Public sector

Our public sector specialists help the sector use their property portfolios more efficiently, reducing costs and ensuring value for money.

Finding vital savings in your property portfolio

Finding savings is imperative in the current climate, where the public sector is under significant budgetary constraint.

Due to changing policies and new working practices, many public sector organisations find that their property portfolios no longer support the delivery of front line services and back office operations in a cost effective way.

We can help reduce unnecessary estates costs and increase efficiency.

Experience across the public sector

We work with over 250 public sector organisations, from central government to local authorities, emergency services, education and healthcare sector organisations.

That means we provide property advice for and manage some of the country’s most complex property portfolios – with impressive results.

For one authority alone we generated over £250m in property receipts, and the combined real estate value of another three of our public sector clients amounts to over £6 billion.


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We’re dedicated to the public sector

Our dedicated public sector teams combine an in-depth understanding of how the public sector works with a comprehensive range of property market skills.

We currently work with more than 250 public sector bodies and at any one time we have the equivalent of around 100 full-time staff working in the sector. That means we can provide a highly responsive and knowledgeable service, when you need us.

Local knowledge, nationwide expertise

Because we are on the ground in so many locations in the UK and Ireland, we see property from a local perspective – a fundamental requirement of public service delivery.

The advice we provide is informed by deep local market knowledge and experience that our public sector clients rely on. This ensures we can provide accurate advice, cost-effectively.

Where more in-depth property input is required, our Public Sector Services team – your initial point of contact – can access the support of our experts across all property sectors. Together, this ensures we deliver innovative solutions based on sector best practice.

Find out more about our work with public sector clients

Whether you operate within central government, an agency, departments, local authorities, the emergency services, or in the education or health sectors, we can help you make the most of your property portfolio.

With specialist teams and a successful track record working with and delivering service solutions to your area, you can rely on us for sector-specific expertise and input.

Central government

We work with central government organisations such as Government Property Unit, Local Government Ombudsman and Ministry of Justice providing best practice and supporting delivery of smaller, efficient and sustainable government estate.


Our long term experience within the education sector and our commercial insight means we are uniquely placed to support the future schools sector and to contribute to the wider success of our clients in this field.

Emergency services

The experience we have acquired working with Hampshire, Thames Valley, West Midlands and Leicestershire Police Authorities as well as the Metropolitan Police Service, gives us in depth insight and understanding of the different aspects of policing and its community involvement.


As NHS Shared Business Scheme estates framework supplier, we help NHS and other healthcare organisations to assess and deliver strategy for current and future property needs.

Local government

We work with over 170 local authorities, including 18 London boroughs, helping to create portfolios that are cost efficient and fit for purpose.

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Estates services for Essex County Council
  • Long standing partnership since 1994
  • £23m in capital receipts delivered in 2011/12
  • Improving efficiency across council’s property portfolio
  • Partnership working with MITIE
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We provide a full range of professional and transactional property services across the public sector, offering national and local support and a proven understanding of public sector priorities. Find out more about our work with public sector clients


Auctions are popular for both property sellers and buyers. They provide an effective route to market, quality marketing and exchange of contract on the fall of the hammer, followed by completion in 28 days.

We have 45 years’ of auction experience, with a strong track record of repeat business from both public and private sector clients. Find out more about our auction services

Building consultancy

We can help you with construction project management, as well as issues ranging from costs to health & safety, due diligence and surveying and reporting. Find out more about our building consultancy services

Lease advisory

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, lease events – lease renewals, rent reviews or options to serve a break notice – are an opportunity to improve the terms of a lease.

It’s important that you use the best possible advice to make the most of the available opportunities and mitigate against risk – and to get that advice as early as possible. Find out more about our lease advisory services

Planning and development consultancy

We can give you direct, up-to-date and expert advice to resolve your development and planning problems.

Our experienced team will advise on land use, development opportunities, planning law, regeneration, viability and planning policy. Find out more about our planning and development consultancy services

Property management

Our property management service will help you outperform the market in occupier retention and reduce the risk profile of your property portfolio. Find out more about our property management services

Tips & guides

Our experience working across the public sector has given us a real insight into what you need to know about property portfolio management – and our services.

These free tips and guides capture some of expertise and provide valuable insights into creating a portfolio that is cost efficient and fit for purpose.

Procuring our services

When procuring services, public sector organisations need to demonstrate value for money and adhere to European procurement directives.

 Download our guide to procuring our services and delivering value for money

Local government and service delivery

We recognise that, from a local government perspective, property is about service. The need to deliver high quality service should lie at the heart of property strategy for local authorities.

Download our guide to enhancing service delivery through property

Understanding your estate

The need to manage the assets that support service delivery within the public sector is a critical factor in responding to current cuts in public sector spending. Data management is increasingly important in order to manage the estate effectively.

Download our guide to property data management in the public sector

Creating a CIL Charging Schedule

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is to replace S.106 contributions from April 2014. Undertaking a robust viability assessment is critical to maintaining development delivery.

Download our guide to creating a CIL Charging Schedule

The Police estate

Property is a strategic resource and the police estate is no exception. Targeting expenditure to key assets will help ease the increased pressure on budgets while maintaining frontline services.

Download our guide to maximising your property resources

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