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What agreement are you entering
into?
The agreement should cover key areas
such as payments between the parties
and responsibility for upkeep, insurance
and other outgoings. Moreover, you will
want the guardian company to agree to
give you back possession on a fixed
date or on giving a specified period of
notice. You may want to obtain legal
advice before signing up.
it more likely that a court will view an
arrangement as a licence rather than a
tenancy include the guardian company
having staff at the building who regularly
access occupiers’ rooms, and supplying
services such as cleaning and the
provision of clean bedlinen to the
occupiers.
Corporate social responsibility and
reputational risks –
Are you satisfied that the living
What form of agreement does the conditions
offered
to
resident
guardian company offer individual “guardians” are acceptable in terms of
guardians?
your company’s ethics and that your
If it is to be a genuine licence, it should company’s reputation is not at risk.
not only be labelled a “licence” but
include provisions, for example, With these lessons in mind, the use of
allowing the guardian company to move property guardians could well realise the
the individual to a different room from ambition of mutual benefit – rather than
time to time. Other features that make
resulting in costly and time-consuming
disputes.
Ian Craig is a partner and Louise
Kellaway is a professional support
lawyer in the Real Estate department
of Stevens & Bolton LLP.
This information is necessarily brief and is not
intended to be an exhaustive statement of the
law. It is essential that professional advice is
sought before any decision is taken.
Reader Reply: 207013
ABM UK Strengthens its Museum Portfolio with
Museum of London Contract Win
A
BM UK, a leading provider of
facilities solutions, has been
awarded a four-year contract
with the Museum of London at its
London Wall, Docklands and Hackney-based sites.
The total contract value is £2.4m over
the four-year term, with the option for
both parties to extend the contract for a
further two years.
ABM UK will supply the Museum of
London's three locations with seven
staff
members,
who
will
provide planned preventative maintena
nce and reactive works, with a specific
focus on mechanical, technical, plumbing and building fabric maintenance.
Andy Donnell, group managing director
of ABM UK, commented: “ABM UK is
exceptionally
proud
to
be
working with the Museum of London,
which is one of the capital's major tourist attractions. It's imperative that the
Museum of London is continually in
optimum operating condition – ABM UK
has the necessary technical, mechanical and energy efficiency expertise to
ensure
that
visitors
enjoy
the museums in comfortable and well-lit
surroundings.
"ABM UK's parent company, ABM was
founded in 1902, and we believe that
our understanding and appreciation of
just how important history is to an organisation will stand us in good stead in
supplying the Museum of London with
an outstanding service."
ABM UK will also provide the Museum
of London with an energy manager,
who will be based on-site at the three
locations for two days per week, and a
part-time apprentice. The energy manager’s role will be to ensure that the
three properties' energy usage remains
as
efficient
as
possible
to
maximise
operating
cost
savings. ABM UK will support the Museum of London’s education of young
talent through apprenticeship placements throughout the contract term.
The Museum of London – an amalgamation of the Guildhall Museum and the
London Museum – was established after the Second World War, and was
officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II at its current London Wall location in 1976. The museum unveiled a
second site – the Museum of London
Docklands – in 2003. The two museums tell the story of the world's greatest
city and its people, from prehistoric times to the present
day, and has plans to move to
a
new
location
in West Smithfield by 2022.
Fiona
Wilson,
project
director at the Museum of
London, commented: “From
the outset, ABM UK demonstrated total understanding
and empathy of what it takes
for a museum of our heritage
to function properly, and a
requirement
that
our
high standards should never slip. We
were
particularly
impressed
by ABM UK’s focus on its people, investment in technology and commitment to supporting the museum’s
strategic objectives.
"We are committed to ensuring our
properties remain as energy-efficient as
possible. We are confident that ABM
UK's team will employ the company's
advanced know-how to ensure our
three buildings are as green as they can
be."
ABM UK has extensive experience
working with heritage sites, and counts
the London Transport Museum in
Covent Garden, the River & Rowing
Museum
in
Henley-onThames, and the Honourable Society of
Middle Temple, as existing clients, and
at
which
it
delivers
cleaning
and mechanical & electrical services.
Reader Reply: 207111
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