About 20 years ago, Past Master Ian Scarr-Hall introduced the Company to the fascinating world of Facilities Management, a growing and important part of the broader built environment industry. This sector is rapidly growing as outsourcing becomes more established as a way of managing modern businesses
Facilities management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. The facilities and built environment industry is an important part of the UK economy worth more than £100bn employing over 3 million people.
Facilities Management, therefore, has developed substantially from looking after support services in offices to the whole range of “non-core” management and built environment functions such as property strategy, space management and communications infrastructure to building maintenance, administration and contract management.
The Livery now has 50 members who come from this background and they play an important role in the activities and governance of it. There is a Facilities Management Dinner every year, often with Speakers talking about important building projects.