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Is it time for a more proactive approach to Health & Safety?

To be by-lined to Richard Brookes, Group Head of Health and Safety, South Staffordshire Plc… When we use the words Health and Safety, our first thoughts usually aren’t that; real work is messy, events have multiple causes, you should trust your experts or, you should be focusing where nothing has

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Bureau Veritas reminds facilities managers to prepare now for ESOS deadline

Bureau Veritas reminds facilities managers to prepare now for ESOS deadline

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) assesses all energy used by buildings, processes and transport. With an unrivalled knowledge of a firm’s operations, facilities managers are often responsible for taking the lead on ESOS submissions and ensuring the assessment process is followed correctly according to Bureau Veritas, a world leader

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The tech takeover: How asset maintenance is changing in 2023

The tech takeover: How asset maintenance is changing in 2023

Digital transformation continues to open new doors for streamlining processes, innovating faster and improving the customer experience. And, it’s influencing how companies run their asset and facility maintenance operations.  Digitising maintenance through computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) and computer-aided facilities management (CAFM) solutions positively impacts the maintenance workforce. Companies are

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RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK, a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, has announced the acquisition of Richard Irvin FM, a technical facilities management and energy solutions company. With a network of offices across Scotland and the north of England, Richard Irvin FM has a team of 230, including engineers, operations staff, project managers and compliance specialists, and an annual turnover in excess of £25 million. Its clients

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RENDALL & RITTNER PROMOTES NEW DIVISIONAL DIRECTOR

Rendall & Rittner promotes new divisional director

Leading property management agent Rendall & Rittner has recently promoted Martin Hellenas to Divisional Director of one of its London divisions. Most recently, Martin has worked as an Area Director at Rendall & Rittner, with a portfolio of developments across London. In his new role, Martin will focus on the

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Sodexo wins contract to support The Insolvency Services’ Transforming Workplaces Project

Sodexo wins contract to support The Insolvency Services’ Transforming Workplaces Project

Sodexo has been awarded a three-year contract with The Insolvency Service to provide strategic programme and advisory services to support the organisation’s ‘Transforming Workplaces Project’.  Partnering with Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), global construction and property consultancy, Sodexo’s Property Professional Services business and RLB will support The Insolvency Service to rationalise

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Sovini Property Services appointed onto Torus' new £1.2 billion Repairs and Maintenance Framework

Sovini Property Services appointed onto Torus’ new £1.2 billion Repairs and Maintenance Framework

Specialist repairs and maintenance provider, Sovini Property Services, are delighted to have been appointed onto Torus‘ biggest framework to date. Leading North-West housing Group, Torus, recently launched its new framework which will see trusted contractors Sovini Property Services work in conjunction with HMS to manage and maintain 40,000 homes. Following

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Award-winning asbestos removal company successfully renew HSE licence following an ‘outstanding’ application

Award-winning asbestos removal company successfully renew HSE licence following an ‘outstanding’ application

Amianto Services, a UK leading asbestos abatement firm, has successfully renewed their three-year asbestos licence with the regulatory board, Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Since their inception, Amianto Services have worked on large and complex projects across both the public and private sectors; from NHS trusts and higher education providers

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

Trades : Property and Facilities Management News

Is it time for a more proactive approach to Health & Safety?

