Public sector partners across West Cheshire own in excess of 1,500 assets, ranging from car parks and playgrounds to office blocks and hospitals. The annual cost of running and maintaining them is over £40 million.
We have worked together to identify assets that are similar in nature and use, showing that 60 buildings of generic office accommodation cost partners in the region of £12.4 million annually.
This project aims to reduce overall costs and improve efficiency through the smarter use of assets, such as increased sharing of buildings. Moreover, this will enable our residents to access more services in one place, providing an improved frontline service to local communities.
What are we trying to achieve?
There are a number of important and measurable benefits to be gained from taking a smarter approach to the public estate including;
- Reduced running costs, such as utility bills, and a reduction in carbon emissions and improved sustainability
- Better public service delivery on the ground through improved properties and the co-location of services
- Improved property use by co-locating similar types of functions across organisations and teams e.g. back office functions
- Improved staff productivity through better facilities
- Improved delivery of community objectives
- Release of capital for re-investment in services and to reduce debt
What have we achieved so far?
Key local public sector agencies have agreed a common asset management strategy, which includes a vision to work towards one, joined-up public sector estate in West Cheshire.
Partners have now identified a number of key sites where services can be integrated and delivered differently. In some cases this will mean significant savings through, for example, a reduction in running costs.
All major assets in the Borough have been mapped using a common electronic system.
Local partners are also now using common standards for measuring properties, meaning that comparisons can be drawn and services can be integrated more easily.