What is Facilities Management Contracting?
Produced in partnership with Karen Clarke of CMS
What is Facilities Management Contracting?

The following Construction guidance note Produced in partnership with Karen Clarke of CMS provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is Facilities Management Contracting?
  • A strategic approach to service provision
  • What makes FM different?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of FM contracting

This Practice Note looks at facilities management (FM) contracting, including what it is and its advantages and disadvantages.

A strategic approach to service provision

FM contracting is essentially a commercial services contract arrangement, whether that be for:

  1. 'Hard FM' which relates to the maintenance and fabric of a building such as mechanical and electrical services

  2. 'Soft FM' which relates to support services within a building such as cleaning, security and helpdesking

  3. 'Total FM' packages which may combine a number of hard and soft FM services

The value of FM contracting as a contractual vehicle is shown to be both economic and operational as it enables businesses to use FM contracting in a strategic and tactical manner to redefine its own business activities.

What makes FM different?

What sets FM apart as an industry of service providers is the fact that the FM contractor and the client are entering into a binding contractual arrangement under which the FM contractor will undertake to carry out services which were traditionally carried out by the client itself.

This makes the FM contract complex in nature as it must capture deal with the intrica

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