Huge advancements are being made as to how public buildings are used and managed. In turn, this is supporting the delivery of improved public services and significant progress is being made with much of our activity focusing on offices and the sale of surplus properties.
The public sector across Scotland is considering office workspace as a target for creating a smaller, leaner, greener, and more effective and smarter property estate.
The essence of this approach is increased sharing in fewer buildings, improving collaboration, delivering significant efficiencies and savings, and identifying opportunities for wider benefits based on new modern ways of working.
As part of our space and money saving New Ways of Working initiative, which is running across many public sector organisations, Scottish Government’s Social Security Directorate at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow is the latest to sign-up through its Smarter Workplaces programme.
The aim of the programme is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the offices that public sector staff work from which will also reap huge financial savings of £28m a year.
As well as helping others, we too embarked upon our own New Ways of Working programme, with the benefits clearly to be seen as this video demonstrates: