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Lusso secures £3m contract with AECOM


Lusso, the specialist City caterer and part of CH&Co Group, has added the US-based multinational engineering firm, AECOM, to its client portfolio, continuing its successful period of growth. The new three-year contract, worth


approximately £3million in turnover, will see Lusso provide quality catering, hospitality and concierge services for 1,200 AECOM employees at its new London head office in Aldgate Tower. Lusso will bring its expertise, Food


Philosophy – the ethos that focuses on seasonality, sustainability, provenance and partnering with small local suppliers, and quality food and service offer to a variety


of areas, including concierge, staff café, tea point consumables, and refreshments for an extensive hospitality and events service. Following an in-depth tender process,


Lusso beat stiff competition to secure the contract. The team stood out for its innovative catering and service proficiency and solutions, and for clearly demonstrating that it understood AECOM culturally. AECOM was also impressed by Lusso’s strength in concierge services, and by the site visits that showcased the company’s approach in action. Paul Hurren, managing director for Lusso, said: “AECOM is a fantastic addition


to the Lusso portfolio and I congratulate the team on an exemplary tender process. As well as presenting a quality proposition of delicious, sustainable food and excellent service that understood and matched AECOM’s requirements, we showed that we understood them on a cultural level too. This combination is a great foundation for building a strong client relationship. “It’s been an incredible year of growth


for Lusso but delivering the very best for our clients remains at the heart of what we do. We look forward to forging an exciting, progressive partnership with AECOM, and to bringing quality, innovative solutions to its employees.”


Standard for fire safety in commercial buildings revised


BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS 9999:2017 Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of practice. The revised standard is intended to provide good practice to safeguard the lives of building occupants and fire-fighters. BS 9999 provides recommendations and guidance on the provision of measures to control or mitigate the effects of fire, including business continuity and the environment. The primary objective of the standard


is to ensure that a reasonable standard of life safety can be achieved in the event of fire in the building. The revised standard is applicable to the design of new buildings, and to material alterations, extensions and material change of use of an existing building. BS 9999 has been revised to align the


standard with current good practice, new technology, and consistency with other fire recently revised safety standards, namely BS


26 fmuk


9990 and BS 9991. The main changes in BS 9999 over the standard it replaces are: • An inclusion of a flowchart showing the sequential steps in the design process, to assist users in the application of the standard


• Revised clause on fire safety management with references to PAS 7





Inclusion of watermist fire suppression systems


• Expansion of the guidance on voice alarms


• Expansion of fire growth rates table to provide more information


The revised standard also features


updated recommendations for smoke and heat control; fire curtain barrier assemblies; mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning systems; shopping complexes; and ducting. Users of this British Standard are likely to work within the design environment


associated with a particular construction project governed by legislation, processes, constraints, programmes and deliverables that might vary dependent on premises type, location, client and regulatory requirements. BS 9999 will be of use to architects;


building managers; fire safety engineers; fire risk assessors; building control personnel; fire and rescue personnel; installers of fire and smoke alarms, sprinklers and smoke and heat control systems; and inspectorate for certification and installation schemes. BS 9999 is not applicable to the following


types of buildings, which are covered in BS 9991: dwellings (single-family dwelling houses, self-contained flats or maisonettes); and residential accommodation blocks (e.g. for students or hospital staff), with individual bedrooms and the provision of kitchen/ sanitary facilities constructed within a fire compartment.


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