Improving asset management is a key way in which authorities can achieve efficiencies, greater productivity and enhanced service delivery.
We are committed to working with authorities to help them implement innovative asset management projects which unlock resources and utilise property assets more effectively.
Our programme does not support business as usual projects. Instead we support ambitious projects involving collaboration as this is where the big wins are. We estimate that if authorities across the region implemented comprehensive asset management improvement programmes they could save approximately £450m from property. This represents savings of between 10% and 20%, and in some places up to 25% savings could be achieved.
We are currently supporting projects in:
- Cambridgeshire, through the Making Assets Count project, where Improvement East is helping source new financial and legal models for a new asset management vehicle.
- Norfolk, where the Collaborative Asset Management programme is facilitating the development of a County wide public sector asset strategy and plan
- Essex, where the "East 17" programme is delivering a whole host of projects including:
- the extension of a County wide procured Total Property and Facilities Management contract to additional authorities to provide savings and benefits of scale
- a new public service civic hub in Tendring to provide "one front door" for customers
- the development of a County wide asset mapping and data management system to support asset rationalisation, co-location and performance improvement
- the development of a new energy services company to provide opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and make savings through exploiting new more sustainable technologies.
We are keen to develop on these great foundations and we are always keen to hear from colleagues with new ideas. We can offer help in a number of different ways and initial advice is free, for example by advising on governance, on staffing, or on procurement.
So if you are contemplating an asset management improvement project, which you think has the potential to make a real difference, please contact Andrew Rowson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07887 633451.