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Public sector set to save £2.7 million the ‘smart’ way

largest-ever water smart meter installation. Following a successful competitive tender process coordinated by Scottish Procurement, Business Stream is poised to roll out 3,000 smart meters across 18,000 public sector buildings, including hospitals, schools and prisons, over the next six months as part of the National Water and Waste Water contract.


Automated meter readers (AMRs) – or ‘smart’ meters – measure water consumption every 15 minutes and are proven to be one of the most effective means of regulating water use as they expose anomalies in water flow and allow them to be addressed quickly. Supporting the drive for efficiency savings, the project places Scotland’s public sector at the fore front of water management and effectively illustrates the significant financial savings that can be achieved through collaborative working. Mark Powles, chief executive of Business Stream, said:

“The bottom line is if a business improves its water efficiency it will save money. Customers are often surprised how much they can reduce their water bills just

cotland’s public sector stands to save around £2.7m in water efficiency savings over the next three years as Business Stream prepares to implement the UK’s

by cutting back on water use. “As well as financial savings there are also environmental rewards to be enjoyed, such as reducing the carbon footprint of a company and preserving natural resources. Achieving these environmental accolades can significantly boost corporate social responsibility efforts.” Good management of water can help companies to save both money and the environment. By helping customers to reduce their water use Business Stream has saved them more than £19 million and cut their carbon emissions by 12,400 tonnes – equivalent to removing 3,500 cars from the roads. Business Stream’s water efficiency solutions can be tailored to businesses and organisations of any size. Last year the water supplier distributed over 10,000 free water efficiency packs to smaller customers. It also offers a host of water efficiency services, ranging from full-scale water audits to leak detection and repair. To date, Business Stream has installed hundreds of smart meters in business premises and public sector organisations. In total, the technology has saved Business Stream customers £8.7 million in water consumption costs – or an average of £20,800 for each smart meter. The amount of savings that can be realised depends on the size of the premises and the volume of water being wasted. Last year Business Stream was named green business of the year at the CBI’s annual UK Growing Business awards for its work in encouraging Scottish organisations to implement environmental and water efficiency programmes.

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The GRASP system has an integrated handheld solution that feeds information back in real-time directly to the supervisors, allowing dynamic decisions to be made quickly and easily which is crucial to the overall efficiency of our operations. The software also allows us to keep tenants firmly in the loop,

communicating when work has been scheduled and when operatives are on the way to them.” Leicester City Council chose the mobile workforce management software following a stringent tendering process and evaluation of a

number of potential solutions. The choice of GRASP was reinforced by the successful implementation of a subsequent pilot project. Wheatley Associates will integrate GRASP with Leicester City Council’s existing, Capita OPENHousing back office systems for reporting purposes and also its existing stores systems for improved materials management. Additionally, once the GRASP/TODAY software is fully embedded in its housing repair and maintenance operations, Leicester City Council plans to exploit its scalability, expanding its use to a total of 1000+ mobile workers covering other Council departments including Social Services and the Clerk of Works. www.wheatley-


maintenance services to the public and private sector, has been awarded the contract by Meridian Hospital Company to provide fully outsourced hard FM services to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital PFI in Woolwich, London. The £70M contract over 20 years will see VINCI Facilities TUPE across 30 full time staff and deliver a wide range of services to the PFI scheme including planned preventative and reactive maintenance, grounds maintenance, property management and capital

works, life cycle replacement works, energy and waste management, medical gases and vacuum system and training services. In addition VINCI Facilities will manage the delivery of the £50M capital replacement works over this term. Tony Raikes, Managing

Director, VINCI Facilities said, “This is a wide ranging, high profile contract for VINCI Facilities to showcase our hard FM capabilities. We are proud of our track record in the healthcare sector and look forward to working with the Merdian Hospital Company PLC and South London Healthcare NHS Trust to deliver a range of planned, reactive and ongoing facilities management services to ensure the smooth running of this vital facility in Woolwich.”.


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