A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
British Land’s retail operations division will start to use PlanRadar to track repairs, works and recurring maintenance at their locations across the country. With PlanRadar’s flexible task management features, property managers can use their mobile devices to pinpoint a fault on a digital plan while at a property. They can add photographs, voice memos and other evidence and send the task directly to a supplier for resolution. Suppliers are able to access the platform via free accounts so that they can communicate directly and update progress.
Relocation specialist Business Moves Group (BMG) has won a major relocation contract with Leeds Building Society. BMG will support the society with its relocation to a new head office after more than 80 years at its current location. More than 900 colleagues will be moving to the refurbished building on Sovereign Street in Leeds, with three current sites consolidated into the new space. BMG will project-manage the relocation, which includes furniture management (asset registration, sourcing and donation/recycling of redundant furniture), moves planning, occupancy management, relocation of IT equipment, and post-move assistance. The timeline is to deliver the move over three consecutive weekends in April.
Corps Security has launched its Manned Guarding Savings Calculator to help businesses rightsize their security provision as they plan workplace reoccupation. Facilities or security professionals simply input their manned guarding hourly charge rate and the number of security hours into the calculator and it shows how security costs could be reduced by integrating security monitoring solutions with traditional manned guarding to protect premises, assets and people. The calculator is a no-obligation tool to help FM professionals planning the return to work think differently about their security spend. As well as reducing costs for the organisation, a blended approach to security using security monitoring to complement officers on the ground allows officers to be paid in line with Living Wage levels – increasing job satisfaction and retention. Using Corps Security’s customer portal organisations can have a clear line of sight of both their manned guarding and monitoring service, making it a totally integrated approach.
Surveillance and security specialist Zicam Integrated Security has signed another one-year full maintenance package with Sunseeker International, the British luxury performance motor yacht brand. Zicam will also install a state-of-the-art CCTV system in late 2021 at Sunseeker's manufacturing facility in Portland, Dorset. Mike Mclaughlin, Sunseeker International’s security operations manager, said: “Zicam sets extremely high standards in terms of quality of product and customer service. The company will only fit the best kit on the market, and I know that I can get an answer or returned phone call from the operations team, operations manager, managing director, or even the CEO 365 days of the year… We can be involved in the design of the required system, and implicitly trust the advice provided.”
US scientists have developed an ultra-white paint that reflects 98.1 per cent of sunlight that could help keep buildings cool, possibly replacing energy-intensive air conditioners, according to a report in New Scientist. A team led by Xiulin Ruan at Purdue University in the US had previously developed an ultra-reflective paint using calcium carbonate particles that reflected 95.5 per cent of sunlight. It has now improved on that by using barium sulfate particles in a paint that reflects 98.1 per cent of sunlight. The new version absorbs less than half the energy from the sun as the previous paint. Standard commercial white paint absorbs between 10 and 20 per cent of sunlight energy. The amount of sunlight absorbed by the new paint is now lower than the amount of energy it radiates through our atmosphere and into deep space, so the material actually becomes cooler than its surroundings. The next stage is experimenting with painted tubes carrying water to create an electricity-free refrigeration effect.
The team hopes that the paint can lower global carbon emissions, as houses coated in the paint would need less air conditioning. Used on a 930-square-metre roof, its cooling effect could be as high as 10 kilowatts, which the team says is more powerful than a standard air conditioner.