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Innovation takes centre stage at Facilities Management Awards 2022

Sector tackled pandemic challenges with dedication, determination and professionalism

Facilities Management is a fundamental support structure essential to so many businesses and industries across Ireland, offering a wide variety of services spanning security to maintenance right through to cleaning, to name just a few.

The vital role played by this sector was even more obvious as the pandemic took hold, and the 2022 Facilities Management Awards showcase the management, planning, execution and collaboration that were instrumental in allowing businesses across the nation to continue operating safely.

The sector was well-represented at the awards across the 19 prestigious trophies handed out on March 24th. The hard work poured into each entry was clear and impressive. With more than 32 companies featured at the Awards, the Irish sector showed that it leads by example.

The deserving winners were announced during a hybrid event with a live audience attending the gala event at Dublin’s Radisson Blu Royal Hotel and others attending an interactive virtual ceremony, which was hosted by broadcaster and comedian Colm O’Regan.

Now in its ninth year, the Awards were supported by a wide range of sponsoring businesses. One such sponsor was Tork, an Essity brand. "Tork are proud to once again sponsor the FM Awards," said sales director Liam Smith. "Improving cleaning quality, efficiency and providing a healthy work environment has become the No 1 priority for facility managers and we are supporting businesses across Ireland with the tools, services and expertise needed to make everyone feel safe.

“The opportunity to once again meet face to face at this fantastic event was welcomed by all, and we would like to applaud all the awards finalists, with particular congratulations to the winners.”

Another of this year's sponsors was Sodexo. "We were delighted to be a sponsor to the Facilities Management Awards 2022," said managing director David Fox. "The past year has been exceptionally challenging for everyone in the FM industry in so many ways. It was great to see so many finalists and to hear all of the positive stories of transformation and innovation. Congratulations to all involved and a special well done to the winners."

Another Awards sponsor was Mitie, whose managing director, Les Sheridan, said: "Mitie were delighted to sponsor the FM Awards 2022 and congratulations to all the finalists and winners on the night. Supporting this event is important for us because we understand what it takes to be successful. The event gives a lot of positive attention to our brand. And winning Total FM Service Provider for the second year in a row was a proud moment for Mitie and is a testament to the fantastic work our teams do."

Speaking at the awards, Kevin O’Driscoll, director Partnership Programmes, BusinessRiver said: “Events like this are made possible through the support of sponsors. We are thankful to our 2022 sponsors, which included Tork, Sodexo, Mitie, CBRE, H&J Martin, Berka Solutions, Portobello Institute, Kärcher, AVK Ireland, Synergy Security Solutions, Authenticate, MKF, William Cox and Aiken Insurances. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area.’

One of the many trophies handed out on the day went to Pro-Tect Design & Technology. Head of sales David Goodall was delighted with the win: “Pro-Tect are very honoured that our Medical-Grade Air Purifiers have won the Innovation in Technology & Systems – Providers category at FM Awards 2022. This award recognises the quality of our Clean Air Technology and its significance as a key health and wellbeing tool within the Facilities Management sector.”

Another worthy winner was Sensori FM. “We are delighted to receive such distinguished industry recognition,” said managing director Mark Cullen. “We would like to thank all involved for a fantastic night of collaboration and celebration. We look forward to the year ahead pursuing our continued commitment to service excellence. Our focus remains collaborating with our clients and strategic partners as we collectively strive towards implementing sustainable FM solutions. Congratulations to all winners and finalists from all at Sensori FM.”

Falcon Green was also a finalist this year. Said general manager Daniel McGivern: “Falcon Green are delighted to be shortlisted for Cleaning Provider of the Year. This shortlist is an exciting prospect and highlights our work to the leaders in FM industry.”

The 2022 judging panel

  • John Cunniffe (judging co-ordinator), estate services manager, The Bar of Ireland
  • Fionnuala Byrne, director of facilities, EMEA, Google
  • Richard Davies, CEO & founder, Evbex
  • Lily Ellis, regional director, JLL
  • Ken Gormley, chief estates and facilities officer & energy performance officer, RCSI
  • Michelle Kelleher, EMEA workplace manager, Airbnb
  • Eoin Manley, head of facilities, Boyle Sports
  • Mark Mobach, professor, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen & The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
  • Andrew Mullen, group facilities & H&S manager, The iNUA Collection
  • Cormac O'Loughlin, national facilities manager, Irish Water
  • Pat O'Sullivan, director of support services, eir
  • Michael Pitt, professor of FM Innovation, University College London
  • Collette Skerritt, head of workplace & facilities, Investec Europe
  • Conan Wade, group property & facilities director, OASIS Group

The full list of 2022 winners

Innovation in Technology & Systems – End Users (sponsored by Tork)
Winner: MCG Facilities Management Ireland

Innovation in Technology & Systems – Providers (sponsored by Williaam Cox)
Winner: Pro-Tect Design & Technology

Best People Development in Facilities Management
Winner: Mentoring Playbook – CBRE

Cleaning Service Provider of the Year (sponsored by Kärcher)
Winner: Apleona HSG

Specialist FM Service Provider of the Year (sponsored by Sodexo)
Winner: Sensori FM

Excellence in Health & Safety (sponsored by H&J Martin)
Winner: Mitie Facilities Management

Excellence in Sustainability (sponsored by Berka Solutions & Portobello Institute)
Winner: An Post

COVID-19 Crisis Response Award
Winner: Sodexo Team at Diageo

The FM Workspace Transformation Award (sponsored by Mitie Facilities Management)
Winner: MCG Facilities Management Ireland

FM Team of the Year- In-house (sponsored by Mitie Facilities Management)
Winner: Workplace Team – KPMG

FM Team of the Year – Service Provider (sponsored by Aiken Insurances)
Winner: Sensori FM Team at Dunnes Stores

Client & Service Provider Partnership of the Year (sponsored by MKF)
Winner: Courts Service & BAM FM

Facilities Management CSR Initiative of the Year (sponsored by CBRE)
Winner: Mitie Facilities Management

FM Project of the Year – Public Sector (sponsored by Authenticate)
Winner: An Garda Síochána Uniforms Project – Office of Government Procurement

FM Professional of the Year
Winner: Bernadette McManamon – CBRE

Property Management Company of the Year (sponsored by Synergy Security Solutions)
Winner: Aramark Property

Total FM Service Provider of the Year (sponsored by AVK Ireland)
Winner: Mitie Facilities Management

Facilities Management Leader 2022 (sponsored by Sodexo)
Winner: Eileen Slamon

Overall Excellence in Facilities Management (sponsored by Tork)
Winner: Sensori FM