PMA Award Winners

We are thrilled to announce that we are the winners of the Net Zero Impact Award at the 2022 Property Management Awards. Having been nominated a few years in a row, coming away with an award has been an accomplishment to everyone not only at Future Fuel but Future Group as a whole. “This incredible accolade simply […]

Wayfinding Signage (The Fire Safety Regulations)

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report noted that in the building, stairwell landings were not clearly marked with the relevant floor number and so fire-fighters were unable to easily identify floors when carrying out their duties. The Inquiry recommended that in all high-rise buildings “floor numbers be clearly marked on each landing within the […]

Lifts & Firefighting Equipment (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022)

When the firefighters attended the fire at Grenfell Tower, they were unable to operate the mechanism that should have allowed them to take control of the lifts. The Inquiry recommended that the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to carry out regular inspections of any lifts that are designed […]

Floor Plans & Building Plans (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022)

The Inquiry following Grenfell recommended that the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to provide the fire and rescue service with up-to-date plans of every floor of the building, identifying the location of key fire safety systems. There are two types of plans; Floor Plans, and Building Plans / […]

Design & Materials of External Walls (The Fire Regulations 2022)

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry noted in the Phase 1 that “A sound understanding of the materials used in the construction of any high-rise building is essential if the fire and rescue service is to be properly prepared to carry out its function in relation to that building. The details about the design and materials of […]

Secure Information Boxes (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022)

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report highlighted that the lack of on-site information available to London Fire Brigade on the night could have further hampered their response had the layout of the building been more complex. The Inquiry recommended that the owner and manager of all high-rise residential buildings be required by law to […]

Fire Door Checks (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022)

Following on from last week’s update, the minimum requirement is for the responsible person to undertake an inspection of the doors to identify any obvious damage or issues. It should not be necessary to engage a specialist for these checks as the responsible person should be able to carry out these checks themselves. However Future […]

Information to Residents: Fire Doors (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022)

New regulations will make it a requirement for all responsible persons of all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with storeys over 11 meters in height to: undertake quarterly checks of all fire doors (including self-closing devices) in the common parts undertake – on a best endeavour basis – annual checks of all flat entrance doors (including […]

Information to Residents: Fire Safety Instructions (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022) 

From the 23rd January 2023, the new regulations will make it a requirement for all responsible persons of all multi-occupied residential buildings in England with two or more sets of domestic premises (and which have common parts), to provide residents with fire safety instructions. Responsible persons will need to provide residents with instructions on: how […]

Fire Risk Assessment Prioritisation Tool (The Fire Safety Regulations 2022)

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022  The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) have been introduced as an important step towards implementing the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report. The Regulations are being introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order and will come into force on 23 January 2023.  Most of the requirements set […]

Has the Energy Crisis Left you Feeling Anxious?

Energy-Saving Techniques from Future Group. Energy Crisis: A phrase we have been hearing repeatedly for the past few months. If you’re feeling anxious, Future Group hopes to help with some practical energy-saving techniques for individuals and Block Managers. With energy bills skyrocketing, many of us are feeling apprehensive about Autumn-Winter 2022. As we’re entering the […]

REMINDER: Fluorescent Lamps to be Removed from Shelves in 2023

It’s always a good time to upgrade your block’s out of date lighting, but NOW is definitely the time to upgrade any fluorescent light fixtures. Following Stage 2 of the Single Lighting Regulation and the updated Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, from February 2023 fluorescent lamps and fittings will no longer be available to […]

EV FUNDING NEWS: THE DIGITAL SERVICE

Due to the current national mourning, the government have updated the release dates for the digital service. Future Fuel are ready for any questions you may surrounding this… All new digital services will now be launched on the 27th of September 2022, including the EV infrastructure grants for both residential properties and staff and fleets […]

Future Fuel are now “Elite Installers” of Easee.

