The Benefits of a Building Maintenance Strategy

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All businesses with infrastructure will need maintenance work at some point in time. The ageing of structures, alongside general wear and tear, means the need for repair work is inevitable. The idea of having a building maintenance strategy isn’t entirely new, but when you look at your own business needs, is worth considering? What approach to building maintenance would best suit your business? Let us consider the two different methods.

What is Planned Maintenance?

Planned maintenance is precisely that. It is pre-budgeted and planned repair work. By implementing a planned maintenance service, businesses can schedule repair tasks to maintain optimal business operations and prevent asset failure. The execution of planned maintenance by trained experts such as building surveyors or contractors reduces production downtime and business disruption, keeping profits high. A planned maintenance method also gives businesses time to designate the required resources for specific projects. These resources can include staffing, tooling or even financial.

Another thing worth considering is the health and safety aspects. By scheduling asset maintenance, your appointed team will have everything they need on hand, further improving repair time and efficiency. As a byproduct of planning your asset maintenance, you may see fewer production setbacks, accidents and lower long-term overheads. The main drawback of this approach is the considerable investment of time and resources during the planning phase and lowering efficiency in the short-term, but in the long-term makes asset repair faster and maintains production performance.

The Benefits of planned maintenance

  • Higher long-term production rates.
  • Minimal business disruption.
  • Lower long-term overheads.
  • Better budget control.

What is Responsive Maintenance?

Responsive maintenance is different. Assets operate until there is a significant or noticeable issue; it is at this point maintenance occurs.

It is fair to say significant and unexpected downtime is more than a nuisance. this issue affects your staff, productivity, and balance sheet, but perhaps most importantly, it affects your customer base. The need for maintenance is unpredictable at best, and it means the availability of specialist operatives and equipment is equally as unreliable. As a result, this approach will lead to unplanned expenses and a loss of productivity.

The Benefits of Responsive Maintenance

  • Reduction in maintenance planning time
  • Smaller Labour cost
  • Lower initial cost

With a responsive maintenance strategy, you may find repair costs are much higher. In addition to this, emergency repair work is more often than not prioritised at the expense of planned works, which are pushed back or scrapped altogether and can lead to more long-term problems.

We understand all businesses are different, but from our experience, preventative actions dramatically reduce the need to react to significant repair and maintenance works, and we would generally advise this course of action.

FSC Building Maintenance Service

If you are ready to review your building maintenance strategy or need a reliable service, Food Sector Construction provides a professional building maintenance and repair service across the UK.

Our maintenance service includes:

  • Maintenance strategy advice
  • Skilled operatives and contractors
  • Technical support and assistance
  • Supplier management and procurement
  • 24/7, 365 call-outs

For further information and advice on building maintenance, contact us online or call us on 01472 355454.

Completed building maintenance refurbishment project at Young's Seafood factory

Updating staff amenities is a great example of how a planned maintenance strategy can be utilised.

Food Sector Construction employee on a cherry picker performing building maintenance work on Ross House, Headquarters of Youngs Seafood, Grimsby

No matter which strategy you opt for, there will always be an unexpected need to repair infrastructure.

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