One Public Estate Programme granted a further £197,500
Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council
have won further funding as part of the One Public Estate
Over half a million pounds was awarded last
year to enable a programme of initiatives aimed at improving the
management of public sector assets; and this month a further
£197,500 was granted as part of the second phase of the
The One Public Estate (OPE) programme is a
pioneering initiative aimed at improving the management of public
sector land and property that is currently underused or has the
potential for improvement and development. OPE are working with
almost three quarters of councils in England with the aim of
creating 44,000 new jobs, developing 25,500 new homes and reducing
public sector running costs by £98 million.
Bedford Borough Council and Central
Bedfordshire Council joined the OPE programme in April 2016. Since
then this has progressed with an ambitious programme of work
focused on regenerating Bedford town centre and delivering projects
aimed at improving health and social care integration across
Bedfordshire, in order to provide integrated health and social care
closer to where people live.
The OPE programme involves working in
partnership with a number of organisations including the
Bedfordshire Police, the NHS, Network Rail, and local housing
associations; and in their first year the team have celebrated a
number of successes through cross organisational working.
Early successes for the OPE programme
· Former bpha
offices in Horne Lane in Bedford town centre have been converted
into twenty three residential units, providing low cost housing and
creating eleven jobs.
· A number of the
Bedfordshire Police staff have been relocated to Borough Hall in
Bedford following an extensive renovation. This has been integral
to work surrounding Greyfriars police station in Bedford town
centre that will be taking place as the project progresses.
· The Raleigh
Training Centre is being refurbished to create a dedicated training
suite and meeting space available to all Bedfordshire public
· Development of a
complex needs service centre is underway on the former site of the
Clarence Hotel, St John’s Street Bedford.
conversion of Endsleigh House in Bedford, former nursing
accommodation site, to residential units has been agreed. The site
is expected to yield over 40 resident units.
· Progress is being
made on an Integrated Health and Care Hub on the Biggleswade
· Work has also
started on planning for an Integrated Health and Care Hub in in
Dunstable, which will allow GP Practices to work closely together
with other health and social care teams.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said
‘The One Public Estate programme has helped the councils to bring
public bodies together in the task of making the most of local
public land and property on behalf of the community at large. By
working across different sectors, it will allow us to deliver
schemes that will have the biggest impact for local residents.’
‘In the first year the team have had many
successes, and these are set to grow as this fantastic project
delivers economic regeneration and integration across Bedford
Councillor Brian Spurr, Central Bedfordshire
Council’s Executive Member for Health, added “Our ambition is to
use the One Public Estate funding to help us bring together health
and social care in a way that is accessible to local people –
improving the health care experience, developing more productive
partnerships and making better use of public assets.
“We will continue to work together to develop
integrated health and care hubs in Central Bedfordshire to provide
local access to sustainable integrated services for an ageing and