January 2017

Commercial Property London

Despite some concern surrounding potential relocation of companies based in the UK, demand from overseas buyers was up notably across all areas of the market in Q4 2016. Demand increased for a second straight quarter with the growth in enquiries gaining momentum, as 21% more respondents saw a rise in demand in Q4 up from 9% more in Q3. Foreign investment also saw a rebound, with the weaker exchange rate

Bennett Hay Guest Awards

After two years of successful Guest First Awards, Bennett Hay hosted its third colleague party at the Tanner Warehouse near London Bridge last Friday evening.   Bennett Hay, named as one of the best places to work in hospitality by The Caterer, for the second time last year, believe people engagement is critical for the hospitality industry, which has traditionally had a high staff turnover rate. The company’s annual event

Athur McKay Scottish Court contract

Following a retendering exercise carried out under EU tendering procedures, Arthur McKay Ltd, the building support services company, has been awarded a 4 year contract with a 2 year option to extend. They are the incumbent FM provider and during the current contract, Arthur McKay has delivered significant cost and energy savings, together with improvements in service delivery. The contract includes electrical, mechanical, refrigeration and fabric planned and reactive maintenance, 24/7

Servest Pest Control Dundee

Global facilities management firm Servest has acquired Dundee based pest control specialist Pro-Check Environmental Services Northern Limited as it steps into the growing pest control market. Pro-Check offer pest control, cleaning, hygiene services and environmental solutions, and has been providing specialist services to local businesses and councils since 2000. Operating mainly throughout Scotland, Pro-Check offer Servest the chance to further grow its geographical coverage. The growing pest control market was

Compass Group Great Hospitality Show

Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services firm, is celebrating after a number of its talented chefs won a haul of medals at the Great Hospitality Show.   Thirty-five chefs from across the Compass business showcased their talent, bringing back 42 awards between them, having competed at the Salon Culinaire at the Great Hospitality Show, held at the Birmingham NEC, between 23 January and 25

HC Summit Construction

Industry leaders unite once again under the guidance of the Health in Construction Leadership Group   The Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) yesterday welcomed over 300 Construction leaders and influencers yesterday for a second summit to continue the discussion on reducing the burden of ill-health in the construction industry, one year on since the inaugural event. At the first summit held in January 2016, over 150 CEOs from across

BIFM waste and environmental guide

For FMs looking to reduce their organisation’s impact on the environment A newly revised Good Practice Guide exploring the key drivers and principles behind recycling and waste management best practice has been published by BIFM.   The Good Practice Guide to Recycling and Waste Management, sponsored by Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS), offers practical tips and considerations for FM professionals looking to improve their recycling and waste management strategy.  

FMVoice CBRE Retail Rates

UK prime commercial property rental values increased by 0.4% in the final quarter of 2016, the lowest quarterly growth in 2016, according to CBRE’s latest Prime Rent and Yield Monitor. Prime yields remained relatively stable across the main sectors in Q4. Prime rents grew by 3.7% over 2016 as a whole, down on growth in 2015 of 5.0%, with Q1 and Q2 making the most significant impact on the full


The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has licenced BRE Global as a certification body for the KEYMARK, a voluntary, independent, European certification mark for all heat pumps, combination heat pumps and hot water heaters. KEYMARK certification is based on independent testing and compliance with the requirements of the scheme’s rules. Manufacturers who submit their products must also comply with the EU’s Ecodesign regulation* for reducing environmental impacts through design. BRE

FMVoice London Bridge City Estates

Following a competitive tender process, Platinum Facilities Maintenance Services has been awarded a significant contract with London Bridge City (LBC). Encompassing eight buildings across two individual estates, covering an area of approximately 1.6 million sq. ft. of mixed commercial office space, Platinum will service all mechanical, electrical and fabric assets within the SE1 building portfolio.  The London Bridge City property portfolio sits between London Bridge and Tower Bridge and includes