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ABM strengthens Northern Ireland presence

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BM, a leading provider of facilities solutions, has taken a further foothold in Northern Ireland with the opening of a dedicated office in Belfast, and the appointment of a country manager tasked with growing the local portfolio. Partly motivated by the region’s growing retail sector, ABM’s move to establish itself further in the market will offer its growing roster of clients a local and personable management service. The business currently employs over 7,000 people and counts the O2, Heathrow Airport and the Bullring Shopping Centre among its list of high profile clients. It offers a broad range of facility services, including: cleaning, security, mechanical and electrical, technical, HVAC, data centre cleaning and guest services. Kim Harris, integrated facility solutions director of ABM, commented: “Northern Ireland is an exciting territory for us, and we are putting energy behind taking advantage of this fantastic market. The contract win with Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park is the latest addition to our retail

portfolio, and with customer retention at the heart of our service, we expect many more in the coming months and years.   “We’re also delighted to welcome Kyle Russell to ABM, who has been appointed regional manager – Ireland. While Kyle will be our overall lead on the Bloomfield contract, he’ll also be tasked with identifying new business opportunities for the group.” As a first win since opening its new office this month, ABM has been awarded a three-year contract with Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park in Bangor, near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Around 20 of ABM’s specialist staff will supply Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park with cleaning and security services. The contract’s total value over the three-year term is worth approximately £1.1 million. ABM has extensive experience working in the retail sector, and provides a wide range of facility management services to clients, including: The Centre, Livingston in Scotland; Victoria Place Shopping Centre in London; and

Grand Central Shopping Centre in Birmingham’s New Street Station. Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park, which is located approximately 13 miles north east of Belfast, was opened in 1992. Extended several times since then it is now the dominant retail destination in the North Down area. The 417,000-square foot shopping centre is managed by property management company, Savills, and offers its four million visitors per year a choice of 50 retailers split between a covered mall and retail warehouse units. For more information, please visit www.abm.co.uk

New London recycling site can support Mayor’s emissions fight

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ollowing London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s announcement to impose additional charges on the most polluting vehicles (from 2019), ReFood, London’s newest energy-from-waste provider, has highlighted a solution. ReFood, the UK’s leading food waste recycler, opened a 160,000tonne capacity Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham this summer, which has started producing clean bioenergy for use in vehicles, businesses or homes. AD is a proven technology which turns unavoidable food waste into bioenergy and fertiliser. Gas produced at the company’s other sites is already used as biomethane, which powers fleets around the UK, including Waitrose lorries. ReFood’s Dagenham site is their third plant 10

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in the UK, and draws on the company’s experience as one of Europe’s most advanced AD operators, employing some of the cleanest and safest working practices in the sector. ReFood’s Commercial Director, Philip Simpson said: “The launch of Dagenham couldn’t come at a better time to help support this initiative. Our newest site produces clean bioenergy, and our proven technology has seen fleets reduce their emissions considerably already. The potential for public transport and municipal vehicles is enormous.” “This all feeds into the great food waste debate – as a country we waste almost 15m tonnes every year. We can offer a closed loop situation, whereby London councils take hold

of their own destiny on emissions, collecting food waste from residents, and in turn use it to power municipal vehicles. It’s a proven concept and makes perfect economic sense, whilst supporting the Mayor’s ambition.” The site has the capacity to handle 160,000tonnes of food waste annually, one of the highest capacity sites in Europe, and will generate more than 2,000 m3/hr of methane gas. ReFood’s mission is to create a greener, safer, cheaper alternative to sending food waste to landfill. www.refood.co.uk

Building & Facilities Management – October 2017

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