February 2017

Commercial Property London

Improving the capital’s infrastructure – through Crossrail 2, a new runway at Heathrow and East London river crossings – is key to the city’s future success and ability to compete, according to the latest CBI/CBRE London Business Survey.   Over eight in ten (84%) of London’s companies see Crossrail 2 as being central to the capital’s successful expansion. Meanwhile, a similar number of firms (80%) think sticking to the Government’s

Land Securities sell The Printworks - JLL DTZ

Land Securities today announces that it has completed the sale of The Printworks, Manchester to DTZ Investors for £108 million.   Redeveloped and reopened in 2000, The Printworks is the premier Manchester city centre leisure destination, covering 368,770 sq ft over four floors. The landmark site is anchored by the 20 screen Odeon cinema, which houses the only IMAX screen in Manchester.  In addition, there are 17 food and drink

CIPD Retirement age

Almost half of over 55s believe they will work past retirement age, but three quarters of employees don’t think employers are doing enough to support older workers   Older workers (55+) in the UK are bracing themselves to continue working until they are 70 years old, according to new research by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. In a survey of more than 1,600 UK employees,

Servest PPP Award

This week, Servest was announced as the winner of the SAFMA (South African Facilities Management Association) Public Private Partnership Facilities Management Award of the Year.   This accolade recognises Servest’s ability to exceed expectations, deliver measurable benefits and demonstrate a positive impact through the provision of an integrated facilities management service to the South African government’s Department of Statistics. More than 200 dedicated Servest employees offer a multifaceted FM solution

Amey Culham driverless cars

A consortium led by Amey to explore the public perceptions of driverless cars has published its findings, with plans now being made for the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire to become a major test site for the vehicles.   In 2016, Amey and partners RACE, Oxbotica, Siemens and Westbourne Communications embarked on a research project to explore what infrastructure experts and the public thought about autonomous vehicle technology. This was

Engie - Nationwide IoT network reaches 95% coverage

At UnaBiz’s inaugural UnaDay, ENGIE, Sigfox and UnaBiz today jointly announced that they have reached an important milestone in the deployment of the first Internet of Things (IoT) network in Singapore, achieving 95 percent outdoor coverage across the island.   This network, which is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will help improve energy efficiency, facility management and customer-centred solutions for businesses in the region with the capacity

ElecLink - Eurotunnel Interconnector

A major new project to install a one Gigawatt (1000 MW) Direct Current interconnector linking the electricity markets of Britain and France via the Channel Tunnel has just put down its foundations. The foundation stone of the Folkestone Converter Station was laid this morning by Jesse Norman, Minister for Industry and Energy.   ElecLink, for which the investment in the construction is estimated at approximately €580 million, is based on

Balfour Beatty BIM4 Highways

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, welcomed over 70 industry specialists to its head office in Canary Wharf, London, last week to launch the BIM4 Highways Group which will look to understand the benefits and challenges of implementing BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 in the Road and Highways sectors.  The launch saw discussion of the group’s mission, activities undertaken so far and goals for 2017 and beyond. It also

Nviron & Chichester College

Nviro teamed up with Chichester College earlier this month to support its ‘Respect the Environment’ week – a campaign to help improve litter at the college and raise awareness of landfill issues.   As a prestigious institution and ‘Outstanding College’ rated by Ofsted, Chichester College is justly proud of its reputation and beautiful campus located in the heart of Chichester. Following feedback from staff and student forums who were frustrated

SWG appoints Group CIO

Service Works Group (SWG) has announced the appointment of new board member, Richard Newell. Taking the role of Group Chief Information Officer, Richard will lead Service Works strategic plans to deliver product innovation and flexibility, ensuring that the company continues to meet the needs of its FM clients in a rapidly changing industry.   Leaving leading law firm Clifford Chance after almost 10 years, Richard was primarily responsible for leveraging