Blue Light Estates Development Event

UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference

On the 20th November, prominent estates and facilities leaders from the UK’s national, regional and local emergency services will come together at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year.

The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will offer the first ever opportunity to understand how the government’s One Public Estate agenda will shape Estate and Facilities strategy amongst the UK’s emergency services. With a drive to marry estate rationalisation with innovation in buildings, the conference will focus on sharing best practice within the sector, whilst connecting emergency services to the private sector to align on their plans. More than 25 speakers will discuss and present at the event including:

  • Office of Government Property
  • One Public Estate
  • National Police Estates Group
  • Regional Police Services; Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Avon & Somerset, Cheshire, Devon & Cornwall, West Yorkshire, Dyfed-Powys, North Yorkshire, West Mercia, Warwickshire, Surrey and Wiltshire
  • Regional Fire & Rescue Services; Royal Berkshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Avon and Hereford & Worcester.

Andrew Pollard, Managing Director of Estates at Place Partnership (Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue and West Mercia & Warwickshire Police), said: ‘’Place Partnership, the first multi-agency joint property vehicle of its king, is delighted to be participating in the Blue Light Estates Development Conference, to share best practice in collaborative working and in the development of the Blue Light estate of tomorrow. The conference is an ideal opportunity to bring together the key players in the Blue Light asset management in one key event to share best practice.’’

Laura Haynes, Head of Estates at Devon & Cornwall Police, said: ‘’We currently have two estate strategies for each OPCC and force and over the next year we’re looking to align these to ensure we have a long term unified strategy. I’m therefore particularly interested to hear how other providers are designing their estate-based services to be agile, dynamic and affordable, especially when the policing sector is experiencing significant challenges in terms of increased crime, the changing nature of criminal activities combined with ever increasing financial pressures.’’

Jason Hallas, Blue Light Lead at Willmott Dixon, said: ‘’At a time when Blue Light estates are facing increasing pressures, coming together and sharing best practice and learnings is critical to addressing budget cuts, rationalisation and ageing facilities. We’re proud to be supporting and presenting at the conference in partnership with Scape Group, whose construction frameworks enable public sector customers to save time and money on sensitive and confidential projects by contracting directly with construction partners.

‘’As Scape’s longest serving Blue Light delivery partner, we understand the importance of shortening the procurement process, removing wasteful duplication and unnecessary costs. In the current climate of reduced budgets, collaborative working and streamlined systems are key to making capital investment go further to create higher quality, safer and more modern working environments for our forces.’’

Mark Baseby, Director at McBains, said: “With a long and successful history of developing real estate solutions within the emergency services sector, McBains is proud to have been invited to take part in the inaugural Blue Light Estates Development Conference. The potential engagement with such a wide range of representatives from across the industry represents a unique opportunity for collaboration across the public and private sectors. We welcome this invaluable opportunity for shared learning, discussion and collaboration that will drive future successes and efficiencies.”

Sunita Raja, Associate at Capsticks LLP, said: ‘’Capsticks is delighted to support this important event. We look forward to discussing how services across the country are finding innovative ways to manage their estates.’’

Ed Gladman, Managing Director for Adlington, said: ‘’We’re delighted to be supporting the first ever Blue Light Estates Development Conference, and we look forward to hearing how our valuable emergency services are bringing forward estate rationalisation whilst maintaining their ongoing service provision. We are particularly keen to understand how and when surplus sites will be disposed of and how our retirement product with extra care can help to address a national shortfall in accommodation across this sector.’’

Keith Griffiths, Managing Director at Built Environment Networking, said: ‘’We’re excited to be holding the first ever Blue Light Estates Event and we have already received phenomenal interest and feedback from those across the industry in taking part in the event. Police, Ambulance and Fire Services are being asked to rationalise their estates and services are at different stages of their strategy. This conference will allow best practice and previous barriers to be shared and discussed to help those who’re at the beginning of their journey whilst connecting the services with others from the public and private sector to align and collaborate.’’


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