To be by-lined to Richard Brookes, Group Head of Health and Safety, South Staffordshire Plc… When we use the words Health and Safety, our first thoughts usually aren’t that; real work is messy, events have multiple causes, you should trust your experts or, you should be focusing where nothing has gone wrong. The traditional and most common way to manage safety is to investigate after something has gone wrong, to identify the single root cause and, typically, put a person fix or new admin control in place to prevent the same thing happening again. We’ve become very fixated on this approach, and have perhaps, started to run the risk of over simplifying how we manage risk improvement. As the world, work, systems and technology become ever more complex, we become more reliant on subject matter experts to help us manage our facilities and the equipment we depend on. As supply chains and contractual relationships become wider and deeper, we should ask ourselves some questions: Waiting for the bad outcome or assuming high risk tasks are well managed can no longer be good enough as work becomes more complicated. A relatively recent development in safety management uses a Human and Organisational Performance viewpoint (or HOP). HOP takes a systems and person approach to work as a means to understand the conditions in which people are set to and work in. It emerged from the US Department of Energy and has been shared by safety thought leaders such as Todd Conklin. HOP has five guiding principles; error is normal; blame fixes nothing; systems and conditions drive behaviour; leadership response to failure matters; and learning is deliberate. Taking the guiding principle of ‘learning is deliberate’, one of the changes that organisations can undertake is to implement ‘Learning Teams’ to adopt a HOP approach to safety. What are Learning Teams? They are a proactive way to understand how normal work gets delivered successfully. When we say successfully, we mean in the absence of anything going wrong, or anyone being hurt. It’s the inverse approach to traditional safety. Don’t wait – you investigate when nothing happens. That might sound strange, but things going wrong are an ever-shrinking data pool. You can conduct a learning team on anything, but a great place to start is with highest risk tasks; anything that has the capacity to kill or have life altering consequences. Who should be involved? The most important people to be involved are those who actually do the work. They know the job best and understand the changes and adaptations they make every day to get things done. This is one of the biggest benefits; deeper insight into work as it’s actually done, not as it’s imagined in the written process. You can start to understand how workers make decisions and how systems and procedures can alter overtime. If we are only interested after something’s gone wrong, it’s all too easy to see this gap. How often do we investigate what’s happened, after the bad outcome, to conclude that workers didn’t follow the process? That’s because processes often change slowly overtime, as work exists in the real, complex world and constantly changes to meet the demands of various trade-offs. Having a coach, or facilitator is also essential; someone who can get people talking and make it ok to share. Creating a psychological safe environment is essential to learning. The benefits of learning teams Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Bureau Veritas reminds facilities managers to prepare now for ESOS deadline

