Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) Programme
Cushman & Wakefield was appointed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in November 2014 to develop an Estate Strategy for its probation estate as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) Programme. The Estate Strategy was required to support the operational requirements of the National Probation Service (NPS) and the newly formed Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), and needed to ensure that the CRC’s and NPS requirements are feasible and deliverable.
There were approximately 450 properties across England and Wales occupied by CRC staff, either in sole occupation or in shared occupation with the NPS. Cushman & Wakefield advised on the portfolio rationalisation and disposal strategy for hundreds of properties dispersed throughout the UK either on the back of Cushman & Wakefield’s value for money analysis or CRC relocation plans. The team advised on ‘exit’ implications and disposability of the remaining lease liabilities or freeholds for approximately 250 properties by 2016.
Cushman & Wakefield had core regional teams involving Public Sector Consulting who led the work and drew on additional support where required. For example, where CRCs intended to remain in MoJ properties Cushman & Wakefield commented on any modifications that may have been required. Likewise, building surveyor’s advised on dilapidations liabilities if MoJ intended to exit properties.
Over a 5 month period, Cushman & Wakefield’s Public Sector Consulting Team successfully developed strategies for over 400 MoJ property interests across 21 CRC areas in England and Wales. The strategies were formally presented to the MoJ’s Estates Transforming Rehabilitation Board on a monthly basis requiring an intensive and wide-ranging programme of stakeholder engagement, coupled with an appropriate level of challenge and analysis.
The Estate Strategy developed by Cushman & Wakefield has enabled the MoJ to identify projects that will potentially result in significant property costs savings and facilitate a number of disposals that will contribute to MoJ capital receipts targets.
Cushman & Wakefield Public Sector Advisory Team has met the requirements of the commission in a professional and efficient manner, working closely with its Corporate Real Estate Management team responsible for day to day management of the MoJ’s probation portfolio. We have appreciated Cushman & Wakefield’s willingness to flex in order to meet requirements in an uncertain environment that has caused frequent change.
The Estate Strategy developed by Cushman & Wakefield has enabled the MoJ to identify projects that will potentially result in significant property costs savings and facilitate a number of disposals that will contribute to MoJ capital receipts targets. We will continue to work with Cushman & Wakefield as the project moves into the Delivery Phase.
Joan Wingfield; Estates Lead for Transforming Rehabilitation Programme; Ministry of Justice