A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
London and the South East commercial recycling company Paper Round is to start London’s first fully electric heavy vehicle commercial recycling and waste collections. The company has taken delivery of its first electric 26t RCV and 7.5t box trucks at its Purfleet depot. The launch follows trials by the company of both vehicle types on standard collection routes over several days last year. Both vehicles are powered using 100 per cent renewable electricity as part of the company's bid to decarbonise its business. The 7.5t box truck has a range of up to 130km on full charge and the RCV up to 200km. The 26t RCV saves around 50 tonnes of CO2 a year – the annual carbon footprint of 10 people. The electric truck saves around 19 tonnes of CO2 a year – the annual carbon footprint of four people. The trucks will serve clients with portfolios across London, such as The Crown Estate, Derwent London and Churchill Services later this month.
Security specialist Mul-T-Lock has added some of its NE high-security padlocks and the Hasplock DIAMOND to its eCLIQ offering, allowing for full access control capabilities in the harshest of applications. Mul-T-Lock’s eCLIQ access control system allows businesses to manage access permissions remotely from anywhere in the world. This includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, as well as to provide time-limited access. Now, Mul-T-Lock’s range of high-security NE padlocks and its Hasplock DIAMOND are compatible with the eCLIQ® system, bringing benefits to businesses that require an access control solution for outdoor and remote use. Mul-T-Lock’s NE range of padlocks are capable of functioning in all conditions, providing resistance against physical attacks and weather.
Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy HDR | Andrew Reid has been appointed to provide engineering, commissioning, and operations services as well as MEP services on Skanska’s 340,000-square-foot mixed-use scheme on the Knightsbridge Estate, London, an island site on 3.5 acres owned by the Olayan Group. The redevelopment will deliver seven new flagship stores, grade-A office accommodation and 33 luxury flats for the rental market set around a private courtyard. A new roof-top restaurant will be accessed via a ground-floor café/deli.
Ultra Refrigeration has developed a high-efficiency CO2 refrigeration pack with full heat recovery that provides comfort heating and air conditioning requirements to convenience stores. The Integrated Power Pack (IPP), based on BITZER’s Ecoline CO2 reciprocating compressors, has been installed in four convenience stores in Lincolnshire as part of the retailer’s efficiency drive and carbon reduction programme. The system captures heat from the high-temperature discharge side of the pack by passing hot gas through a compact contraflow heat exchanger, transferring heat to a water-based heating system. Hydronic fan coils provide comfort heating and cooling for the store and adjoining warehouse facilities. Hot water is also used to supply the over-door air curtain on the store’s main entrance, which operates constantly during opening hours, saving up to 14kW of electrical energy. The IPP systems deployed deliver a total of up to 90kW of heating and 40kW of comfort cooling, although the design is scalable and can be configured for larger applications.
MicrobanInternational is bringing together its Microbanand Ultra-Fresh brands and technologies under a single umbrella. Following the initial acquisition of Thomson Research Associates in 2016, Microban International will harmonise the two organisations to operate as a single company under the Microban International name. The organisation’s newly emergent ingredient brand – Ultra-Fresh – delivers freshness for a broad spectrum of surfaces. This move will allow the company to harness the Microban brand alongside its Ultra-Fresh offering to create a powerful antimicrobial product portfolio for the industry.
Fellowes is urging decision-makers to place air quality high on the agenda as part of any updated health and wellbeing strategy to prevent the spread of viruses and improve employee productivity. The company emphasises the need for a considered approach to the correct specification of such solutions to ensure compatibility with the needs of the building and its occupants. AeraMax Pro purifiers are designed to deliver up to five air changes an hour, which means the air is cleaned every 12 minutes. AeraMax Pro air purifiers have shown a 99.99 per cent airborne reduction of a coronavirus surrogate (coronavirus 229E) within 60 minutes of operation.
ServiceNow has announced enhancements to its Workplace Service Delivery solution focused on enabling hybrid work and powering flexibility and productivity. The updates include:
- Intelligent and intuitive reservation capabilities within the Workplace Reservation Management application, including the ability to add services (eg, catering or room configurations) to a reservation, and single-click reservation capabilities, give employees a consumer-grade reservation experience as many organisations prioritise desk hoteling in the hybrid working environment.
- New space use capabilities within the workplace space management application to help FM teams design workspaces and maximise real estate investments. Teams can measure and define spaces and retire old spaces to optimise a company’s real estate portfolio.
- Wayfinding enhancements to the Workplace Space Mapping application to help employees find and reserve conference rooms and workspaces near teams and navigate their way around newly designed offices.