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Strategic management of the public estate plays a critical role in enabling service performance and delivering service transformation.

Flexible, adaptable and affordable property solutions that make the very best use of existing buildings will always be prioritised before we help our clients develop new build solutions.

Estates strategy and planning is a fundamental part of a business’s service planning and should be an intrinsic part of strategic service planning and objective setting.

Put simply, Estates Strategy and Planning is:

Where are we’ – baseline position and performance

‘Where are we going’ – service ambitions, financial landscape, estate needs.

‘How to get there’ – strategy, action plans, funding solutions

We want to help you to

  • Fill capacity and commercial skills gaps
  • Utilise private sector expertise
  • Deliver change at pace
  • Improve estate KPIs
  • Understand the full potential of your estate
  • Integrate cross-sector working
  • Maximise the benefits of One Public Estate
  • Improve utilisation, efficiency, quality and accessibility
  • Access finance without losing control

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Specific Services include:

Where are we’  

  • Review existing estate plans and performance
  • Estate utilisation studies
  • Evaluation of estate: 6-facet surveys
  • Demographic mapping and profiling
  • Costs of occupancy
  • Environmental sustainability review
  • Customer facing and administration ratio analysis
  • Energy management and procurement reviews
  • Mapping estate – service points and catchment
  • Mapping the wider local estate issues
  • Statutory compliance and quality standards
  • Functional suitability reviews
  • Customer satisfaction monitoring
  • FM market testing,
  • Lease and service charge review
  • Property and land valuation,
  • Business rate review
  • Buildings insurance

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‘Where are we going?’

  • Align estate with the service plans
  • Opportunity to create new revenue streams
  • Transformation planning
  • Public services integration to benefit users
  • Drive efficiency, capacity through improved utilisation
  • Estate workforce planning
  • Improving environmental performance

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 ‘How to get there’ 

  • Strategic Estates Plan – developing and delivering
  • Programme and project management
  • Funding – grants and commercial investments
  • Business case development – including invest to save
  • Prioritisation of premises investment and disinvestment
  • Strategies for disposing of land and buildings
  • Restructuring existing property agreements
  • Adaptation and refurbishment plans
  • Compliant contracting options
  • Risk and reward – reducing client risks and costs
  • Modern method of construction (MMC) – what’s best
  • Ensure facilities can continue to meet quality standards
  • Service and estate rationalisation planning
  • Disposal valuations
  • Redevelopment appraisals

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Our clients say...


"We have found Castel Gate Projects to be a valuable estates partner supporting in our strategic planning needs and providing invaluable advice on both property and funding solutions."

Fiona Betts, Commissioning Manager, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council