Guest article from Richard Davies - Project Manager, Capital Projects, Property Services – Severn Trent Water
When organisations are looking to rationalise, their first port of call is often an external consultant. In my experience, where the consultant fails is not getting to grips with the culture of the organisation that has instructed them..... This leads to wasted time and recommendations that cannot be implemented
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Until a few years ago, property was just something a company had to have in order to operate. In most cases was treated as an unavoidable overhead, not a key part of the business, however it is increasingly becoming an important part of the cost base as companies look to minimise their overheads. With modern technology allowing people to work from home, in most cases reduced work force sizes, and most companies adopting open plan rather than cellular office space companies are finding that they have more space than they need and a rationalisation is required.
Having more space than you need leads to not only more rent, rates etc, but the space needs to be heated, lit, secured and managed, all of which is a strain which organisations can ill afford in these austere times. In addition, there has been an increased tendency to move to open plan and hot desks from cellular office due to the amount of space taken up by offices. Consequently this reduction in space can lead to savings in many areas: - energy bills, FM, security etc.
My work over the past 3 year at Severn Trent Water has been centred on these types of activity. The business has an aging, dilapidated estate which is in need of significant investment. The first part of this was a new Operational Centre in Coventry, which allows the workforce to work in a much more flexible way. It promotes the open plan and hot desking philosophy with an IT solution that allows working from home and other places to be as productive as the office. By creating this building (Severn Trent Centre) it allowed us to close 7 other buildings, all of which were old and inefficient. An illustration of this can be seen in the carbon footprint as the new building uses far less energy than any one of the buildings closed on, which is another important aspect for Severn Trent Water.
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