Wednesday 30th September saw the latest OneCPD conference and exhibition at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester. The event explored how a modern, fit-for-purpose estate can provide value for money for the taxpayer while increasing sustainability and enabling improvements in the way an organisation works. CAFM Explorer and EPAM provided delegates with practical insights from customer case studies and discussed current software and future innovations for managing property and estates to provide more efficient and cost effective workplaces. 

The day started with a keynote speech from Stephen Talboys, Director of Facilities and Estates at the University of Salford, discussing the three main drivers for creating fit for purpose learning, living and working environments. These three requirements are for estates to be:

  • Effective: services developed collaboratively and continuously improved and developed to better meet needs of student, staff and partners. Ongoing customer feedback proves the success of these services.
  • Economic: facilities and IT drive change and look at new ways of working by prioritising investment in the right blend of space and technology, leading to cashable savings and additional, related benefits.
  • Efficient: achieved by meeting statutory/corporate KPIs for information, health and safety, sustainability and utilisation whilst enabling academic quality, growth and diversity. Success can be seen by benchmarking with Gartner and HESA reports and by following the Estate Plan. Success is also reflected by the size of the EFIT (Estates, Facilities, IT) department, carbon usage and estate utilisation.

To learn more about our work with the University of Salford, download the case study.

Other topics of discussion during the day included linking separate facilities with various functionalities together to form one large, combined estate. This linked in nicely to Idox's Essex Property Asset Map (EPAM), a hosted, publicly available mapping solution operated by The Essex Property Group (EPG). EPG is a partnership of Essex public sector organisations that required a shared, location based, property resource to support greater collaboration and enable better decision-making relating to land and property estates owned or leased by its members.

To learn more about the Essex Property Asset Map, visit: EPAM