One Public Estate in action: successes so far


In Cornwall, the police, fire and ambulance services have co-located in a new joint headquarters in Hayle, saving £500,000 a year on running costs and releasing two sites for redevelopment. The new facility has enabled the emergency services to reach many more people within the target response time. Cornwall Council are now looking to roll out more such facilities under Phase 3 of the OPE programme.

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).

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.

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:

In addition to the wider benefits of devolution, the GMCA have identified further savings and non-financial benefits through the OPE programme. These include:

  • A region wide land commission
  • An integrated health and social care service
  • A localised “Investing in Communities” programme in Stockport.
  • 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
  • The development of new homes.

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.

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.

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
  • Delivers improvements in how people experience health and care services.

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.

London Borough of Croydon

LB Croydon have outlined an ambitious development programme across the borough identifying 15 publically owned sites for regeneration. Through OPE Phase 3 LB Croydon are working in partnership with the NHS to bring forward four ‘quick win’ pilot programmes which will see the development of 900 homes and 7 new community facilities within the next 5 years.

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.

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.