Bureau Veritas reminds facilities managers to prepare now for ESOS deadline

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) assesses all energy used by buildings, processes and transport. With an unrivalled knowledge of a firm’s operations, facilities managers are often responsible for taking the lead on ESOS submissions and ensuring the assessment process is followed correctly according to Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out assessments every four years and for this latest phase, should submit its compliance notification to the Environment Agency (the scheme’s administrator in England) by 5 December 2023. These include audits on the energy used by a business’ buildings, industrial processes, and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. Last year, the Government released the outcomes of its ESOS consultation, aimed at raising the ambition and standard of ESOS reporting, to make it a greater driver for energy efficiency action and align it with UK decarbonisation goals. Key introductions include a reduction in the amount of energy that can be excluded from the assessment – known as the Total Energy Consumption (TEC) – from 10% to 5%, meaning 95% of total energy used across buildings, processes and transport must now be assessed, leaving a much tighter margin when it comes to data collection. There are also new compulsory action plans, which participants must set following the phase three compliance deadline and report progress annually as part of its Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework; however, meeting these targets won’t become mandatory until phase four. ESOS has also introduced an energy intensity metric whereby a business will need to detail kWh/m2 for buildings, kWh/unit output for industry and kWh/miles travelled for transport. Whilst businesses still have nine months to comply with the latest changes, Bureau Veritas is on-hand to support facilities managers to file their submission sooner rather than later. Every business that must complete an ESOS assessment has the same deadline, which results in resource scarcity as the deadline approaches, therefore achieving compliance sooner could be more cost-effective and offer more choice when it comes to appointing a lead assessor – driving additional benefits for the business. David Murray, Business Unit Manager – Sustainability at Bureau Veritas, comments: “Whilst ESOS reporting must only be carried out every four years, it’s vital that businesses get ahead of the curve to ensure any required audits are completed and submitted ahead of the strict 5 December 2023 deadline. Penalties for non-compliance can be up to £50,000 fines plus £500 per day, so as well as the opportunities to reduce energy usage and better a business’ carbon footprint, there are clear financial gains to be had from early compliance. “Facilities managers form a key part of the ESOS process, given they have vast knowledge of a businesses’ operations, including buildings, processes and transport, and a solid over-arching view of the company’s corporate structure – an imperative aspect of filing an ESOS submission. “Phase three has introduced a number of key changes, most notably the tighter scope on energy reporting, new metrics and the requirement for an energy efficiency action plan to be drawn up. It’s important for facilities managers involved in this process to ensure they understand the full scope of the new strengthened requirements, engage a lead assessor early on, and have a understanding of the data collection requirements.” Bureau Veritas is also urging facilities managers who may not have previously had to report to get ahead for their first assessment. Companies which qualify for the mandatory assessment under ESOS include those which employ 250 or more people, have an annual turnover in excess of £44 million and an annual balance sheet total in excess of £38 million. David continues: “The ESOS qualification criteria are complex and many organisations will need to take significant steps in order to comply with all requirements. Furthermore, businesses which may not have had to report under phase two of ESOS but have since met the criteria to comply with the reporting scheme this time around, may be in the dark when it comes to what they need to do first, and the business drivers to push forward with the process. “There are clear benefits to ESOS, other than compliance – although this is the main driver for many. Firms that have a clear vision when it comes to sustainability and sustainable policy are able to have an increased awareness of energy issues within their business, save money when ESOS recommendations are implemented, support the business’ net zero transition, and improve their corporate sustainability reporting. “As an independent third-party with experience helping many clients comply with the ESOS regulation in the UK, we’re able to support businesses with UK and European operations to take action towards compliance. Our global network of energy experts offers a wealth of knowledge to help your company achieve compliance in a cost-effective manner. In many cases, going beyond compliance can also maximise the business benefits that can be gained from reducing and optimising energy consumption.” With vast experience and technical expertise in energy assessment and verification, Bureau Veritas is uniquely placed to help organisations achieve compliance with the ESOS regulations and take advantage of energy savings opportunities. With qualified Lead Energy Assessors available to guide the process, Bureau Veritas can support businesses through every step of its energy efficiency journey, starting with full ESOS compliance. To further support businesses in meeting phase three of ESOS regulations, Bureau Veritas has released a brand new downloadable guide, to help navigate the process. For further information on ESOS and how Bureau Veritas can support your business on its energy efficiency journey, get a free quote. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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The tech takeover: How asset maintenance is changing in 2023

