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Facilities Management Journal March 2017

UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD WINS TOP PRIZE AT CIBSE BUILDING PERFORMANCE AWARDS The University of Bradford has been crowned Building Performance Champion at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards 2017, for its pioneering Ecoversity programme. The university’s department of estates and facilities won the top award for its transformational work on its aging estates infrastructure over the last decade – reducing its carbon footprint by 35 per cent, and becoming the only university in the world to maintain three ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ rated buildings in its portfolio. The University also claimed victory in the Facilities Management Team Award category, with its entry commended for its approach to tackling inherent problems within its large stock of legacy buildings dating from the 1960s and 70s, including poor thermal performance, asbestos and large expanses of single glazing. Having overcome a number of challenges, the University has cut utility costs by 27 per cent in a market that has risen 90 per cent, and saved £8 million over 10 years. Other winners on the night included AECOM in Building Performance Consultancy of the Year (over 1000 employees), Elementa Consulting in Project of the Year – International, and HLM in Project of the Year – Residential. The new Test of Time category, which rewards continued high performance in a previous winner, was claimed by British Land, who have demonstrated continued high performance since their win in 2012. CANARY WHARF RECYCLING INITIATIVE MAKES IT A ‘CLEAN COFFEE ZONE’ Canary Wharf Group has launched its first 6 MARCH 2017 NEW STUDY REVEALS WORKPLACE DESIGN IS FAILING KNOWLEDGE WORKERS A new study commissioned by Sodexo in partnership with Quora Consulting has revealed the crucial factors aff ecting productivity, engagement and retention in the knowledge worker sector, one of the UK’s biggest and fastest growing employment sectors. According to the in-depth study ‘Creating a workplace that maximises productivity’ which sought the views of 2,800 knowledge workers, twothirds (67 per cent) claim to have left their last role because their workplace was not optimised for them, presenting a wake-up call for organisations not to put cosmetic design over substance. The report revealed that in terms of engagement just 36 per cent thought that their organisation cared about their wellbeing and just under half (48 per cent) trusted their managers’ to ‘do the right thing’ by them. Off ice noise, bad lighting and access to quiet space were all cited as crucial factors aff ecting productivity, with 69 per cent of knowledge workers stating that their workplace design directly impacted their eff ectiveness. In the UK today, knowledge workers represent 60 per cent of the overall labour force and are the single fastest growing segment. The needs and expectations of knowledge workers in relation to their work and working environment are unique and it is essential that organisations reliant on this group consider their unique needs if they are to drive productivity, retention and engagement. More than half of those questioned (51 per cent) claimed that reducing unnecessary noise was the single most important factor to improving their eff ectiveness, while a third (35 per cent) of respondents stated that access to quiet space was key to increasing productivity. Ensuring access to daylight and good lighting was a close second to noise with just under a half of respondents stating that it was a major disruptive factor. Workplace nutrition was also highlighted as playing a significant role in worker performance, with more than half (53 per cent) of those questioned claiming that quality of food is important, but only a third (37 per cent) felt well catered for by their organisation. ever coff ee waste initiative, ‘Wake Up and Smell The Coff ee’, making the entire 128 acre Canary Wharf Estate a ‘Clean Coff ee Zone’. The campaign will see coff ee cups, lids and coff ee grounds generated by over 300 shops, bars and restaurants across the Estate being recycled with the use of designated bins. They will be given second life uses, thereby repurposing hundreds of tonnes of waste generated from coff ee drinking each year. To help increase awareness of waste recovery, those who take part will be rewarded with coff ee vouchers for Change Please, an initiative which provides a barista training programme for previously homeless individuals. To encourage people to pledge support, KeepCup, makers of the World’s first barista standard reusable cup, will be rewarding the first 10 pledges each day with a KeepCup. Café Brera will also off er a free coff ee to anyone who returns five empty coff ees within a fortnight. The campaign is being delivered for Canary Wharf Management Limited (CWML) by the Cawley Group, the waste management company for the Estate and Veris, the sustainability and communications partner. Kate Cawley, director of Veris Strategies, pioneered the commercial use of food waste to anaerobic digestion in the UK, and has championed the connection between sustainability and social causes in the retail sector since working with Waitrose in 2007. Such initiatives introduced Simply Cups to Canary Wharf Group, which will recycle the coff ee cups and lids, as well as bio-bean Ltd, which will turn the coff ee grounds into biofuel. She said: “It’s all about proving that an individual action will genuinely add up to something worthwhile. What’s exciting about Canary Wharf is being able to eff ect change on a massive scale: half a million cups a year, 300 tonnes of coff ee grounds reducing Canary Wharf’s carbon footprint considerably, with local community schemes like Change Please benefitting too.” INDUSTRY INSIGHT FMJ.CO.UK


Facilities Management Journal March 2017
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