It’s no exaggeration to say that facilities managers need to know something about everything. From building maintenance to environmental services, catering and cleaning to security and space planning, they are tasked with an array of objectives, demands and expectations. But, this hasn’t always been the case.

Facilities management (FM) as a profession and as a sector has evolved from humble beginnings. Starting as little more than caretaker and cleaning services in the 1970s, it is now a discipline far greater, increasingly earning respect amongst company executives as being instrumental in informing strategic decision-making, supporting financial targets and keeping operations running.

So, what does the sector look like now? Where has it come from? And most importantly, where is it heading?

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