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|The State of the Estate in 2009 (PDF, 2MB)|
This is the second annual report on the management and use of the government's civil estate.
This report is significant in two respects. It is the first to make a comparative assessment of progress as against that published in the previous report. Secondly, it demonstrates that, on many fronts, the standards achieved are equal to, or better than, those achieved in the private sector. The report is based on facts and actual figures drawn from a mix of central databases and local data provided and verified by departments.
During 2009, the overall size of the mandated estate was reduced by 5.8% to 10,722,166m2 and the number of holdings fell from 7,935 to 7,213, a 9% reduction. Since the start of the High Performing Property programme in 2003/04, the real cost of running the estate, taking account of inflation, has fallen by approximately £740 million. These figures point to effective implementation of space standards and a general trend towards making better use of existing space.
The average cost of office space stands at £319/m2. This is little changed from 2008 and is around 18% less expensive than the private sector average. These results reinforce the importance of robust performance and management data in being able to compare the performance of departments, and between the public and private sectors.
The combined impact of a strategic focus on space and the introduction of Government space standards have encouraged many departments to improve their space efficiency. This has brought space allocation in line with the private sector and, at 13.1m2 per full time equivalent (FTE), represents a 10% reduction on last year"s figures.
Government continues to maintain good progress towards agreed sustainability targets. Government is forecast to meet the 2010/11 targets for CO2 emissions, waste and recycling. Nearly a third of departments have exceeded the CO2 target; all except three have achieved or exceeded the target for waste recycling; and, as a whole, government is exceeding the target for waste arising.
OGC has published guidance for departments on implementing the commitment to procure buildings in the top quartile of energy performance.