One Public Estate in action





One Public Estate councils are developing a number of pioneering initiatives with public sector partners to share land and property that range across a number of themes. Click on the Themes below so see examples of delivery across the OPE partnerships.

Theme 1 | Blue Lights collaboration

In Cornwall, the police, fire and ambulance services have co-located in a new Emergency Services Community Station in Hayle.  This was a critical part of a wider Fire and Rescue Service Emergency Cover Review which has saved £500,000 a year on running costs and released two sites for redevelopment. The new facility in Hayle has improved joint working between services, delivered savings through rationalisation of the blue light estate and improved the service provided to local residents.  Cornwall Council are now looking to roll out more such facilities under Phase 3 of the OPE programme.


Theme 2 | Community Hubs

West Suffolk and Suffolk
West Suffolk Partnership* are working to transform the delivery of local public services in Mildenhall and as part of Phase 3 of the OPE programme are finalising the business case for a public sector hub. This public sector hub will see education, health, DWP and police and fire services delivered from one or two sites instead of eight and reduce the running costs of the public estate by over 50 per cent (or £20 million) over 25 years.
* West Suffolk Partnership comprises of Forest Heath District Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, New Anglia LEP, GCGP LEP and West Suffolk CCG

Wider Hampshire
As part of a national judicial service reform, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have vacated the former "Andover Magistrates Court", a town centre site in close proximity to the leisure centre and theatre buildings. Wider Hampshire are now working as part of the OPE programme to transform the site into a community hub and engagement with a number of potential public sector partners has already begun (Local Authorities, Police, Fire, Health, Central Government and Voluntary sectors).

Theme 3 | New delivery models

Place Partnership
As part of the One Public Estate programme, public sector partners across Worcestershire and the West Midlands have come together to establish a single asset management company: Place Partnership Ltd. It's the first company of its kind entirely owned by the public sector.

Its aim is to deliver economic and regeneration benefits by maximising the value of its estate portfolio which includes 1,323 assets across four county geographic boundaries. Through a series of pilot locality reviews, Place Partnership Ltd have already identified benefits of:

  • £15.7m p.a. of Gross Revenue savings by 2025 (28% of £56m base budget)
  • Approx. £3.7m of Revenue savings in Year 2
  • Over £110m of Revenue savings over 10 years
  • £118m of capital receipts (18% of portfolio value over a 10 year period)
  • Close liaison and partnership with LEPs on regeneration strategies
  • Delivery of a single unified Estate Strategy
The establishment of Place Partnership Ltd builds on its partner's already successful approach to collaborative asset management with central government and the wider public sector. To date their asset management solutions include moving 110 HMRC staff and 550 DEFRA staff into Worcestershire County Hall, allowing the release of a DEFRA owned 8.5 acre brownfield site for housing development.

Click here to see more about Place Partnership Ltd.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
The OPE programme plays a key role in supporting the delivery of Greater Manchester's devolution agenda, leveraging public assets across the conurbation to transform public services, deliver efficiencies in the public estate and maximise opportunities to drive growth and regeneration. Through OPE, GMCA are working to realise their devolution aspirations by developing:
  • A region wide land commission;
  • An integrated health and social care service; and
  • A localised "Investing in Communities" programme in Stockport.
In addition to the wider benefits of devolution, the GMCA have identified further savings and non-financial benefits through the OPE programme. These include:
  • More effective use of the public estate;
  • More integrated and customer-focussed services;
  • Reduced running costs;
  • The disposal of surplus land and property holdings to generate capital receipts; and
  • The development of new homes.


Theme 4 | Employment services

Nottingham City Council
Through the OPE programme, Nottingham City Council and DWP have worked to establish a new city centre base inside the City Council's headquarters. The co-location has seen running cost savings to DWP of £500,000 p.a. and significant income generation for the council (c.£70,000 in Y1 and c.£100,000 expected by Y3). The move has also enabled more collaborative working, improved service delivery and a better user experience for the public, staff and other partners.

Theme 5 | Regeneration of surplus health estate

Cambridgeshire: Hinchingbrooke Health Campus
Together with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust and other health partners, Cambridgeshire County Council are working to transform Hinchingbrooke Health Campus into a multi-agency campus providing end-to-end care. The adjacent 12 acre plot owned by Cambridgeshire Police will be acquired and the existing site reconfigured to create a healthcare campus, retirement village, key worker housing, extra/dementia and mental health care facilities, and leisure facilities. Capital receipts will be reinvested into improved and modern health infrastructure, with approximately £1m p.a. running cost savings from 2018/19 onwards, and land with capacity for c.450 homes.

