Carillion’s UK facilities management contracts to be acquired by BGIS
BGIS, a leading Canadian property management firm, has announced that it is set to take on a large portfolio from Carillion’s facilities management business within the UK.
This will see BGIS becoming responsible for the management of a number of buildings including hospitals, schools, justice facilities, transport services and emergency service centres across the UK.
"We are excited to welcome the more than 2500 Carillion employees that will join the BGIS team upon closing,” said Gord Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, BGIS. “This deal provides continuity of services for a large number of customers providing critical infrastructure within the UK Market.”
“Our team is looking forward to engaging both customers and employees in the days ahead to effect the transaction and ensure a smooth transition.”
The acquisition is a significant step towards BGIS’ strategy of continuing to expand globally in the aim of becoming a world leader in real estate and facilities management.
“With this transaction, we look forward to building a large presence in the UK facilities management market and providing customers with the same industry leading service and capabilities that we do throughout the globe,” said Mark Marquis, Chief Commercial Officer BGIS.
The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2018.
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.