One Gloucestershire Estate
The concept of ‘one public estate’ in Gloucestershire is not new. The county council and the districts have been working together through Leadership Gloucestershire since 2011.
In 2016 the One Gloucestershire Estates Group was set up with members from the Leadership Gloucestershire organisations to share information about assets; work together were possible; and actively seek opportunities to drive better value for money through collaboration. The Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions, and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have also all been formally invited to join the partnership to ensure the programme continues to draw on opportunities from Government initiatives where possible.
Since its creation the partnership has gained support from the Government’s One Public Estate Initiative and has been successful in securing funding to develop four major projects involving most of the partner organisations:
By securing £4.2m through the LEP (Growth Fund) we have been able to successfully de-risk land in the Blackfriars/Quayside regeneration area ready to redevelop. Delivery of 300 student housing units has begun and plans are being advanced for the provision of a hub that will provide accommodation for two local GP practices, a pharmacy, key worker accommodation, offices, car parking and further student accommodation. Other plans are in their early stages for the redevelopment of the remainder of the site.
Consolidation of underused properties owned by partners has begun prior to the development of a new combined hub for the town.
This project provides an exciting opportunity to establish an innovative ‘blue light’ emergency fast response facility on one campus, supporting the delivery of vital services under the prevention agenda to the expanding population of Cirencester.
Forest of Dean
The main focus of this project will be to bring social and economic benefit to the district through a strategic approach to the use of back office and public facing services. This project will deliver the consolidation of publicly owned land and buildings, better delivery of public services and the release of surplus land for disposal and development.
As a result of all of the work undertaken on the Estates Programme we have rationalised our own estate, resulting in the effective delivery of services across the county. This includes:
- Generation of £105m capital receipts from land and property disposals.
- Estimated revenue savings of £2m.
- Implementation of the Worksmarter programme, gaining efficiencies through hot desking.
- Creation of area based hubs, providing accommodation for field based staff which has resulted in cutting down significantly on staff travel time and associated costs.