Good Estate Management & Achieving Targets

20 Apr 2023
Sheikh Zayed Theatre

Case Study: How a Multi-Academy Trust can deliver carbon reduction targets - Matt Isherwood, Director, Barker

Creating collaborative and flexible spaces to boost utilisation and contribute to net-zero - Andy Baker-Falkner, Director, Tate+Co, Mary Whittaker, Estates Development Manager, Birkbeck University of London & Nick Coakley, Director of Estates Management and Development, York St. John University

Collaborative spaces have the potential to significantly increase estates utilisation rates and accelerate the path to achieving a net-zero campus. Our talk will provide two recent real-life examples of ways to achieve this. The first project is our Agile Working space for Birkbeck, University of London’s, Professional Services. The second project is our student-focused Creative Centre for York St. John University. Birkbeck, University of London, benefitted from the significant acceleration of agile working over the last 3 years. The rapid transition to remote working and working from home has presented itself as a huge opportunity for Birkbeck and other educational institutions to transform the way they operate. There are challenges in managing this change: dealing with embedded long-held working attitudes, operational constraints as well working with existing buildings. However, the benefits to staff are clear: an improved workspace, healthy and vibrant surroundings and creating a sense of community. There are also critical benefits to the wider institution. We have demonstrated that when done well moving to agile working can improve utilisation, create a central pool for resources and provide a strategy for investment in key buildings whilst jettisoning underperforming ones. York St. John University wanted to create a ‘sticky-campus’, as well as new student facing facilities and collaborative space, both structured and unstructured. The result was the Creative Centre, a low-carbon new building in the centre of the campus. The civic heart of the building is the atrium, which acts as a mixing valve for students and staff across all departments. This unprogrammed ‘third-space’ is invaluable to the university, and always occupied. Critically this is not one large space, but a series of smaller ‘rooms’.

Trevor Wills, Director of Estates & Facilities - University of Plymouth
Matt Isherwood, Associate - Barker
Andy Baker-Falkner, Director - Tate+Co
Mary Whittaker, Estates Development Manager - Birkbeck University of London
Nick Coakley, Director, Estates Management and Development - York St. John University