The tech takeover: How asset maintenance is changing in 2023

Digital transformation continues to open new doors for streamlining processes, innovating faster and improving the customer experience. And, it’s influencing how companies run their asset and facility maintenance operations.  Digitising maintenance through computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) and computer-aided facilities management (CAFM) solutions positively impacts the maintenance workforce. Companies are managing key assets differently to improve their operational and production effectiveness, and it’s delivering significant benefits to their bottom line.  The digital transformation of maintenance using CMMS and CAFM technology is also helping companies to tackle some of their biggest business challenges in 2023. Let’s take a closer look at how they’re doing this…  Driving efficiency in a difficult economic climate Most organisations are battling tough trading conditions. Economic instability, rising operational costs and increased material prices have affected profitability. UK companies have already reported higher goods and services costs, according to ONS research. And the British Chambers of Commerce estimates that three in four firms are likely to put up their prices in 2022 to 2023. In this climate, organisations are looking for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency. And this improvement drive is pressurising maintenance teams to optimise asset performance and availability. Replacing equipment comes at a cost, which most businesses would prefer to defer until more predictable times. Maintenance teams are being told to prolong the lifespan of existing assets, which means ensuring those assets and their infrastructure are entirely reliable. This is where CMMS software plays a critical role. If an asset breaks down, it could have a cascading effect on the entire operation. Planning when to regularly check and/or maintain a piece of equipment will prolong its lifespan, as maintenance teams can spot issues before they occur. Monthly checks, quarterly maintenance and annual overhauls are reducing failures, increasing machine efficiency, improving productivity, and enhancing the effectiveness of maintenance teams.  Of course, managing these programmes is complex work. As a result, forward-thinking companies have moved away from using a calendar or spreadsheet to plan preventative maintenance schedules. Instead, they use digital CMMS platforms like ShireSystem to manage their maintenance teams and regularly check assets.  Using automation to address labour shortages  Finding skilled people is a major challenge for many companies right now. Make UK (The Manufacturers’ Organisation) estimates that lost productivity due to staff shortages cost British companies more than £7 billion in 2022. In the USA, meanwhile, industry bodies predict 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled by 2030.   With talented people in short supply, many companies are automating processes to drive production with a reduced headcount. McKinsey research has found that 85% of companies have embarked on digital transformation to increase their operational efficiency. But more machinery increases the workload of maintenance teams. In light of a greater digital investment, operational leaders are looking for ways to better monitor and manage under-prioritised areas such as asset maintenance. Industry leaders are now using CMMS systems with business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI to combine data from their maintenance systems with information from other production systems. This integrated approach allows them to monitor the effectiveness of production lines. CMMS software is also giving maintenance teams greater insight into their workforce, monitoring the effectiveness of shift teams week by week. Gathering this type of data will allow companies to further reduce skills and efficiency gaps, and ensure they are retaining the right employee levels in their maintenance operations.   Improving sustainability using digital maintenance software  While profitability is a priority in the current fluctuating market, it’s not the only target. Many companies are also focused on reducing their environmental footprint. 81% of consumers would prefer to buy from a sustainable brand, so focusing on green credentials makes good business sense. And maintenance plays an important role in helping firms to lower their carbon footprint.  Slicker asset and facility maintenance enables companies to identify inefficiencies and other technical issues quicker. CMMS software solutions can empower maintenance teams to:  Implementing CMMS software as part of an overall digital transformation strategy also helps to bring IT and OT closer together. Well-integrated solutions improve data visibility, which enhances sustainable decision-making. It’s an example of how applying technology to business goals delivers a better result.  The merging of IT and OT  We’ve touched on the close relationship between operational technology and information technology for data collection and analytics. But there are other ways IT can help companies improve asset maintenance. For example, the transfer of data and controls between a CMMS system and an ERP system helps businesses to manage stock and purchasing processes without manual intervention or double keying entries.  CMMS software can use data from other digital assets to operate more efficiently, too. Many ShireSystem users tell us that close-coupling IT and OT systems using API technologies improves metrics and process automation.   By establishing such connectivity, maintenance becomes a value-driving area rather than a cost centre. Operational teams can demonstrate and report on how CMMS software boosts efficiency, streamlines processes and reduces waste. Improve your asset maintenance with ShireSystem Market conditions and company goals have turned asset maintenance into much more than a routine process. Today, companies can digitally transform their operations to influence how well they run and grow their profits. And operational teams can now be accountable to upper management, shareholders and customers.  Even well-established organisations with well-established plans are taking a fresh look at asset maintenance in 2023. Modern systems and processes can help them overcome economic pressures and future-proof their business. Even within our own customer base, a higher number of people are investing in ShireSystem to improve their asset maintenance.  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK Group acquires technical facilities management company Richard Irvin FM

