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BIFM London conference: A capital experience. By Cathy Hayward, BIFM London Region

01-03-16, 14:13

Cathy Hayward MA MCIPR MPRCA, Managing director, Magenta Associates and committee member of the BIFM London Region, shares a glimpse of some of London's most exciting FM projects to be discussed at the upcoming BIFM London Region Conference.

"As a region, BIFM's London region is not short of exciting projects to discuss or brilliant people to profile. The Walkie Talkie, the Shard, The Pinnacle, Crossrail, and the redevelopment of London Bridge station are all impacting on the capital. So it makes putting a conference programme together to attract London facilities professionals a real challenge.† After last year's exclusive look at the FM behind the American Embassy's relocation to Nine Elms, for this year's conference (16 March) we decided to look at another transformation: the Olympic Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Mark Downes, the brains behind the Olympic legacy will talk about the regeneration of the area over the next five to 10 years and the FM provision at the park which includes some stretching targets in the wider community.

Space in London is at a premium like nowhere else in the UK. Real estate costs are some of the most expensive in the world, which is seeing many FMs having to squeeze their assets harder and harder, fitting in more and more people into the same square footage. Which got us wondering whether there's a tipping point where people simply become unproductive? So, we asked Chris Moriarty from the workplace effectiveness tool, the Leesman Index, to discuss occupancy density in the capital and whether there really is a tipping point when too many people occupy too small a space and their performance is negatively affected.

No Londoner is complete without a cappuccino/ latte/ espresso/ mocha in their hand on their walk to work. Caffeine is the drug that keeps the capital going. So we're bringing in coffee experts Bartlett Mitchell to talk about the latest trends in coffee, so our delegates can go back to their offices certain in the knowledge that they know the best, and tastiest, ways of keeping people working at their best. They'll be a session on milk art as well for artistic delegates wanting to impress.

No conference is complete without an academic viewpoint, and London is spoiled for brilliant academics, so we thought we'd bring in two: Peter McLennan, MSc Course Director in Facility and Environment Management at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, at UCL will talk about the impact of tuition fees on FM qualifications and trends in career progression in FM; while Monica Parker from Hatch will unveil her latest research on resilience in the workplace. Something that our final speaker of the day, Mike Lynch, knows all about. As commander of indigenous covert operations forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, he served the longest operational tour in Afghanistan in the history of the modern day British Army and will take our delegates far away from the capital to behind the lines in some of the world's worst war zones. "

Held at King's Place on 16 March, and costing just £103 for BIFM members, the conference looks to engage FM professionals across the capital is a day not to be missed. Find out more here.

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