This project explores the potential for public sector bodies to collaborate in the use, management and development of the property estate.
Who is involved?
Cardiff City and County Council, Welsh Government, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Voluntary Action Cardiff, South Wales Police, Cardiff University, Velindre NHS Trust, Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust, University of Glamorgan, South Wales Fire and Ambulance Service; Cardiff Metropolitan University. This project explores the potential for public sector bodies to collaborate in the use, management and development of the property estate. Specifically, it aims to develop innovative solutions for the co-location of services. It is supported through Invest to Save funding and is endorsed by the National Asset Working Group. Its ultimate objective is to release surplus assets. This will reduce operating costs and provide capital investment to refurbish and modernise the estate. The Cardiff Assets Working Group (the Group) comprises senior property managers from the eleven public sector property occupying bodies in Cardiff. The public sector owns or occupies about £3b's worth of real estate in the city, much of it located in a relatively tight urbanised area. There is also an on-going need for all public sector bodies to realise significant operational savings. Therefore, the Group identified scope to:
- Rationalise the estate;
- Explore creative opportunities for gathering together surplus assets;
- Modernise the left-over estate;
- Co-locate complementary services; and
- Improve the customer experience in using these facilities.
National property consultants undertook a pilot study of assets in the Canton ward of Cardiff for the Group. This study identified a range of properties suitable for co-location. This resulted in the disposal of surplus properties. The resulting capital was then available to facilitate co-location and refurbishment of properties. There is significant potential for wider property rationalisation across Cardiff. Benefits of this project include:
- Reduced operating costs;
- Fewer but better appointed public sector buildings;
- Scope for beneficial co-operation in service delivery; and
- Realisation of significant capital.
Name: Charles Coats
Title/role: Cardiff Assets Working Group Chair Organisation: Cardiff City and County Council
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 02920785476