East Midlands-based independent property & facilities management consultants Opex Consulting has joined forces with Aptare, an asset management consultancy based in Yorkshire.
Opex Consulting is known in the FM sector for its hands-on operational expertise and specialist consultancy services, including its lead in Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects – the company has consulted on more than a third of all built environment UK PFI/PPP projects in particular around audit and assurance.
Aptare provides a focus on contract compliance and asset lifecycle modelling services. The team majors on FM commercial and business, and has a proven track record in contract dispute and delivering FM consultancy services at all levels of PPPs and PFIs.
A core element of the service provided by the newly restructured firm is the provision of bespoke solutions to property and asset management issues.
Steve Mitchell, Director of Opex Consulting said: “We are frequently called in ‘after the event’ to help organisations turnaround failing contracts, typically where the chosen FM supplier becomes unable to deliver on contractual obligations . All too often, we see landlords and holders of large property portfolios wasting time and money by firefighting poor FM outcomes. While we expertly handle these issues to take the pain away, our stated goal is to create solutions that prevent the FM delivery degrading to a poor standard in the first place.”
To that end, the firm has set up a service that gives organisations a practical pathway to select proven and dependable FM suppliers and contractors. Using its broadened resource base, the company combines specialist advice, its FM contract audit expertise, lifecycle modelling, and a wealth of invaluable historical FM knowledge accumulated over the past 25 years.
The merger also provides new opportunities for dedicated initiatives. Among these is a whole asset management and assurance service that operates at all levels, from individual equipment compliance to entire property portfolio management, aimed at top-tier stakeholders including large landlord businesses, banks, property investment funds, investment houses, as well as all other asset-owning entities.