The Future of Local Authority Estates and Assets

local government

08:45 - 16:10

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Central London

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This Forum enables attendees to understand how to maximise the impact of the public sector estate. Attendees will also hear about the latest round of Government funding through the One Public Estate Programme and will hear from best practice local authority case studies that have utilised the public sector estate to transform local communities and enhance public service delivery.


The Forum is specifically designed for estates and facilities professionals within Local Government including Directors and Deputy Directors of Estates and Facilities, Directors of Operations, Directors of Sustainability, Estates Project Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Heads of Commercial Development, Heads of Corporate Services, Service Transformation Managers, Audit Managers, Asset Managers, Performance Teams, Heads of Procurement and Business Development Managers. This Forum is also open to the Private Sector to encourage networking and partnerships.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Samantha Ulyatt, Category Commercial Director, Crown Commercial Service
  • Ian Gray, IAM UK Chair, Institute of Asset Management
  • David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA
*Click here to see the other speakers and detailed programme*


Policy Background

In 2015/16, the total running cost for the central public sector estate was approximately £2.55 billion, covering an area of 8 million m2. With local councils set to see central funding fall by 77% between 2015- 2020, as stated by the Local Government Association (LGA), there is an ever greater emphasis placed on the need for local authorities and partners to pool resources, integrate services and generate local growth to ensure that local public service provision does not suffer and indeed improves. Since 2010 the Government Property Unit (GPU), now the Office for Government Property, has overseen the collection of over £3 billion capital receipts from the sale of surplus land and property.

For this reason, last year, following the 2013 launch of the One Public Estate (OPE) programme in 12 pilot areas by the GPU and the LGA, the Government announced an additional £8.7 million funding for 56 council-led partnerships to improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free up land for thousands of new homes. With 90% of all councils now participating in the OPE programme, in addition to funding, they will be in receipt of practical and technical support to deliver ambitious property-led transformation programmes. It is expected that those councils that joined before 2017 deliver at least £158 million in reduced running costs savings, £615 million in capital receipts, 44,000 jobs and release land for 25,000 homes.

If councils are to meet OPE criteria and build effective partnerships they must ensure that they obtain senior buy-in, establish strong governance structures, and record details of all properties on the electronic Property Information Mapping Service (ePIMS) database. It is now of paramount importance that local authorities provide the agile and integrated public services that communities so desperately need as such, local authorities, LEPs and local public service providers must work together to rationalise public services, maximise publicly owned land and redesign public services imaginatively to the benefit of local communities.

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Registration, Refreshments & Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Mark Barrow, Visiting Professor, Urban Policy and Development, Birmingham City University (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Understanding the Government’s Plans to Maximise the Impact of Public Sector Estates

  • Outlining the aims and ambitions of the forthcoming 2018 Government Estates Strategy
  • Ensuring that the public sector estate is cost-effective, promoting the delivery of integrated public services and exploiting surplus land property for growth through providing technical and practical support and funding to local councils
  • Driving ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with Central Government and other public sector partners, to create economic growth, and generate efficiencies through capital receipts and reduced running costs
  • Sharing the findings from the 2017 Progress on the Government Estate Strategy report and the latest State of the Estate Report for 2015/16

Jamie Turner, Deputy of Director of Strategy, Office of Government Property (invited)


Special Keynote: Outlining the Prospects for the Expansion of the One Public Estate Programme

  • Sharing the lessons from the One Public Estate (OPE) 12 pilot programmes with a view to optimising future development of the public sector estate
  • Highlighting the pathways for receiving government funding and practical and technical support to deliver ambitious property-led transformation programmes
  • Understanding how the One Public Estate (OPE) programme ties in with aims to (i) improve asset efficiency and increase land for housing, (ii) make professional asset management services widely available across Government and (iii) deliver the government hubs programme

Kirsty Rouillard, Programme Manager, One Public Estate (OPE) Programme, Office of Government Property (invited)


Special Keynote: Effectively Implementing Government Estate and Asset Management Initiatives

  • Bringing together policy, advice and direct buying to provide commercial services to the public sector and save money for the taxpayer generating commercial benefits including savings of between £200 million and £250 million
  • Transitioning from council-owned land to housing construction: Understanding how to make best use of and deploy the Land Release Fund, of which a further £45 million was announced in February 2018
  • Increasing savings for the taxpayer by pooling buying requirements for common goods and services
  • Implementing the digital transformation programme, successfully navigating the ePIMS database which will help to improve service delivery and support the launch of the Crown Marketplace

Samantha Ulyatt, Category Commercial Director, Crown Commercial Service (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Taking a Cost-Effective Joint-Working Approach to Public Estate Regeneration