Future Group are delighted to announce that Future Fuel has now been made Elite Installers of Easee charging after three years of tremendously hard work.   ‘An Easee Elite Installer is regarded as one of the finest and most distinguished in their field. A company/person who takes pride in their work, whilst offering the best […]

Future Fuel Project Update: Wycombe Square

Over 90% complete, 10 days ahead of schedule. Future Fuel is very pleased to share that their installations are progressing ahead of schedule at their latest multiple-point EVC solution project located in Kensington, London. Future Fuel had already successfully secured a total of £29,500 on behalf of our client for this project and it is […]

Update: New EV Charging Regulations

The uptake of EV Charging in residential blocks is increasing exponentially, affecting block’s electricity distribution and Future Fuel is ready for what comes next. The first six months for Future Fuel have been bright: funding went live in April allowing 2 OZEV-funded projects to be won within seven days, winning Partner of the Year at […]

Partner of the Year: A Huge Win for Future Group

We are beyond excited to announce that we’ve been awarded ‘Partner of the Year’ by the ARMA Ace Awards at a fun-filled ceremony on the 17th of June 2022. Having won Industry Supplier of the Year in 2017, the Customer Service Award in 2018 and an Unsung Hero Award in 2019, this is now our […]

Future Group Successfully Secure Two OZEV-Funded ChargePoint Projects

We are so pleased to announce that we have been awarded two OZEV-funded projects, just seven days after the delayed funding finally went live. The long-awaited Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) funding has replaced the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) as of the 1st April 2022. Following the funding launch, we have secured two ChargePoint […]

Future Group is shortlisted for Partner of the Year

Future Group is ecstatic to announce we have been shortlisted for Partner of the Year 2022 for the ACE Awards alongside some amazing and influential companies. The Future Team are very excited about the awards night coming up and being held at Old Billingsgate on the 17th of June. This year has been incredible for […]

Future Fuel gives the Facts on EV funding in their Second Online Session

The truth about global warming and the price of fuel is unavoidable… now more than ever leaseholders are recognising the benefits of electric vehicles. Since its launch in 2019, Future Fuel Solutions has become a driving force within the electric vehicle charging community; they are the first independent EV consultancy service available to the leasehold […]

Club Future rocks The Pier

Upon entry to the much-anticipated debut event hosted by Club Future (Future Group’s exclusive club), guests were greeted with bright smiles and trays of champagne flutes. A variety of people whose main forms of communication were emails and LinkedIn likes are now discussing the beautiful weather surrounding The Pier, Bateaux London and across the river […]

Future Security and Future Regeneration team up at Scotts Sufferance Wharf

At Scotts Sufferance Wharf, in Bermondsey, the residents were in dire need of a new and updated security system. The existing system was old with different sized and poorly fitted panels, as well as faulty and messy wiring. JFM contacted Future Security to supply and deliver a replacement video intercom system to multiple blocks at […]

I’ve inherited EV Charge Points – Now What?

If you’re managing a block with developer-fitted EV chargepoints, you may be congratulating yourself for having side-stepped the well-documented problems around installing chargers in residential blocks. In fact, you may not have got off as lightly as you thought says Jamie Willsdon. The market for electric vehicles has really taken off in the last few […]

Future Lighting performs a complete lighting upgrade at Parkview Estate in Woking

Energy-efficient lighting is at the forefront of Future Lighting’s installations and maintenance, they strive to effectively prepare every client and futureproof every site. In 2022, Future Lighting has been carrying out a complete Lighting Upgrade at Parkview Estates in Woking. The upgrade included External Lighting, Internal Lighting, a new Emergency Lighting System & NICEIC remedial […]

Future Group completes the Tough Mudder Challenge!

On April 2nd, 2022, Jordan Begg and Jason Begley – as representatives of Future Group – successfully completed the Tough Mudder challenge, an incredible event and an incredible achievement! For the past few months, Future Group has worked tirelessly to raise money for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, a charity that supports young people fighting cancer […]

Futureproof your block… OZEV UPDATES

Understand the changes and prepare for the Future. If you didn’t already know the Government has committed £1.3bn of funding to help the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructures. EVs are the future and this rollout with help us bring all greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2050! The truth is unavoidable now and property managers […]

Time to re-think block lighting?

Huge hikes in energy prices mean it’s now critical to review lighting efficiency in the blocks you manage, says Jordan Begg When did you last check the efficiency of your block lighting? Energy prices are only going one way so it’s crucial to ensure that residents aren’t paying more than they need to for lighting. […]

Future Group smashes £2,000 fundraising target!

