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 Contracts HistoricWellcome forPrinciple

Principle Cleaning Services has won a cleaning contract with global charitable foun- dation, theWellcome Trust. With over 700Wellcome Trust employees based at its

headquarters in Euston, London, Sir HenryWellcome (1853-1936), the founder of theWellcome Trust, was one of themost fascinatingmen of his time. A businessman,

collector and philanthropist, he was born in the American ‘wild west’ but ended his days as a knight of the British realm. The founda- tion is dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. Principle Cleaning Services

Ltd ismarking 25 years of industry leadership in 2014 and the sustainable contract cleaner has an impressive portfolio of prestigious cus- tomers across London and a number of iconic buildings, including the Gherkin, Lloyd’s of London, Shake- speare’s Globe Theatre, Broadgate Estates, and Can- cer Research UK. TheWellcome Trust build-

ing is based in Euston Road, London. As part of the con- tract - which also includes PrincipleWindow Cleaning - over 26 experienced staff will be responsible for cleaning and washrooms. Two porters will also be responsible for events set up and a dedi- cated internal window cleaner will clean all internal glass and partitions.

Three year FMdealwith AECOM

Bilfinger Europa has won a new £4million contract to provide facilitiesmanage- ment services on behalf of one of the world’s largest providers of professional technical andmanagement support services. Global firm AECOMhas agreed to a deal that will see Bilfinger Europa delivermechanical and elec- tricalmaintenance, cleaning, fire protection, wasteman- agement, groundmainte- nance, recycling, fabric and special projects for three years to AECOM’s offices in the UK and Ireland. Approximately 100 staff will

join Bilfinger Europa under the TUPE process to work at 36 AECOMsites across the region, ranging fromAb- erdeen down to Exeter and across to Belfast. Andy Dedman, projects di-

rector - Europe, AECOM, and a key stakeholder in the pro- curement process, said: “Moving to a single FM provider is amajor strategic step forward for AECOM.We are pleased to have Bilfinger Europa on board as our part- ner for this journey.” Greig Brown, Bilfinger Eu-

ropa’s chief executive, said: “AECOMwas seeking a com-

pany with a proven track record in directlymanaging and delivering facilitiesman- agement services to similar organisations with compara- ble portfolios, and we are de- lighted Bilfinger Europa is their chosen partner for the next three years.” AECOMhas approximately

45,000 employees around the world serving a broad range ofmarkets, including trans- portation, facilities, environ- mental, energy, water and government inmore than 150 countries. www.europa-

Merco clinches Salford cleaning contract

Merco Services has clinched a new cleaning and groundsmaintenance contract in Salford, providing ongoing services to the Elysian Fields apartment block, based near Hope Hospital, ensuring that communal areas and grounds aremaintained to a high standard. This contract win rounds off a strong start to the year for the business, which recently cele-

brated winning new contracts with propertymanagement company, urbanbubble, and Sterling Developments. Merco is already responsible formaintaining a number of propertiesmanaged by Elysian

Fields’ propertymanagement company,Manchester Ace Property Care. Jack Salomon, owner ofManchester Ace Property Care, said: “We have been working with

Merco for a number of years now, and are incredibly happy with the service they provide. They are always available to speak to and are extremely efficient, so were an obvious choice to keep Elysian Fields immaculatelymaintained.” Simon Dresdner, founder ofMerco Services, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded

the Elysian Fields contract.Manchester Ace Property Care share our values of providing a su- perior service and continually striving to be better, and we always enjoy working with them.We look forward to getting started on Elysian Fields andmaking sure that it is kept in the best possible condition.”

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Improving conditions at rugby facility

New Altro Flexiflow resin flooring is proving popular with players at theWelsh Rugby Union’s Vale Resort centre of excellence, by de- livering a high level of warmth and comfort under- foot in a high-tech training environment. Opened in 2009, the £4

million Vale Resort boasts state-of-the-art facilities, in- cluding three full-size out- door pitches, gyms and hi-techmedical and training equipment. AllWelsh inter- national players selected to represent their country at any level train at the site. The Vale Resort is one of

the first sites in the UK to have Altro Flexiflow installed, and this has come about as a direct result of theWRU’s excellent relationship with GR & RG Finishers and Altro. Gary Lucas fromGR & RG Finishers, who installed the Altro Flexiflow flooring, said: “I have worked with theWRU formany years and carried out a number of installations of Altro products on the site - including vinyl and resin flooring, AltroWhiterock wall cladding and ceilings. Altro has always been theWRU’s manufacturer of choice, specifically because of the success of these products. More recently, I knew there was an area of flooring that the club wanted to improve on - 65m2 in theWelsh play- ers’ changing rooms just outside the cryotherapy chamber. It was hard, worn tiles, which were old and very cold and uncomfortable underfoot for the players. Not pleasant to walk on at all. I knew about new Altro Flexiflow and I was confident that it would be a huge im- provement, beingmuch warmer and softer underfoot and less noisy as well. I spoke to Alan Phillips of the WRU and Gareth Skeet, the buildings developmentman- ager at the Vale Resort, and explained to themthe bene- fits of the new product. They agreed to go ahead and we selected the Altro Flexiflow 6mmacoustic version to give maximumcomfort levels un- derfoot.”

The Altro Flexiflow comfort

version also offers robust- ness and flexibility, but with added comfort underfoot. Available in 2mmthickness, this product is great to walk and stand on and is perfect where people are on their feet all day. Altro Flexiflow flooring also

has an acoustic option - which was installed at the Vale Resort - available in 6mmthickness. This has good noise reduction proper- ties and an enhanced level of comfort underfoot, reducing the fatigue caused by long periods of standing on hard floors in areas such as music rooms, libraries, school classrooms and as- sembly rooms. Gareth Skeet, business de-

velopmentmanager at the Vale Resort, said: “The new Altro flooring is alreadymak- ing a huge difference in terms of comfort, warmth and overall wellbeing for players. The old tile flooring outside the cryotherapy chamber was very uncom- fortable, hard and cold un- derfoot, and it became a priority to raise comfort lev- els here because tempera- tures within the cryotherapy chamber can get very low so ensuring players are warm and comfortable as they dress and undress is key. I have seen the new flooring and spoken to players and the feedback is very positive indeed -much warmer, softer andmore comfortable. Everyone is very pleased. The feedback about the flooring in the stretching gymin the high altitude area has also been very good, the new floors are softer underfoot, which in high impact areas is very important for players’ health and comfort. Gary and his teamfromGR & RG Fin- ishers have done a great job for us over the years. They have also created some fan- tastic graphics of theWRU feathers logo in reception and outside the cryotherapy chambers using different coloured Altro flooring. Very skilfully done, it looks su- perb.”

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