cover of report for One Public Estate


Lambeth CCG, the London Borough of Lambeth and eight other public sector organisations submitted a One Public
Estate (OPE) Phase 5 application.

Our role

This ambitious application involved ten partners across the public sector.

As facilitators, we managed communication between the partners to ensure the smooth-running of this proposal. To do this we ran workshops to identify the projects which would meet the OPE core criteria to then attract the required funding. We also provided high-level support in creating the content for the Expression of Interest (EOI) and Stage 2 Services & Assets Delivery Plan (SADP).

‘The OPE initiative will help us deliver better services and regenerate parts of the borough for our citizens.
Essentia helped us develop the funding application by identifying the key projects,
meaning we successfully obtained the funding.’
Sandra Roebuck – Programme Director, London Borough of Lambeth

Other partners included:

  • Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  • The Lambeth GP Federation
  • London Ambulance Service
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Community Health Partnerships
  • NHS Property Services Ltd


On 27 January, it was announced that Lambeth had received OPE status. The partners received £275,000 of initial funding for three core projects.


OPE is a joint Local Government Association and Cabinet Office initiative. It encourages local government and public sector organisations to work collaboratively in boroughs, or wider geographies, regarding their land and property assets.

OPE projects must:

  • Create economic growth (new homes and jobs)
  • Increase integration and customer-focused services
  • Generate capital receipts
  • Reduce running costs

It’s a successful and major plank of Government funding (to date £30m+) with approximately 50 per cent of all local authorities now with OPE status and funding.

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