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MARKET REPORT - WARKS TAPS INTO BK'S PROPERTY EXPERTISE

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Warwickshire CC is outsourcing the property management of all its offices, industrial units, magistrates courts, li...
Warwickshire CC is outsourcing the property management of all its offices, industrial units, magistrates courts, libraries, fire stations and schools rather than reappoint top staff.

Property assets consultancy BK will use the council's IT systems and 'hot-desk space' to integrate with the in-house property team.

If successful, the deal could have wider implications for councils.

A statement from the firm said: 'The council will be able to tap into the complete range of BK property skills. The council will also be able to call on specific expertise on a flexible basis rather than having to retain a large property team in house.'

The contract will run for three years, with an option to extend for a further two if successful.

The contract will run for three years, with an option to extend for a further two if it is successful. It involves 1,000 properties with an asset value of more than£600m.

Warwickshire's property services director Peter Ridley said: 'This new approach provides the county council with greater flexibility and access to a wide range of expertise through BK.

'As a number of posts became vacant in the department, we took the opportunity to try this new initiative.

'Rather than simply recruit new staff, we decided to work with a partner agency so we could combine our extensive knowledge and provide best value services.'

Head of BK's public sector division Angus Mylles said best value has forced councils to take a critical look at their property assets.

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