Public Sector Property

The crown estate of health and care

08.09.16: Along with optimising land usage and promoting co-location, a radical new report makes the case for rationalising all local NHS estate into one body. PSE’s Luana Salles reports. As with the rest of the public sector, estate management...

The importance of continued leadership in estate reform

05.09.16: Despite the political uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, Dr Alison Knight, head of places strategy at Cheshire West and Chester Council, explains why it is vitally important to keep leaders focused on plans for public sector estate reform. ...

Blurring the red and blue

05.09.16: Theresa May’s plans for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to take on the duties and responsibilities of fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) have not been without controversy. But what have localities been doing to ensure any decision ma...

The secret to the success of one public estate

19.08.16: Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backlash. Bruce Mann, executive director of the Government Property Unit (GPU), reveals the secret to One...

Rescuing council buildings with robots and wireless tech

21.04.16: Gareth Harcombe, operational manager of energy and sustainability at City of Cardiff Council, explains how the authority used advanced technology to heat, insulate and even rescue its public buildings. The City of Cardiff Council has been s...

EXCLUSIVE: Public land disposal scheme leads to just 6 sales

31.03.16: A scheme to reduce government estate by allowing members of the public to request surplus government-owned land to be put up for sale has led to just six sales since it was introduced in January 2014, FoI requests by PSE show. The Right to...

UK government to reduce offices by 75% before 2023

03.02.16: The UK government aims to reduce its offices by 75% and is introducing new measures requiring local authorities to publish information on surplus assets. Speaking today at the Government Property 2016 Conference, Cabinet Office minister Mat...

Local government land: councils urged to let go

19.08.15: A slimmed-down, more efficient local government property estate will be a good vantage point from which to judge the effectiveness of the government’s drive to transform the public sector, argues Kristian Scholfield, senior associate solic...

Construction skills shortage could threaten housing goals

17.08.15: Councils are calling for more devolved powers to local education providers and construction employers in the face of a “growing mismatch” between the number of qualified housebuilders and the industry’s increasing demand for th...

Winners of £4bn London public sector construction framework announced

24.04.15: Twenty-five building contractors have been included in the £4bn housing and general building framework for public sector organisations across all London boroughs. The London Construction Programme’s Major Works Construction Fram...

Birmingham City Council to sell the NEC

16.01.15: Birmingham City Council has agreed to sell NEC Group, including the NEC Exhibition Halls, the Genting Arena, the International Convention Centre (ICC) and the Barclaycard Arena, to LDC for £307m. LDC – the private equity arm of...

Major fire at offices of South Oxfordshire District Council

15.01.15: A major fire has broken out at the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council, the result of a suspected arson attack. The building in Crowmarsh Gifford has been ablaze since 3.15am. Eyewitnesses say they saw a car crash into the front o...

Bigger than local

13.12.14: There is a need for a bigger-than-local approach when it comes to UK growth and development, particularly when it comes to infrastructure, writes Amanda Clack, senior vice president at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The devol...

Facing the BIM juggernaut: a step-by-step approach to adoption

13.12.14: A survey of 1,000 UK construction professionals this year revealed that BIM adoption has increased from 13% in 2011 to 54% in 2014 – but too many estates managers assume it is ‘not for them’, argues chartered building surveyor...

Public sector construction pipeline becoming more ‘predictable’ for architects

13.12.14: Adrian Dobson, director of practice at the Royal Institute of British Architects, talks to PSE about how confidence levels for workload forecasts in the public sector have started stabilising. Architectural practices are becoming more optim...

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NAO:  Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

23/03/2017NAO: Decisive action needed to keep at-risk road investment projects afloat

Key projects in the government’s road investment strategy are at risk of cancellation if “decisive action” is not taken by the ... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >
Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

22/03/2017Localis: Industrial reform must be driven and led at local level

The government’s industrial strategy should be driven and led at a local level by handing space and powers to leaders to allow them to dict... more >


Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
The challenges for innovative procurement

27/02/2017The challenges for innovative procurement

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >

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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >


Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

20/12/2016Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

Jo Miller, the recently-elected president of Solace, talks to PSE about the need for championing great public services and ensuring inclusion at ... more >

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Parliament cannot solve homelessness through legislation alone

Cllr Michelle Lowe, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing and health at Sevenoaks District Council, argues that if the government is really serious about combating homelessness they will w... more > more last word articles >