This piece from the LGA posted last month has come to the fore, thanks to research from the East Devon Alliance:
22 May 2014
In these tough financial times, why build new schools, council offices and other public buildings when you can renovate existing ones at a lower cost?
Scape, a national company based in Nottingham and owned by six local authorities, aims to bring economy and efficiency to the whole building process – including for new buildings and refurbishment projects – and it achieves this through the development of standard designs and strategic procurement arrangements.
It has developed a new initiative, called Renovate, to tackle the ever greater need for well designed, visually appealing and functional buildings delivered to very tight budgets.
Rather than brand new buildings, Renovate injects new life into tired and old building stock (pictured). This approach is much more cost-effective than new schemes and can be delivered across the public sector, including to schools, colleges, universities, housing, NHS, care homes, emergency services, civic buildings, leisure facilities, libraries and more.
Renovate boosts the value and income of property, creates buildings which are inspiring and visually appealing inside and out, and transforms property so it is affordable to run and operate.
Through Renovate, problems such as unusable and unlettable buildings, maintenance issues, high running costs, unpleasant working environments and health and safety challenges are all tackled. Unfit buildings can be transformed either for their current purpose or a new use.
Prolonged austerity measures are continuing to hurt public sector bodies as their resources continue to diminish. Core services take precedence and for many this means that new projects have to wait or are completely unworkable for the foreseeable future.
Renovate provides a solution to this problem by transforming ‘system build' properties. It is ideal for the thousands of properties of this type in the UK that have not weathered well and are expensive to maintain and run.
Mark Robinson is Group Chief Executive at Scape, see www.scapebuild.co.uk
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