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Youri Wildeman of Lone Rooftop discusses how universities often have more space available across their campuses than they think.
Lack of space – It’s a common problem and affects all types of organisations, from global corporations to public sector organisations and universities, they are all struggling to accommodate staff, services and activities.
Take higher education for example. With tens of thousands of students and staff, thousands of lectures, tutorials and seminars plus complex timetables, it’s not surprising that space is the second biggest expenditure for most universities after staff costs. Allow me to add some data points here to indicate the sheer volume we’re talking about: according to the 2017 AUDE Estates Management Survey Report, UK Universities employ approximately 330,000 staff and educate 1.7 million students in an estate of just under 22 million square metres. Universities spend approximately £2 billion per year on running their estates (including £376m on energy) plus a further £3 billion per annum on refurbishments or new buildings.
All this space is in high demand and the available capacity seems to get tighter every academic term. It’s therefore no surprise either that estates teams resort to building new campuses or renting additional buildings to accommodate teaching, learning and research activities. In 2016, roughly half a million square metres was added to the total estate of UK universities. Yet with many running at occupancy levels of just 30-50%, contrary to their perceptions, they might actually have a surfeit of space. Perhaps what they actually need is a method of organising and managing their existing resources more effectively, rather than making substantial property investments.
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