Jordan, Managing Director of Future Group and Jason, operations director, are both taking part in the Tough Mudder Challenge 2022 on the 2nd of April. With just over a week to go, they have smashed their initial target of £1,500 and have now reached their extended target of £2,000! This achievement is amazing, and the […]

How to get the best value from your maintenance contracts…

Does your block have a planned preventative maintenance plan? If not, why not? asks Jamie Willsdon. It could help you budget better and keep angry residents at bay! Post-pandemic it is clear that for many of us money could be tight. Leaseholders are no exception and they will be looking to their property managers to […]

EVs: the future is now

In 2022, facilities specialists the Future Group are launching an independent plug-in vehicle consultancy service. Here’s why. The future of transport is electric. With plug-in vehicle registrations up by almost 80% in 2021, we are all waking up to the fact that our next car or van may be electric. Responding to this growing market, […]

Understand the changes and prepare for the Future.

If you didn’t already know the Government has committed £1.3bn of funding to help the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructures. EVs are the future and this rollout with help us bring all greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2050! The truth is unavoidable now and property managers should prepare their blocks for the wave that […]

Electric vehicle charging: how do we split the bill?

The EV revolution is unstoppable Some older charge points are already becoming obsolete. Jamie Willsdon from Future Fuel has the solution. In the new build sector developers of residential blocks, particularly in the build-to-rent market, have been installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points as standard for several years. Early solutions specified and installed by developers […]

The EV BOOM…

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more common… 22,000 electric vehicles were registered in November, almost double that of November last year (10,345), the share of total sales climbed to 19%. This incredible increase in EV sales has influenced the sales of new cars, so far this year 1.53m new cars have been registered. The […]

Future’s NEW online calculator takes the Pain out of PPMs

The last few months have been really hard for businesses around the country and at Future Group we are no exception. It’s been tough – and with further restrictions ahead this winter is going to be hard for all of us. We couldn’t have got through the last few months without the clients who have […]

New Fire Safety Law

London Fire Brigade calls on housing providers to get ready for new fire safety law. All major housing providers in the capital urged to get plans in place. This legislation, the Fire Safety Bill, clarifies that external walls fall under the fire safety regulations that the Brigade enforces in London under the Regulatory Reform (Fire […]

Property Management 50

The results are in for this year’s Property Management 50! The PM50 awards were created in 2019 to provide a platform for recognition and celebration in what can be a largely thankless industry. The hope is that the awards will help to acknowledge the incredible dedication that has been shown in the face of the […]

£6k initiative to get drivers to switch to electric cars

UK drivers could get up to £6k via a taxpayer-funded scheme to switch to electric vehicles. A new initiative is being considered by the British Government which could offer drivers up to £6k to swap their traditional petrol engine car to new cleaner electric vehicles. This is a new idea to help relaunch the economy […]

The pros of LED Lighting at Westminster Bridge Road

It is our responsibility to save our planet. Every business is striving to cut their CO2 emissions to do their part. One way to cut these emissions is by swapping your block lighting to energy-efficient LED lights. Lighting accounts for almost 5% of global CO2 emissions, but even this is too much… If the planet […]

LANDLORDS BEWARE

After years of campaigning to improve electrical safety standards in the private rented sector (PRS) draft regulations have now been laid before Parliament to ensure all PRS properties meet minimum Electrical Safety Standards. Subject to the due parliamentary process, these regulations are to come into force for new tenancies from 1st July 2020, and for […]

Lights Out: A tale of light versus dark

Imagine living with any form of artificial lighting. Think of how black the night sky would have been and how difficult to do anything after sunset. Roads would have been treacherous, not just from potholes, ditches and mud but also sewage, dead animals and those lying in wait for unsuspecting travellers. In the twenty-first century, […]

LED Warranties: Why pay more?

Property managers should check the small print when commissioning LEDs, says Future Lighting Managing Director Jamie Willsdon. Some warranties are not all they seem… Where LED lighting is concerned, all warranties are not created equal. There are as many different guarantees on the market as there are manufacturers out there. With bold claims being made […]

All that glitters…

What’s the problem with block lighting? Jamie Willsdon takes a closer look. Picture the scene – a new development is ready for sale and one of the first prospective buyers turns up in the evening to view. It’s an impressive sight; everything is brand new and the areas around the common walkways and drive glitter […]

FutureProofing

FutureProofing Costs, Energy & Lighting Block managers have their work cut out. Residential lighting is vital to the safety and wellbeing of everyone using any building. The problems associated with meeting these expectations are: cost-savings, efficiency and repairs. These can be an ongoing headache when aiming to provide lighting on demand day in, day out… […]