RSK, a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, has announced the acquisition of Richard Irvin FM, a technical facilities management and energy solutions company. With a network of offices across Scotland and the north of England, Richard Irvin FM has a team of 230, including engineers, operations staff, project managers and compliance specialists, and an annual turnover in excess of £25 million. Its clients include Total, BP, National Libraries of Scotland, the Scottish veterans charity Erskine and the councils of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian, Highland, Falkirk, Dundee, Moray and Angus, along with commercial landlords, housing associations, managing agents, national facilities management businesses, hotel chains and leisure establishments. Its energy services include building energy management systems, heat pumps and solar and renewable solutions. The business maintains, repairs and improves more than 62,000 UK commercial and domestic properties with a full scope of services, which include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, lighting, detection, renewable systems, fabric and specialist services, often delivered as complete facilities management packages. Recent projects have included a specialist services installation within a hydrogen bus fuelling depot in Aberdeen, full building and services refurbishment of a nursery in Midlothian, heating plant upgrade at a leisure complex in Aberdeenshire, large-scale heating burner upgrade for a Lothian university, a number of mechanical and electrical upgrades at Ministry of Defence sites across Scotland and roofing upgrade works for an oil sector customer in Great Yarmouth. Chief Executive Officer Mark Buchan, who will continue to lead the business, said: “We are delighted with the acquisition, and we strongly believe that joining RSK will help us move forward as a company, building and strengthening our reputation even further. Over the last four years, we have already built the Richard Irvin FM brand into a company with an enviable reputation, which RSK can help us to develop further. Working with the RSK Group will support our growth plans into England and, with its broad group of companies, will provide us with the scope to offer our current and target customer base an enhanced range of services.” RSK Chief Executive Officer Alan Ryder said: “Richard Irvin FM brings a wealth of technical facilities management and energy expertise to RSK, with an emphasis on safety and compliance and sophisticated software solutions to offer its clients 24/7 asset management and peace of mind. We’re looking forward to welcoming them to the group and sharing this expertise with our colleagues and clients.” As RSK continues to deliver its ambitious growth strategy, it now comprises more than 175 companies with 11,000 people. The group’s annual turnover at the end of FY22 was £796 million. The acquisition adviser was Satvir Bungar of BDO. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Sodexo secures new £16.5 million 5-year contract at TriRx Pharmaceutical Services

Sodexo secures new £16.5 million 5-year contract at TriRx Pharmaceutical Services

Sodexo has secured a new £3.3 million a year, five year extension to its catering and FM services contract with TriRx Pharmaceuticals Services in Speke, Liverpool. Sodexo has been the catering and FM partner at the Speke site since 2012, the facility was acquired by TriRx Pharmaceuticals in February 2022. Sodexo demonstrated its expertise and capability to support TriRx in the provision of a workplace which supports the productivity and wellbeing of its 350 plus colleagues and contractors based at the facility which manufactures animal and human health products. The new contract, which starts on 1 January 2023, will see Sodexo’s 50 plus colleagues deliver an ecosystem of services to optimise the workspace for TriRx colleagues. Services include catering, security, cleaning, laundry, workwear, stationery, mail, grounds maintenance, waste as well as general GMP cleaning of production and laboratory facilities. To elevate TriRx’s employee experience and wellbeing, a newly remodelled restaurant is being introduced, including space to facilitate meeting and social connections. In addition, Sodexo’s Everyday digital app has recently been introduced, enabling TriRx colleagues to order in advance at the touch of a button for grab ‘n’ go options or to eat-in at the facilities staff restaurant. Julie Ennis, CEO Corporate Services, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “The Sodexo team at TriRx has gone over and above to understand what is important to the new owners of the Speke facility. We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract and to modernising the food offer. We know how important workplace food is to attracting talent to organisations and having a high quality, flexible food offer will enable TriRx colleagues to feel valued and collaborate more which ultimately helps sustain productivity.” Sodexo’s corporate services business delivers workplace services, facilities management and food services to some of the world’s most recognisable brands. Its teams have expertise operating across a range of different environments in the corporate sector, including headquarters, regional offices, data centres, manufacturing centres and research and development hubs, in sectors as diverse as professional services, financial services, pharmaceuticals, media and technology. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Seddon Waypoint launched as a joint venture partnership between Seddon & Waypoint

Seddon Waypoint launched as a joint venture partnership between Seddon & Waypoint

