Facilities Management

We have a wealth of experience in acting for a range of clients on hard and soft facilities management contracts, in both traditional PFI and other partnership and PPP procurement structures.

Our facilities management team combines expertise in outsourcing, partnership and joint venture contracts with specialist expertise in facilities management-related areas including real estate, construction and engineering, employment, insurance, IP, corporate structuring and tax.

We advise on facilities management contracts including:

  • Repairs and maintenance – responsive repairs, planned and cyclical repairs and replacements
  • IT services
  • Back-office services, business processes, data centres and managed communication/call handling
  • Catering
  • Cleaning
  • Estate management
  • Residential property and tenant management
  • Transport and logistics
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Medical supplies
  • Specialist manufacturing and engineering
  • Professional support services
  • Other specialist procurements of products or services

We are experienced in developing contracts to bring together multiple services or to outsource facilities management in what is sometimes called a ‘total FM’ solution. We support clients who are outsourcing FM for the first time or re-procuring contracts. We are able to use the various industry standard form contracts, Government FM contracts employed by the public sector, or to develop bespoke contracts, including partnering arrangements.

Where needed, our strength in project advisory work and dispute management enables us to provide clients with early advice on a problem and access to a range of dispute resolution options.

We have worked in various specialist sectors, including:

  • Hospitals and community health centres
  • Schools, colleges and local education authorities
  • Utilities and energy projects, including nuclear and renewables, oil and gas pipelines
  • Defence, security and military facilities
  • Hotels
  • Housing, student and defence accommodation
  • Sports stadiums and event venues
  • Media
  • Transport, including rail, bus and airports
  • Water and sewage treatment
  • Waste and process plants

Fladgate LLP’s clients include developers, hotel chains, leisure operators, institutional investors, consultants and specialist contractors.

Legal 500
  • Morrison Facilities Management Ltd – substantial dispute over the provision of FM services throughout the South East, contract termination and KPIs.
  • Irish Government – outsourcing of its FM contracts for planned and reactive maintenance of stations, infrastructure and rolling stock in relation to the €4bn Dublin Metro North light rail infrastructure project.
  • Pinnacle PSG, as housing services, soft FM, provider – Myatts Field North Housing PFI in the London Borough of Lambeth.
  • Advising Gleeson – hard FM contracts for maintenance of the assets forming the Cheshire Extra Care Housing PFI project involving more than 400 accommodation units across five sites over a 30 year period.
  • Carillion – hard FM services contract for the maintenance and operation of a highly sensitive and secure military facility over 25 years at the Ministry of Defence’s military headquarters.
  • BBC Worldwide – terms of appointment of the FM provider for a range of hard and soft FM services across its estate including detailed transitional arrangements between the old and new providers.
  • B&W Energy GBMH – 25 year FM agreements for the planned and reactive maintenance of substantial electricity generation infrastructure located on three Thames Water operational sites around the UK.