Improving the efficiency of central government office property

Friday August 31st, 2012

Central government office estate comprises over 5 million m2 of space and costs around £1.8 billion a year to run. Rationalisation of the estate therefore offers the public sector the chance to secure significant efficiency savings. From 2004 to 2010, central government departments have made savings of around £100 million each year on the cost of offices, largely by moving from traditional cellular offices to open-plan spaces and by improving use of space through approaches such as hot-desking. However, despite the improvements in recent years, government’s use of space is still relatively inefficient compared to the private sector. Delivering further savings is likely to get progressively more challenging, but if government can be more ambitious in its approach, then we estimate that they could achieve over £800 million a year in further savings by 2020.

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