The facilities management sector’s response to the continuing Covid-19 crisis was well recognised in yesterday’s IWFM virtual awards ceremony.
The pandemic has necessitated a swift response from facilities managers and their teams.
One award for the category Workplace Experience: Non-Office/Corporate Environment went to Interserve for their 12-Day Mobilisation of all FM Services at NHS Nightingale North-West. Interserve’s nomination focused on mobilising critical portering, cleaning, maintenance, catering and waste services – among others – at the North West Nightingale NHS Trust Hospital (NWNNT) in Manchester.
Lynn Mawdsley, support services managing director, Interserve, welcomed the IWFM's efforts “to highlight the incredible work undertaken by Interserve to mobilise such a complicated contract from a standing start, in just 12 days”.
Mawdsley added: “The work undertaken to provide critical services to the North West Nightingale NHS Trust Hospital at such short notice was a phenomenal team effort, working closely with the NHS, and we are on standby to provide those services once again.”
A specific award – the IWFM’s Covid-19 Response Award – had seen a total of 69 entries.
Launched in the summer, the new category was devised to recognise the contribution made by workplace and facilities managers in the wake of the pandemic. The award proved so popular that it was divided into four discrete awards to recognise the scale and variety of initiatives.
The winners were chosen by public vote from a second shortlist of 20 finalists in an additional ‘Covid Response’ category.
Lloyds Banking Group and Mitie won under the ‘Keeping Good Work Going’ banner of the Covid Response category.
Another winner in the category included Edmonton Green Shopping Centre under the ’Supporting the Community’ banner.
The NHS Property Services FM team won the Covid-19 Response Award under the ‘On the Covid frontline’ banner.
Finally, the University of Greenwich IFM Mobilisation, Sodexo, The University of Greenwich and Gardiner & Theobald LLP won the Covid-19 Response Award under the ‘Adapting to new realities’ banner.