Over the past ten years the Public Sector has been hit with numerous funding cuts, spending reviews, deteriorated asset condition and challenging accounting. In response Whitehall launched One Public Estate (OPE) as a solution to this increasing dilemma.
The OPE programme is a pioneering initiative delivered in partnership by the LGA and the Government Property Unit. Launched in 2013 with just twelve pilot areas; successful results have extended the programme to more than 250 Local Authorities who are now set to deliver ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central government and other public sector partners transforming local communities and public services right across the country.
At its heart, the programme is about drawing more for less from the public sector collective assets locally; be it a major service transformation such as health and social care integration and benefits reform; unlocking land for new homes and commercial space; or creating new opportunities to save on running costs or generate income.
OPE is encompassed in three core objectives:
- Economic growth
- Integrated, customer-focused services
- Efficiencies generated via capital receipt & efficient running costs.
By 2020 OPE aims to:
- Generate 44,000 jobs
- Release land allowing 25,000 residential units
- Raise £615m via Capital receipts
- Reduce running costs by £158m
OPE partnerships all across the country have shown the value of working together across the public sector and taking a strategic approach to asset management. Notwithstanding; Bringing together several public services is no easy task! Used to operating alone in isolation, Public Sector Services now to come together, collaborate and work together. So; what is involved?
- Collaboration - Bringing public sector partners together & generating ideas
- Development of a shared vision shaping for public sector assets
- Asset mapping – looking at what they have
- Asset planning – looking at what they need
- Building the partnership with senior management buy-in and involvement
- On-going professional support
Be it the Local Authority, Blue Light or NHS Service We can help!. Perfect Circle can support any OPE study and programme.
Perfect Circle is a joint venture formed by Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM, set up to realise value and opportunity for public authorities, and communities across the UK. Perfect Circle has the influence, scalability and expertise to make a significant and positive contribution towards shaping the built environment and exerting a positive influence on the issues affecting the public sector.
With Perfect Circles unique combination of partner organisations and established supply chain, it provides the strength and depth of a technical resource covering the whole of the UK, with over 27,000 professionals. The independence, significant capacity, footprint and local presence ensure a nationally managed, locally delivered service. Perfect Circle can offer:
- Master-planning and Option appraisals
- Stakeholder Engagement, Consultation & Solution Delivery
- Estate Rationalisation and Agile working Solutions
- Sharing OPE best practice and case studies
- Opportunities workshops to develop your programme of work
- Support to change policy to assist local delivery
- Technical support on bench-marking and data.
Since it launched in 2013, the One Public Estate initiative has seen the Cabinet Office work closely with local government to sell off unwanted land to housing developers, slash maintenance bills and pool resources to make more efficient use of public facilities. As phase four of the project is rolled out, officials have set the ambitious targets by 2020