North Nottinghamshire College

Improved Space Efficiency by 2,500m², reducing backlog maintenance costs by £0.75m

Project Scope

Many colleges were badly affected by the collapse of the ‘Building Colleges for the Future’ programme.

North Nottinghamshire College reacted strategically to the difficulties created by the loss of capital funding and engaged CPB to:

  • Examine short-term options to more intensively use space and reduce the College’s buildings footprint
  • Re-evaluate alternative long-term scenarios to realise the College’s aspirations for major campus re-development
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    Actions

  • The CPB Team was able to leverage extensive experience of the College through their property strategy and briefing work conducted in conjunction with KPMG
  • Building condition and maintenance priorities were combined with an assessment of space utilisation, capacity/density and functional suitability
  • Applying rigorous space standards and considering interior space layout/design issues, target areas were identified for harvesting and consolidation of functions
  • Through objectivity and negotiation, we were able to reach agreement on a series of measures to release space and improve the quality of spaces available to several curriculum and functional areas
  • Working closely with the Senior Management Team, CPB’s strategic approach facilitated both internal debate on improved space utilisation and enhanced understanding of the long-term potential of the campus for future development in a capital-constrained environment
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    Outcome

  • Working in partnership with the Senior Management Team and Curriculum Directors, CPB identified workable savings amounting to more than 1,200 m² and targeted three buildings (8% of the estate) for closure thereby releasing 25% of the land footprint
  • Backlog maintenance costs were reduced by more than £0.75m
  • Enabled maintenance spending to be prioritised on a more limited and sustainable portion of existing estate
  • Leveraged, recently released capital funding secured to facilitate key moves
  • The College was able to benefit from the improvement of approximately 2,500m² of new space, providing for commercial hair salons, media and creative arts and the Learning Resources Centre
  • In all, these measures represented a significant amount of potentially released capacity, to assist the College in its drive to renew its estate in the coming years, largely through self-financed initiatives
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