Cambridgeshire: IDA Darwin Hospital
Working with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire County Council are looking to release the IDA Darwin Hospital site, a 34 acre site on the edge of Cambridge. This would deliver a multi-million pound receipt and enable the development of circa 300 homes, reinvestment into improved and modern health infrastructure and potentially employment provision.

Cheshire West and Chester
Led by Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council, the West Cheshire Partner Estate Group have been working to examine the redevelopment potential in Ellesmere Port. Through OPE 1 and 2 an 8.5 acre site has been identified as a suitable location for co-locating public services, generating much needed investment, capital receipts and revenue savings. To take this opportunity forward a full business case is being worked up as part of Phase 3 of the OPE programme.

Theme 6 | Health and care integration

Bedford and Central Bedfordshire
Providing integrated health and care services is a key priority for the local authorities in Bedfordshire and the Clinical Commissioning Group. Through OPE, Bedford and Central Bedfordshire are working to maximise the use of system-wide assets and develop better ways of joint working. To progress this ambition, Central Bedfordshire has already identified the land asset which provides the opportunity for five GP practices to co‐locate alongside community and social care services to deliver an integrated service across Chiltern Vale. In Biggleswade, a local Council asset has been refurbished to provide more fit for purpose facilities for local GPs with co-locating community and social care service teams. A strategic case for an integrated health and care hub, which will see a more effective use of the Biggleswade Hospital site, has also been produced.

Working as part of OPE, Bedford and Central Bedfordshire Partnership are able to develop an integrated health and care services that:

  • Improves efficiencies in service delivery and asset management, realising cashable savings, non‐cashable savings and capital receipts;
  • Better allows public sector partners across Bedfordshire to meet their accommodation requirements in an environment of fiscal stringency and changing demand; and
  • Delivers improvements in how people experience health and care services.

Ivel Medical Practice in Biggleswade

Ivel Medical Practice in Biggleswade –A new Primary Care facility that also hosts social care teams and is an important template for co-location and multidisciplinary working.

Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council are working in partnership with Leeds Community Health to deliver an integrated health and social care programme which will see over 1,000 staff integrated into new area based teams. In March 2015 the first 300 staff moved their new integrated base. This programme feeds into the council's city-wide rationalisation programme which has already seen £1.46 million saved over 2013/14 and 2014/15. It is anticipated that once fully delivered the health and social care integration programme could support savings of up to £1million per year.


Theme 7 | Defence

Wider Hampshire Over the past 100 years much of Whitehill and Bordon has been developed around the Army garrison. Following a decision by the MOD to relocate the Army out of the garrison, East Hampshire Council, Hampshire County Council and other public sector partners have worked to redevelop the area.

As part of the One Public Estate programme the Wider Hampshire partnership have worked together to establish:

  • A strategy board to provide strategic overview
  • A delivery and implementation board to provide efficient and speedy delivery
  • 'Exchange'; a consultation tier to provide effective consultation.
In preparation for major capital works, Wider Hampshire have also put together development proposals and planning approvals, funding streams and appointed developers for all major sites.

The following outcomes are expected:
  • A new Health Campus and Care Village built by 2019
  • Relocation of the existing Leisure Centre and secondary school to the new town centre in 2019
  • Vacated Health estates could generate up to £4 million capital receipts
  • Vacated Leisure and school sites could generate up to £8 million capital receipts
  • Vacated sites potential for up to 175 new homes
  • Will contribute to the town wide regeneration programme aim to deliver 5,500 new jobs and 3,350 homes
It is also envisaged that complementary services will also relocate to these sites, such as primary and secondary outpatient care and prevention and self-management services led by community and voluntary organisations and early consideration is being given to the use of new technology to enable a smart public service hub being located in the heart of the town.

Everything is in place to deliver this transformation - all sites have detailed or outline planning permission, developers have been appointed for all major sites, the bulk of the finance is in place and plans are in hand to secure the rest.


Theme 8 | City centre regeneration

City of York Council
As part of the OPE programme City of York Council are working with central government and commercial partners to regenerate and redevelop Castle Piccadilly, a run down and under-utilised area of the city centre. It is expected that together, the partnership will oversee the delivery of a new high quality retail and housing development leading to the creation of 400 permanent jobs (with a GVA of over £16), 450 new homes, 100,000 sq. feet of commercial space and improved connectivity and attractiveness across the city's retail and heritage quarters.

City of York, Castle Piccadilly

City of York, Castle Piccadilly 

7 December 2016