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‘Flat pack’ approach to designing future schools slammed by RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) plans for standardising the design and construction of future schools. It is seriously concerned that the proposed ‘flat-pack’ (Baseline Designs for Schools) approach is inflexible ...

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Back to school = back to germs?

With cold and flu season about to begin, students may have more to contend with than just homework. Schools can be breeding grounds for germs that can lead to illness and significant absenteeism. However, data from a new study shows ...

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Values add up as accountancy association selects OCS for TFM contract

OCS has won a five year contract  with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to provide total facilities management at six locations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The deal with the global accountancy body includes hard ...

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Norland responds to significant growth in projects work

Norland has today made two announcements which it says is a reflection of the increasing volume of projects business it is seeing from clients. The facilities management provider has appointed David Grey as its first associate director of projects and, ...

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Lindley wins a spell on Warner Bros Harry Potter tour contract

Lindley Heritage  is celebrating a three-year contract to provide catering services for the public and staff at the new Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter which opened at the end of March. The new attraction ...

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Small business facilities may struggle to benefit from the Green Deal

Small firms could be left in the red by the Green Deal, which officially opened  yesterday (1 October), as potential cost savings are eaten by rising energy bills driven by a raft of forthcoming costly energy and environmental policies, according ...

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MITIE’s bespoke security offering wins Southampton hospital contract

MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing and energy services company, has secured a new three-year contract, security and car park management contract with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. University Hospital Southampton provides healthcare to 1.3 million people living in ...

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‘One of the world’s most sustainable buildings’, the Crystal opens

The Crystal, a centre dedicated to improving knowledge of urban sustainabilty located in London’s Royal Victoria Docks, opened to the public on Saturday (29 September). An all-electric building, the Crystal consumes no fossil fuels on site. Pumps seasonally store energy ...

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US$1m funding pot to research green and sustainable CRE announced

A global commercial real estate organisation, has announced the launch of the Real Green Research Challenge (RGRC), a four-year, US$1 million commitment to fund leading-edge sustainability research and innovation relating to commercial real estate. CBRE is accepting submissions for research ...

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Jaguar Land Rover extends catering contract with OCS

Jaguar Land Rover has extended its catering contract with international total facilities management provider OCS by another two years with an option to extend for an additional two years. Under the deal, OCS will continue to provide catering for Jaguar ...

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