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FM is key to the longevity of construction. By Nathan Garnett, Event Director, UK Construction Week
English physicist, astronomer and theologian Isaac Newton said: "We build too many walls and not enough bridges", and I believe this to be the case in the construction industry.
The truth is that we are very good at getting things built, you only need to look at some of the recent major projects completed in the UK to see this, but we could and should be better at building bridges between professionals from all the different facets of construction. Facilities Management (FM) is particularly important, as it is largely responsible for new buildings meeting the key sustainability targets promised at the planning stages, and, as a recent survey conducted by UK Construction Week in partnership with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) revealed, there is much work to do in ensuring greater levels of integration.
The results of the survey highlighted a huge disparity between FM professionals? thoughts about how they should be involved in the construction process and their experience. When asked what role FM should play in the construction process, 85 per cent of respondents said that it should be fully integrated throughout. However, only 15 per cent said that full integration of FM was their experience.
The transition from initial construction to on going operation of a building is critical in maintaining high levels of efficiency and clearly the level of communication and integration needs to increase. We can build 'green' buildings but without an effective FM strategy that has been able to influence the construction process, they wont stay green for long.
At UK Construction Week we are committed to helping the construction industry prosper in any way we can and we believe the show will be the perfect opportunity to highlight these issues further and develop solutions. It will also be an ideal platform for professionals to network and build stronger cross-disciplinary working relationships.
For more information or to get your free ticket to attend UK Construction Week, please visit www.ukconstructionweek.com or follow @UK_CW on Twitter.
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