Primary and secondary education
In many countries, nursery, primary and secondary schools constitute in terms of surface area and value the most significant property assets of local authorities, who are responsible for their construction, their upkeep and their maintenance.
These property assets play a decisive role in the financial health of local authorities, as well of course as fulfilling an essential part of their public service mission.
However, these assets can be subject to significant alterations:
- Chronic ageing of the facilities
- Recurring need to ensure their regulatory compliance, particularly in terms of accessibility and energy saving
- The digital revolution, bringing with it new resources for teaching
- Transfer of skills between local authorities.
A genuine strategy for managing assets is essential. This should include:
- Developing works programmes extending over several years, aimed at maintaining the assets in good condition.
- Grouping together educational establishments, for example at primary school (school groups), pooling joint functions between establishments and public facilities, such as school catering, sports facilities, etc.
- Rationalising the uptake rate of the spaces, or indeed opening up establishments and putting them to external uses between 40% and 50% of the time: for associations, clubs, senior citizens, etc.
- Generating revenue from existing assets, or indeed alienation where appropriate
- At the same, it is important to re-assert the role these establishments play in underpinning local services and promoting social cohesion and the urban network.
In this sector, Espelia deploys its full operational expertise. More specifically, the firm supports local authorities in:
- analysing the functioning of existing services
- analysing needs and the suitability of the existing range of services, particularly in terms of quantity (number of places) and organisation (opening hours, activities proposed, etc.)
- analysing the modes of organisation and governance of the services offered
- in improving service efficiency: contracting operations, creation of public or public/private operators, monitoring and optimisation of the running of facilities