EQUANS, ENGIE’s services-led division, has secured a three-year hard FM contract by Guide Dogs, the UK charity for blind and partially sighted people.
EQUANS, is initially providing services at six large freehold sites, including the charity‘s Reading head offices and two smaller sites that house community-based teams. The contract contains an option to increase the scope to cover more sites across the UK in the future.
Under the partnership, EQUANS, will run technical and environmental services delivered to SFG20 standards. With an overall objective to improve levels of service while meeting full building compliance, EQUANS, will also research ways to reduce costs and ensure that investments to improve buildings are maximised. The business said the outsourcing of the hard services FM would enable Guide Dogs to focus on supporting visually impaired people.
The partnership is also exploring plans for further service options for smaller Guide Dogs locations that do not have their own maintenance staff and the potential for EQUANS, to assist with property-related capital expenditure projects. It will also investigate options for corporate social responsibility and fundraising initiatives.
Scott Birch, EQUANS, UK & Ireland regional managing director, said: “Guide Dogs was looking to appoint a trusted partner that would not just deliver service and maintenance but would also take responsibility for building compliance and safety – adding value to the charity’s activities through the services provided. ”
Anna Hoskyns, head of facilities for Guide Dogs, added: “We want to support more people with sight loss as effectively as possible and having the right facilities management to help us provide our range of services is key. Joining forces with a company with proven expertise allows us to focus on our core activity.”