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Shopping centre gets Global FM award

thecentre:mk has been awarded the Silver Award for Excellence in Facilities Management (FM) at the Global FM awards for Excellence. The award highlights one of thecentre:mk’s varied sustainability initiatives and involved facing 13 shortlisted entrants from five continents. This follows on from thecentre:mk’s success at the 2009 British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards, where it won the “Sustainability and Environmental Impact” section and it’s work with other shopping centres advising on environmental initiatives.

The Global FM Awards for Excellence in Facilities Management recognise efforts by individuals or teams within the FM industry, who have improved the workplace environment and sustainable performance of their facilities. The awards were announced on World FM day which involved International associations from around the world including North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Africa. thecentre:mk achieved the Silver award, coming third for a Facilities Management initiative, it was also the only one in the top three with an environmental element.

The awards are intended to recognize the “best of the best” within the FM world and promote the strategic value and progress of facilities management. Three levels of recognition were awarded at the global event: Platinum Award for Excellence in FM, Gold Award for Excellence in FM and Silver Award for Excellence in FM. The Gold Award for Excellence in FM went to Cisco France, whilst the Platinum Award for Excellence in FM went to the Department for Children, Schools and Families and EC Harris in the UK.

“The team at thecentre:mk are absolutely delighted with news,” commented Dan Murphy, Head of Operations for thecentre:mk. “The award is a wonderful justification of all the sustainability initiatives we have implemented onsite over the past few years including our paper, plastic & cardboard recycling and our rain water collection programme. Already, some of the schemes we’ve implemented have been picked up other shopping centres around the UK and the team from thecentre:mk have even visited some of them to advise on the potential issues, saving time and hopefully increasing efficiency.”