Seddon and Waypoint have joined forces to create a joint venture partnership, Seddon Waypoint. The new business will combine construction and delivery expertise with institutional-grade asset management and advice within the residential property sector in the UK and will focus on energy transition. Peter Jackson, managing director of Seddon, said: “The joint venture partnership brings together two established and successful companies with new ideas and a new approach to dealing with the issues and challenges faced by property owners, investors and occupiers.” Waypoint joint managing director, Mike Riley, added: “The UK’s target of reaching net-zero, combined with the spiralling costs of living and the current energy crisis, means that it is essential that the property sector as a whole address the question of energy efficiency. Making new buildings energy-efficient is not enough, and it is vital that the thorny issue of retrofitting existing property assets is also tackled. “Seddon Waypoint brings together the combined experience of two market leaders, with fresh ideas on dealing with these challenges.” Between them, Seddon and Waypoint have a combined turnover of over £164 million, and a balance sheet of over £40 million. The two companies have over 500 staff and manage over £1.2 billion of capital across six investment funds. With an extensive experience in planning, design and construction delivery, Seddon Waypoint will focus on assisting clients to transition towards low-carbon and renewable sources of energy in both, the residential and commercial sectors. The joint-venture partnership will also advise on the environmental and investment benefits of building improvements and renewable technology solutions. Seddon Waypoint will also provide clients and partners with strategic advice regarding property development and investment. In addition, working in conjunction with Waypoint’s debt advisory team, the joint venture partnership will work with clients to provide solutions to residential construction projects which have run into financial difficulties. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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RENDALL & RITTNER PROMOTES NEW DIVISIONAL DIRECTOR

Rendall & Rittner promotes new divisional director

Leading property management agent Rendall & Rittner has recently promoted Martin Hellenas to Divisional Director of one of its London divisions. Most recently, Martin has worked as an Area Director at Rendall & Rittner, with a portfolio of developments across London. In his new role, Martin will focus on the strategic management of the division. As a Divisional Director, he will continue to develop relationships with leaseholders and residents, whilst working alongside internal departments. With plans to hire a new Area Director, Martin will work collaboratively to continue to build upon Rendall & Rittner’s success and to further develop the company’s portfolio. After joining the Erinaceous Group (later part of RMG) as a Property Manager in 2008, Martin has worked his way up in the industry. Following 6 years and a promotion to Senior Property Manager, he took on a new role at Premier Estates as it set up its London office, where he worked as an Associate Director. Since joining Rendall & Rittner in 2019, Martin has been an Area Director supporting a portfolio of London developments for clients, residents and leaseholders. Martin comments: “I joined Rendall & Rittner having previously met Matt Rittner and Richard Daver at networking events. Since joining, I have had the opportunity to develop myself and to work with amazing people. The senior management team at Rendall & Rittner is incredible and I am able to learn new things from them. The company culture here makes Rendall & Rittner a great place to work and I am excited to see where the company goes next.” Richard Daver, Group CEO at Rendall & Rittner said: “Since joining Rendall & Rittner, Martin has proven his commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and has gone above and beyond to resolve issues. Martin’s promotion to Divisional Director reflects this and I look forward to seeing how he continues to support our London portfolio in this new role.” For further information please visit: www.rendallandrittner.co.uk Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Sodexo wins contract to support The Insolvency Services’ Transforming Workplaces Project

Sodexo wins contract to support The Insolvency Services’ Transforming Workplaces Project

Sodexo has been awarded a three-year contract with The Insolvency Service to provide strategic programme and advisory services to support the organisation’s ‘Transforming Workplaces Project’.  Partnering with Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), global construction and property consultancy, Sodexo’s Property Professional Services business and RLB will support The Insolvency Service to rationalise and transform its existing estate and help deliver the five-year programme of major and minor fitouts, building closures and disposals. Together they will deliver a range of services including: Dan Weiss, managing director of Sodexo’s Property Professional Services said: “We are delighted to be appointed as a strategic partner to The Insolvency Service to help rationalise and transform their estate. We look forward to working together with The Insolvency Service and RLB to bring to life their vision which is aligned to the Government Property Strategy for a smaller, better and greener estate.” Sodexo’s services have been procured via the Crown Commercial Service Estate Management Framework (RM 6168) where Sodexo is a supplier on three lots: Lot 1 – Total Estate Management Lot 4 – Surveying and Strategic Advice Lot 7 – Integrator The framework has recently been extended by a year expiring in July 2025. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Sovini Property Services appointed onto Torus' new £1.2 billion Repairs and Maintenance Framework

