Plants A Lot: Is China’s ‘Forest City’ the Shape of Workplaces to Come?

  Reports that China has started construction on what is being dubbed the world’s first ‘forest city’ make interesting reading for anyone in the property industry. The plan to build a new town for 30,000 residents is in itself hardly noteworthy, such is the speed of urban development in China. But what makes the Liuzhou project […]

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Staying on Top of your Fire Risk Assessments

The terrible events at Grenfell Towers in London has brought fire safety into sharp focus, reminding us all of the devastating consequences property fires can have. While particular attention has fallen on the testing and classification of building materials in the wake of this tragic incident, it is also a timely reminder of the importance […]

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Five Ways Effective Facilities Management Can Boost Worker Productivity

The links between workplace environment and productivity are hardly news. Even back amongst the grime and squalor of the 19th century, the more enlightened factory owners realised that cramped, poorly lit, poorly ventilated, cold and dangerous working conditions hit them in the pocket, as miserable and sick staff could not work effectively. And yet this […]

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Time to Tighten Up Your Maintenance Planning?

As spring approaches, this is traditionally the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to getting their properties in order – clearing out clutter, carrying out repairs and generally sprucing the place up following a long, drab winter. Of course, in facilities management, this kind of general maintenance is front of mind all year round. […]

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Staying On Top of Safety Compliance

Being the landlord of a commercial property carries with it a wide range of different responsibilities. While details vary from one tenancy agreement to the next concerning who does what, when it comes to general maintenance and upkeep, landlords are ultimately accountable for the health and safety of their tenants. Central to this is carrying […]

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How Smart Systems Can Boost Premises Security

There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things, about how the networking of so-called Smart devices, everything from electrical lights to washing machines, is transforming our daily lives. In facilities management, smart systems are certainly having an impact. Automated digital management of heating and electrical systems is helping to cut waste, saving […]

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