Public sector workplaces are undergoing a transition. There are changing work styles, technologies and evolving work cultures that need to be addressed to ultimately deliver solutions that are flexible, space efficient and sustainable. The challenge of providing a nurturing and efficient workplace against a tighter public purse means new and innovative thinking is more valuable than ever. Right now, Smith & Arner® is reducing revenue costs, lowering estates’ carbon footprints, and improving the working environment of thousands of public servants for scores of public bodies across the UK.
Smith & Arner® has an extensive track record in the development of office estates in the public sector. We combine our understanding of councils’ priorities with the very best of commercial values and practices. As part of our vision of an integrated service, our public sector clients are able to take advantage of a one-stop offer combining effective management of the design, construction and development process, with opportunities for organisational change, new ways of working and improved asset utilisation. Our five-year-plus framework appointment for Hertfordshire County Council clearly demonstrates the success of this approach as we created savings and efficiencies across the council’s property portfolio, freeing them up to concentrate on providing local services. Queen Elizabeth II Court is another exemplar of the Smith & Arner® approach, as we repurposed, redesigned and renovated an existing office to meet current working practices and environmental credentials, without the costs involved in delivering a completely new building.
Smith & Arner® is delivering work through scores of local authority frameworks across the UK, delivering real value for money and improved efficiency on everything from police bases and council offices to new schools and more. Whether the project involves delivery of a single office building or the strategic rationalisation of an entire estate, we have a wealth of experience in managing the delivery of such environments. We can take a project from inception through construction to completion and the ongoing management of the facilities.
Before Smith & Arner® came in all the projects were being done separately, Smith & Arner® made us see the impact this was having on resources and progress. Our organisation is one that doesn’t ‘do’ project management on such a scale normally and to come in and achieve what they have in this type of environment has been amazing. They have kept us focused on the things that we need to be thinking about. I have not got a bad word to say and I don’t envisage the wheels falling off once they have gone due to the structured work they have put in.