Sovini Property Services appointed onto Torus’ new £1.2 billion Repairs and Maintenance Framework

Specialist repairs and maintenance provider, Sovini Property Services, are delighted to have been appointed onto Torus‘ biggest framework to date. Leading North-West housing Group, Torus, recently launched its new framework which will see trusted contractors Sovini Property Services work in conjunction with HMS to manage and maintain 40,000 homes. Following the successful completion of a robust and transparent procurement exercise, award-winning maintenance firm Sovini Property Services were appointed as a key contractor. The new framework encompasses several workstreams, including Responsive and Void repairs, Cyclical Maintenance, Estate Services and Facilities Management, and will support the Group in responding quickly and appropriately to the needs of its tenants and providing reassurance that all services delivered are of a high standard. Utilising a framework approach, Sovini Property Services will enable Torus to become more agile in how they deliver repairs and maintenance services. Available to other Registered Providers, the framework will help guarantee quality, value for money and ultimately more investment by Torus in its portfolio of properties and communities. Mike Dale, Head of Services and Growth at Sovini Property Services, commented “We’re delighted to be appointed onto the framework, working in collaboration with Torus who share similar values. We recognise the value our partnership is set to bring, supporting Torus’ vision to enable the development of economically vibrant communities and independent lives.” Discussing the launch of its Repairs and Maintenance Framework, Torus Chief Operating Officer, Cath Murray-Howard said “I’m delighted to be working with Sovini Property Services and HMS to provide a long-term, sustained service to our customers. Each proposal highlighted both organisations commitment to their customers, communities and a job well done, which aligned wholly with how Torus operates, and I am looking forward to seeing both organisations bring our values directly into our customers’ homes.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Award-winning asbestos removal company successfully renew HSE licence following an ‘outstanding’ application

Award-winning asbestos removal company successfully renew HSE licence following an ‘outstanding’ application

Amianto Services, a UK leading asbestos abatement firm, has successfully renewed their three-year asbestos licence with the regulatory board, Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Since their inception, Amianto Services have worked on large and complex projects across both the public and private sectors; from NHS trusts and higher education providers to the housing sector and established commercial businesses. As proud partners of award-winning property and development firm, The Sovini Group, the asbestos specialists offers an ‘outstanding’ asbestos and abatement removal service, in addition to their recent expansion of services which has seen them provide thousands of passive fire protection (FIRAS) systems nationwide. Following a rigorous application process, Amianto Services are proud to have successfully achieved the renewal. Gaining the three-year HSE asbestos license gives clients further confidence that they are working with an established and trusted contractor. The HSE licence is set in place due to the significant risk’s involved in working with asbestos in public environments. Working with asbestos requires a high degree of regulatory control and the purpose of the HSE licensing is to achieve this. Following Amianto Services recent accolade their services will be monitored through regular audits and assessment to examine their quality of work as an official licence-holders. Amianto Services have a strong reputation for quickly and safely removing asbestos, and therefore this recognition demonstrates the company’s commitment to deliver the highest possible standards in all aspects of handling the removal and disposal of asbestos. Tony Loughran, Managing Director, commented, “Through a significant amount of hard work and a collective team effort, we are all looking forward to continuing our rapid and scalable growth. It is testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment to continually deliver highest standards and maximum safety possible.” For more information, or if you have an upcoming project to discuss with Amianto Services friendly and knowledgeable team, call 0151 529 7111, email info@amiantoservices.co.uk or visit www.amiantoservices.co.uk. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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