Edge Hill University’s ingenious ‘FM Building Buddies’ project which was designed to help deploy Covid-19 safety measures across campus has been nominated for an industry award. 

The IWFM award shortlisting in the ‘Product or Service Development’ category recognises a stand-out product, or service, which, has had a positive impact on the workplace. 

Created by Facilities Management, the team invented the role of the FM Building Buddy who were enlisted to work closely with colleagues to arrange bespoke health and safety measures within buildings quickly and efficiently to ensure the University could continue teaching and learning during the pandemic. 

Director of Facilities Management Adrian McGillion said: “The pandemic has been a tough time for everyone and for the Edge Hill FM team it has meant dealing with new challenges, but they have risen to these challenges and have led the way to provide solutions, implement new safety measures and also take care of our Edge Hill students, colleagues and wider community. 

“The FM Building Buddies project looked very simple on the surface but was essential to allowing students to carry on learning, which has been our main focus throughout the pandemic. 

“It’s a real honour to have the efforts of the whole team recognised with this IWFM award nomination and is a real testament to the hard work and ingenuity of staff.”  

Feedback and insight from the Building Buddies directly enhanced the decisions made by the Institution and ensured staff concerns were addressed. This initiative proved to be innovative because it recognised the need to proactively prepare the campus for the long-term effects of the pandemic and the need to involve staff at all levels in this endeavour – raising this to the highest levels of the University.  

The IWFM Impact Awards is the workplace and facilities management industry’s most prestigious event; it celebrates and showcases outstanding best practice and ingenuity from an influential profession which touches many areas of life, including some of the greatest challenges facing economies and communities across the globe. 

The 2021 Awards Ceremony will take place on the 11 October 2021 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. Visit iwfmawards.org for more. 

The Facilities Management team take care of Edge Hill’s award-winning campus, it is a unique area full of green spaces containing a variety of plants and wildlife. To experience it for yourself book an open day or tour using this link – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/