any appropriate housing as an OEM card reader for access control applications. The card data is read by an attached reader and passed onto an access control unit. The access control unit then makes a decision based on this data and signals back to the card capture unit to either capture or return the card, and to indicate whether or not the card has been accepted. The MRC350 card capture reader can use third party readers to support any card format, making it ideal for integration into existing systems.
Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.


 
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