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FMUK March - April 2018 Contents


Building management for life

When you install a building management system, you’re making a decision for life. These assets should provide a high level of functionality for years, if not decades. Fire, security, energy and HVAC systems need to be built to last, from both a cost and a safety point of view. It’s no use installing a cheap system, only to have devices malfunction two or three years down the line. Not only will you end up paying more in the long run – you may be risking employee safety in the process.

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Solving the productivity puzzle at The Facilities Event – are you coming?

The Facilities Event delivers a powerful combination of senior decision makers and purchase influencers from across the UK’s industrial, commercial and public sectors. With a compelling range of unique educational content available to the visitor and a wide and varied exhibitor offering, this is the “must attend” event for all facilities professionals.

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RoboGrit and dilemmas in digitisation

Facilities management won’t escape the rise of the robots, but the experts at winter maintenance specialists GRITIT are actively working towards a future where man and machine will work together in harmony.

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Safeguarding Schools with a Secure Emergency Lockdown Protocol

The duty of care that education officials have, in providing a safe environment for everyone on their premises, is arguably more challenging in today’s world than it has ever been. One area that should be identified for regular review is Emergency Lockdown. Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant for Allegion UK, calls for more schools to consider a number of security solutions to further improve their lockdown protocols.

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Sika Supplies Proven Top To Bottom Solution For Historic Building Refurbishment

Sika showcased the scope of its construction sector specialisms during the refurbishment and conversion of an historic, Grade II-listed building – with its industry-leading products selected for both roof and basement works.

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How FMs can increase productivity

If you want to create a workspace that’s functional, innovative, boosts productivity and helps to attract the best staff, office managers shouldn’t be afraid to push the boundaries of office design. Many traditional office environments, with their rigid and restrictive designs, can be somewhat sterile in nature, and this can have a detrimental effect on employees’ general sense of wellbeing and performance. Office managers should be doing all they can to provide an environment that produces the healthiest and happiest workers possible.

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Is Your Fire Safety Training Up To Date?

Keeping your training up-to-date regarding fire safety and fire door hardware comes with a whole host of benefits for your business. Doing so will mean you will reduce the risk of facing unnecessary fines and a potentially damaged reputation. Yet, new research from law firm Hugh James revealed that almost one in five Brits (16 percent) work for a company where not a single fire drill has been carried out in the last twelve months.

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