Author: Jessica Taylor

Benefits of Outsourcing Total Facilities Management

Outsourcing Facilities Services The Importance of Facilities Management It is the duty of building owners or occupiers to ensure that their facilities are well managed, maintained and secure at all times. Poor standards of facilities maintenance will not only lead to an inevitable deterioration of buildings but can also compromise safety standards, increasing the risk of accidents and potentially prosecution if legal health & safety requirements are not met. Well-maintained properties are easier to manage and can be more cost effective for business operations. Both soft (cleaning, security, grounds maintenance) and hard services (structural maintenance, heating & ventilation) must...

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What is Facilities Management? – Hard FM vs Soft FM

Facilities Management Definition “An organisational function which integrates people, place and process within the built environment with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business.”         The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) ISO 41011:2017 Quite simply facilities management is the management and maintenance of commercial buildings, encompassing everything required to keep people alive and safe. It can include everything from building maintenance to catering and vending services. Facilities Management (FM) is split into two areas: Hard FM and Soft FM. Hard FM refers to physical structures like plumbing and...

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Salvation Army Building Project

The Customer The Salvation Army are a Christian denominational church and international charitable organisation present in 127 countries. The Salvation Army run charity shops, operate shelters for the homeless, provide personal hygiene relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries. The Challenge The Salvation Army required a complete building refurbishment & extension in Harpenden to create a fantastic multi-use community centre. As they operate as a non-profit organisation, efficiencies were key to ensure budgets were adhered to. From design, to procurement, to construction Premier Support Services worked very closely with our clients to ensure we could Make a Difference. The Result We began with a partial demolition of the existing hall and a number of structural alterations to the internal & external facade, including construction and installation of  beam & block flooring. Inside the building, partitions were built to break the space up into a worship hall, fully equipped commercial kitchen, toilets and 3 multi-use halls. We removed all existing mechanical & electrical components and installed a new twin boiler heating system, bespoke toilet solution and new drainage system. We designed & installed all new electrical features including LED lighting, feature lighting and emergency lighting. A new curved entrance lobby was constructed, with a wrap around glass frontage to optimise natural lighting. To cater to the clients requirements, we installed DDA approved disabled access & facilities, including a platform lift,...

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