One Public Estate – Lambeth

One Public Estate – Lambeth


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.

Case study – One Public Estate Lewisham

One Public Estate – Lewisham

One Public Estate – Lewisham

We generated a collaborative working relationship between Lewisham CCG, Lambeth Council and public sector partners. The partnership was awarded OPE status and £200,000 in November 2016.

Local Estates Strategies

Local Estates Strategies

The Challenge
Community Health Partnerships (CHP) required Local Estate Strategies (LES) for Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich CCGs.

Barts Health NHS Trust – property disposal

Barts Health NHS Trust – property disposal

The issue:

Following the merger of three NHS trusts in April 2012, Barts became one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK, serving a population of 2.5 million in East London and beyond. The Trust operates from six hospital sites and several community buildings, resulting in a duplication of services and a complicated and fragmented property portfolio.

Services were being streamlined and the Trust had the opportunity to evaluate and rationalise its estate and identify the sites that were no longer needed or used. The Trust had already invested in new, modern, fit for purpose facilities. The disposal of unused property offered Barts the possibility of a meaningful financial return to invest in the new Cardio Centre, Whitechapel.

Our unique approach:

Our team was able to maximise profit for Barts by obtaining planning information, de-risking the site and managing a highly competitive disposal process.

Essentia supported the client in the following areas;

* Planning; including pre-application meetings

* Options appraisal and feasibility assessment

* Development consultancy and appraisal

* Soft market testing

* Disposal

* Co-ordination of a comprehensive commission of site-specific surveys.

* Business case support

* Liaising with the TDA