One Public Estate, Ipswich, Central and East Suffolk
“The Board were encouraged that the Partnership is continuing to work hard to develop a pipeline of projects. We were pleased to note the Partnership Board’s recent engagement and wider strategic focus with local health partners. This demonstrates the potential for additional project ideas to emerge in the future. The Partnership’s proposal to redevelop the Martlesham Police Headquarters was welcomed by the Board for embodying the One Public Estate cross-public sector ethos of partnership working. We recognised that its focus on collaborative engagement with blue lights services, local authorities and other public services showed a commitment to the OPE vision and that there could be substantial housing outputs.” – Angela Harrowing, Programme Director, One Public Estate
The government set up a new programme with supporting funding to release land for housing and transform local communities. The One Public Estate programme is a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Local Government Association. This programme now covers 95% of all local authority areas in England.
We were appointed to programme manage the Ipswich, Central and East Suffolk One Public Estate (OPE) Partnership to manage the programme of works funded under Phase 5, develop the partnership and build engagement in a pipeline of future opportunities. Our team were asked to apply for phase 7 OPE funding which was available for all multi cross sector partners, with £28 million available across all of the participating areas in England.
The extent of our work included the collaborative development of a funding submission and service plan for the business case and a high-level option appraisal for the relocation of the police HQ site currently based in Martlesham. We also allowed for the continued programme management of the Partnership. The piece of work involved collating information, analysing facts and figures in great detail, engaging with multiple partners, reviewing potential opportunities against the funding criteria, prioritising partner objectives and completing the extensive bid protocol required for the submission. The timescales were challenging and included multiple stakeholder approval processes to achieve partner, board and distinctly PCC sign off. The final report was submitted, as an appendix to the original service plan, to central government for consideration.
We were successful in obtaining £135,000 of funding across two projects for the Ipswich and Central Suffolk One Public Estate Partnership. £75,000 was approved for the project entitled “Redevelopment of Martlesham Police Headquarters” and £60,000 was approved for the continued “Programme Management” of the Partnership.