Building Management System

A building management system (BMS) is a computer-based control system that controls and monitors mechanical and electrical equipment, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

A complex system of inputs (which measures elements like temperature and alarms) and outputs (which connect to values and pumps) is programmed to achieve the desired environment. For example, as a sensor measures a fall in temperature, the control system responds by opening a heating valve.

A BMS is installed in each of around 60 buildings across the University’s functional estate that have complex heating, cooling or ventilation systems, including all new buildings.

All are linked to a central computer at the Malthouse to enable system maintenance by our BMS Engineer, supported by specialist contractors. Department users can also access their own building’s BMS online.

Need help?

To request a repair or report a fault with your building’s BMS, visit the Helpdesk (if you are an authorised user) or contact your Building Manager.

To request online access to your building’s BMS or for more information and advice about installing a BMS in your building, contact John Atkins, Building Management Systems Senior Engineer by emailing

For advice or guidance relating to building management systems or preferred suppliers, please email


Standing Orders

For general guidance on the split of responsibilities between departments and Estates Services refer to the Standing Orders.


Contact us

John Atkins
Building Management Systems Senior Engineer