The highlight of the BIFM calendar, the recent BIFM Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London offered a unique opportunity to celebrate the benefits of cutting-edge innovation across the FM sector. The Carillion sponsored event saw the presentation of awards for Innovation in Technology and Systems, as well as New Product or Service of the Year, both highlighting outstanding innovation across the FM sector.

AstraZeneca received the BIFM award for Innovation in Technology and Systems, having undertaken a period of significant change over the last four years in relation to moving its R&D site from Cheshire to Cambridge. The significant impact of this move highlighted the need for AstraZeneca to transform parts of its Macclesfield Campus, requiring a multi-functional, flexible workplace with technology-led solutions to deploy resources at an optimum level and a new system was created, with a multi-faceted approach to employee interaction, from employee-to-employee, and to client facing relationships.

Judges commented; “The team at AstraZeneca were able to demonstrate the value the technology has had and how the facilities function, working with the IT function was able to successfully “glue” a number of technologies together using an application. The system developed is not only being used in one specific building, but is now being developed globally and being rolled out around the world.”

The category also saw a highly commended awarded to intu in partnership with Invida, for their innovative Lifecycle: out of the shadows.

Rapid Washrooms’ use of real-time data to monitor use of toilets and soap dispensers and more effectively schedule maintenance, saw them receive the award for New Product or Service of the Year.

Their project at Heathrow Terminal 2, resulted in moving from reactive to predictive maintenance, freeing up staff time and installing a central reservoir of cleaning chemicals which helped to reduce overall washroom complaints significantly.

Judges commented on Rapid Washrooms’ innovation: “Every stakeholder benefits from this product, it helps solve the client’s and the customers’ issues, and it allows for further innovation, improvement and evolution. There is a great opportunity for this product to be implemented on a wider scale and across a range of large and busy facilities.”

Read more about both award winners and their innovative work in our BIFM case studies  by clicking on the links below:

Innovation in Technology and Systems

Winner: AstraZeneca, Macclesfield Campus

Highly Commended: intu in partnership with Invida, Lifecycle: out of the shadows

New Product or Service of the Year

Winner: Rapid Washrooms Ltd, Smart Washroom Solutions

The BIFM Awards 2018 open for entries in January.  Register your interest here.


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