In an era of funding cuts and increased competition, universities, public bodies and other complex institutions need, more than ever, to ensure that they have the necessary strategies in place to ensure that all their assets – both physical and human – are organised in the most efficient way possible. An increased focus on the quality of, and flexibility within, the teaching and workplace environments means that organisations need to maximise their operational efficiency in order to be able to respond quickly to demands placed on finite resources.
When developing medium- and long-term strategies involving changes made to the estate, organisations must be able to take a wide overview – not just across all departments and facilities, but across all the many interactions between them, in terms of staffing, scheduling, training timetabling and actual usage.
This, of course, means an increasingly centralised, more holistic approach towards utilising space, whereby space is used efficiently, unlocking the potential for individual departments within an organisation to maximise their space utilisation without compromising quality of work or flexibility. In order to realise this full potential of space, organisations need to have the right tools – to be able to gauge needs effectively, with meaningful and accurate data that assists with informed planning and operational decisions.