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Guide Dogs awards hard FM contract to EQUANS

EQUANS, (the new name for ENGIE’s services-led activity) has been awarded a 3-year hard services facilities management (FM) contract by Guide Dogs, the UK charity for people with sight loss.

EQUANS will initially provide services to six large freehold sites, including their headquarters in Reading and two smaller sites which house community-based teams. There is also potential to increase the scope to further sites across the UK in the future.  

Under the new partnership, EQUANS will be responsible for technical and environmental services delivered to SFG20 standards. With an overall objective to improve levels of service whilst ensuring full building compliance, EQUANS will also look at ways of reducing cost and ensuring investments made to improve buildings are maximised.  Ultimately, the outsourcing of the hard services FM will enable Guide Dogs to focus fully on their core mission of providing services which support visually impaired people across the country.

As the partnership evolves, there are also plans to explore further service options for smaller Guide Dogs locations, that do not have their own maintenance staff and potential for EQUANS to assist with property-related capital expenditure projects. EQUANS will also look at opportunities to support Corporate Social Responsibility and fundraising initiatives.

Guide Dogs was looking to appoint a trusted partner that would not just deliver service and maintenance but would also take responsibility for building compliance and safety - adding value to the charity’s activities through the services provided. I am delighted we were able to satisfy all of those requirements and we are looking forward to supporting them in their journey ahead.”
Scott Birch EQUANS UK & Ireland Regional Managing Director
We want to support more people with sight loss as effectively as possible and having the right facilities management to help us provide our range of services is key. Joining forces with a company with proven expertise allows us to focus on our core activity. We are confident that, in appointing EQUANS, we are teaming up with a partner that will help us reach more people with sight loss.
Ann Hoskyns Head of Facilities for Guide Dogs


EQUANS is the world leader in multi-technical services with 74,000 employees, in 17 country hubs and an annual turnover of over 12 billion euros.

EQUANS designs, installs and provides customised solutions to improve the technical equipments, systems and processes of its clients and to optimise their use through their energy, industrial and digital transitions. Thanks to a strong territorial footprint through historical local brands and an excellent technical know-how in their clients’ businesses, EQUANS' highly-qualified experts are able to support territories, cities, industries, buildings in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), Cooling and Fire protection, Facility Management, Digital & ICT, Electrical, Mechanical & Robotics.

EQUANS is the number one company on the main European markets (France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK) and is also well ranked in the US and in Latin America. EQUANS is a separate entity of ENGIE.

About EQUANS UK & Ireland

In the UK & Ireland, EQUANS brings together ENGIE’s services-led activity under a new brand.  All of ENGIE’s UK & Ireland activity in technical services & facilities management, energy efficiency and construction & regeneration are now part of EQUANS – along with our specialist energy related capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

EQUANS UK & Ireland is a £2 billion revenue business, employing 13,500 people.  With the mission to connect, power and protect, to build an efficient, safe and connected world - EQUANS combines its expertise to empower governments, businesses and communities to fully embrace the energy, digital and industrial transitions that are reshaping the way we use energy, as well as move, work and live.