The Covid 19 lockdown forced the closure of most of our property portfolio, reducing the need for all but essential maintenance across our sites. We had to adapt our service as lockdown progressed so our FM teams and contractors were tasked with making our core sites covid secure, whilst striving to maintain our pre planned maintenance schedules. Supporting the urgent need within the community for Covid19 testing, we set up Covid LFT test centres, and supported mobile testing units at Wandsworth, by providing the staff to run the sites.
As we are now beginning to open up and get back to some form of normality, we are faced with new challenges ahead.
The construction leadership council has recently warned that cement, some electrical components, timber, steel, and paints are all in short supply, citing “unprecedented levels of demand” that are set to continue “for the foreseeable future”. The present material supply problems stem from several factors, the most notable being that construction industry projects have surged since lockdown began easing, leading to high demand for materials.
Furthermore, with demand increasing across the globe and the UK importing many of its raw materials, not only is demand outstripping supply but prices of materials are also rising. The ONS is projecting a rise in material prices, with certain materials, such as timber, expected to more than double during the year.
Smart School Services
Facilities Management Services advise that schools plan for the short, medium, and long term.
This is where our primary focus is on ensuring compliance and not profit making, as we strive to ensure best value. We are dedicated to supporting the schools manage their Reactive, Planned, Preventative, & Remedial Maintenance works.
Sustainability, reducing energy consumption, and becoming net zero carbon by 2030, is at the forefront of the Councils agenda. We can assist schools by offering advice and information about energy management and sustainable options to reduce carbon emissions.
We have planned major projects towards achieving net zero carbon in our operational buildings, and we are carrying out energy audits in schools. Our team can also help with funding applications for de-carbonisation projects.
If you would like to know more about our FM Services, please book a Head to Head meeting.