Managing the Central Government Office Estate

30 November 2017

Managing the Central Government Office Estate

30 November 2017

The Northern Ireland Central Government Office Estate consists of 276 offices owned, or rented, by almost 100 different public sector organisations and covering a total net internal floor area of 525,000m2. Over half of the office estate building are rented. The remaining buildings are owned by the government. Each year it costs around £100 million to run the office estate.

This report focuses on the progress made since we issued a report on Property Asset management in Central Government in 2012. The report welcomes:

  • Publication of the first region-wide Asset Management Strategy in June 2013;
  • The generation of almost £18 million savings following the introduction of property controls;
  • Use of Invest to Save funding which is expected to generate annual savings of almost £5 million; and
  • Proposals to refresh engagement across departments.
  • Despite these developments, the report highlights that the current configuration of the office estate is not delivering value for money. The report encourages:
  • Allocation of appropriate resources to enable progression of The Reform of Property Management Programme as a matter of urgency;
  • More challenge of public bodies’ use of office property assets;
  • Improved target-setting and reporting of performance; and
  • Introduction of full cost recovery across government departments.

To read the Full Report, Executive Summary or Media Release please follow the links.