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HM Treasury appoints Keysource

Global datacentre and critical environment specialist, Keysource, has secured a three-year contract with His Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) to play a vital role in the successful operation of its Online System for Central Accounting and Reporting version 2(OSCAR II), a cross-government ...

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GPA gets green light to develop state-of-the-art Weather Centre HQ

Planning permission to develop a new cutting-edge headquarters for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) at the University of Reading has been granted after Wokingham Borough Council approved the development at its February 2024 Planning Committee. The new ...

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Experts call for regulation of embodied carbon emissions in construction

Leading construction industry and built environment experts from 11 organisations are calling on political party leaders to make manifesto commitments for embodied carbon regulation in the UK. UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institution of ...

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Government urged to prioritise repair and maintenance despite economic challenges

The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) is calling on the government to address the many urgent issues in the repairs and maintenance sector (R&M). BCIS is forecasting R&M output will fall seven per cent in 2024 before recovering in 2025 ...

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Pat Ritchie appointed for second term as GPA chair

The Government Property Agency (GPA) has extended Pat Ritchie’s tenure as chair for a second term. Remaining in the role until 2027, Ritchie will continue to work closely with the wider board and executive team to support the GPA’s mission ...

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Sodexo Government division retains key public sector contracts

​Sodexo UK & Ireland has successfully extended six government and police services contracts worth a combined value of some £34 million. Continuing its long-standing partnership with Transport for London, Sodexo’s 100-strong team will continue to provide catering services for employees ...

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Government Property Agency appoints Mark Bourgeois Interim CEO

The Government Property Agency (GPA) has appointed Mark Bourgeois as its interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), taking over from Steven Boyd, who is stepping down from the CEO role this month. Bourgeois will join the GPA towards the end of ...

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GPA submits planning application for Weather Centre HQ

The Government Property Agency (GPA) has submitted a planning application to Wokingham Borough Council for a European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) at the University of Reading. If successful, the new-state of-the-art headquarters will create the largest cluster of weather and ...

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Government tells councils to cease any four-day working week trials ‘immediately’

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has informed councils to stop any four-day week trials “immediately” and rule out adopting the practice in future, to ensure taxpayers’ money is well spent. New government guidance issued to the ...

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Wates appointed to DWP fit out framework

Wates has secured a place on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Taxi Rank Framework for fit out projects ranging from £3 million up to £10 million across Northern England, Scotland, and Wales. Work will be allocated through a ...

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