  • Unlocking the potential of the site by working with the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, the University of Westminster and Network Homes Ltd to provide infrastructure renewal, commercial revenue streams and make Northwick Park a landmark destination
  • Building consensus around aims to not be constrained by the physical boundaries of the site whilst also reducing running costs, increasing efficiencies and maximising land values
  • Focusing on firming up governance and project management arrangements as well as mapping out property assets and strengthening relationships with external consultants
  • Developing a communications strategy to ensure that the partnership’s clear message and vision are shared and to inform transformational improvements to other hospital sites within the borough


Case Study: Delivering Cost-Efficient, Joined-Up Public Services Through a Community Hubs Network

  • Developing a network of community hubs enabling public bodies such as the council, police, NHS Property Services, fire and rescue services and the ambulance service, to create a single and sustainable community hub workforce capable of flexibly managing a landscape of evolving challenges
  • Co-locating public bodies to develop an agile and joined up approach to the delivery of services – improving the access and overall services for all users, and potentially generating up to £3.3 million in capital receipts by 2020
  • Taking a 3 phase approach: (i) establishing 5 initial sites (ii) initiating 18 refurbishment schemes (iii) extending the community hub approach to 25 sites with additional pop-up services and mobile provision
  • Increasing hub usage with one reporting a 95% increase and a 31% increase in the use of enhanced ICT facilities with a potential to generate up to £3.3 million in capital receipts by 2020


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Enhancing Professional Development Opportunities for the Estate and Asset Management Workforce

  • Outlining the IAM vision for workforce development in the IAM 2015-2018 Strategic Plan and reporting back on successful initiatives at the local level
  • Utilising best practice initiatives from international estate management colleagues to help improve skills development within the sector
  • Increasing knowledge and generating awareness of the benefits of a professional approach to asset management for individuals, organisations and local communities through the knowledge base
  • Highlighting formal and informal training schemes, events and qualifications that can facilitate professional development and career pathways throughout an individual’s career

Ian Gray, IAM UK Chair, Institute of Asset Management (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Working In Partnership to Cater for Local Regeneration Needs

  • Working in collaboration with Plymouth City Council, Network Rail, Great Western Railway (GWR) and Plymouth University to deliver the Plymouth Railway Station Project that aims to redevelop the station and the passenger experience
  • Obtaining £5 million in funding from the HotSW LEP Growth Deal 3 and £500,000 from Cornwall Council for the construction of a newly relocated multi storey car park to allow for the unlocking of land sites for a new station and the extension of the university and civic quarter
  • Enabling the creation of several development sites which will attract inward investment into the station area and funding for the improved public realm and accessibility
  • Facilitating long term benefits including: inward investment of £48 – £55 million, reduced running costs of £1.4 m, creation of 920 jobs and 16,000 sq m of new mixed use development space


Case Study: Unlocking the Public Sector Estate to Increase Housing Supply

  • Working in OPE partnership to convert a combined estate of approximately 350 non-housing and school public buildings and a further 20.5 acres of developable land into more efficient public service provision and a substantial amount of new housing
  • Developing a housing master plan proposal for an existing inefficiently used college site, which enables the college to continue to operate as normal until 2019 whilst bringing forward some 450 new housing units
  • Co-locating public services, such as the health sector with the council middle and back office staff, to release land for an additional 100+ dwellings on the site
  • Maximising the OPE programme to improve existing service strategies, allowing for clearer visibility of housing numbers potentially generated through released employment land, as well as utilising capital receipts


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Boosting Local Economic Development and Job Creation By Unlocking Value in the Public Sector Estate

  • Taking a co-ordinated intervention and investment approach to ensure the city region’s potential is harnessed with a £1 billion flagship project of creating a 1.8 million sq ft of science, technology, education and health space
  • Preparing and consulting with partners on a strategic framework document having developed a detailed masterplan for Paddington Central as funded from the OPE programme
  • Promoting the development of excellence in clinical research and development in the construction of a new £429 million Royal Liverpool Hospital in close proximity to the £157 million Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, and the £24 million Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator
  • Developing key transport infrastructure for the area connecting the Knowledge Quarter to the rest of the city centre through the city’s existing underground network ensuring fast and reliable connectivity of the Knowledge Quarter to the city centre


Closing Keynote: Enabling the Public Sector to Deliver Strategic and Value Based Property Solutions

  • Ensuring decision-making is informed by highlighting the value of Property Information systems and staffing resources to keep data comprehensive and up to date
  • Demonstrating the need to protect Health and Safety Compliance management, surveys and testing to maintain public service standards
  • Recognising the importance of condition surveys thus enabling organisations to prioritise maintenance across the estate accordingly
  • Underlining the need for a coordinated approach to Asset Management Planning at a strategic level
  • Embedding  benchmarking in everyday processes to help understand the true costs of services and how these compare to others

David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

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