• International Workplace
  • 10 September 2020

IWFM COVID-19 Response Award shortlist announced

The IWFM has announced the shortlist for its extra addition to this year's IWFM Impact Awards 2020 – The COVID-19 Response Award. Due to the high level of interest in this special category and the sheer range of projects and stories, the judging panel has decided to split the Award into four groupings, each of which will have a COVID-19 Response Award winner. The categories and nominees are as follows:


1. Keeping good work going

Maintaining productive and connected working environments safely and mindfully when so many are working remotely and in diverse circumstances.

  • Ahead of the Curve – Ashdown Phillips & Partners
  • City and Asda partnership
  • H&S and Estates Services Team – DVLA
  • COVID-19 Response – Lloyds Banking Group and Mitie
  • Team Heathrow – Heathrow Airport London, ISS UK & Mitie


2. Supporting the Community

Positive community impact by leading, supporting or re-purposing through projects large and small.

  • Edmonton Green Shopping Centre: Supporting the Community throughout COVID-19 – Ashdown Phillips & Partners
  • Qwest Services Team – ENGIE & Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Tower Hamlets Schools Team – G4S Facilities Management (UK)
  • Lambeth Council COVID-19 response – London Borough of Lambeth
  • COVID Cleans – Pinnacle Group


 3. On the COVID Frontline

Critical acts of creation or keeping a building, asset or people safe, secure and operational during the lockdown.

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Facilities Team
  • North West Nightingale NHS Hospital Trust FM contract mobilisation – Interserve Group
  • Nightingale Hospital London – ISS
  • Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in partnership with ISS Healthcare
  • Facilities Management Team – NHS Property Services


4. Adapting to new realities

Demonstrating excellence in managing and maintaining key relationships or commitments at a time of adversity.

  • COVID-19 Response – Direct Line Group Property Team
  • Place Checkup – Infraspeak
  • COVID-19 Workplace Risk Assessment Tool – Sitemark
  • University of Greenwich IFM Mobilisation – Sodexo, The University of Greenwich and Gardiner & Theobald LLP
  • Estates Division COVID Recovery Team – University of Cambridge


David Sharp, CEO of International Workplace, is involved as a Lead Judge at the awards again this year, and notes the exceptional number and quality of entrants received for the COVID-19 award, whilst Julie Kortens, Chair of Judges, says:

"There is no doubt that Coronavirus has had a huge impact on our lives, personal and professional, yet, once again, I am immensely proud to see people working in the FM and Workplace arenas who are going above and beyond, often in very difficult and challenging circumstances. Not for the first time, we are seeing that the role of people working in the workplace and facilities management industry never stops. We all know that facilities and workplace professionals are doing their job without any plaudits, so being part of a process that recognises their achievements really can make a difference."

IWFM members, Facilitate readers and peers can now vote for their winners. Voting closes on 22 September at 5pm.

The IWFM Awards ceremony taking place virtually on 12 October and you can register here: