The Government Office Accommodation Programme continues to gain momentum with the Wellington regional opportunity being released into the market last month.
The programme aims to deliver a forward looking approach to the way we plan for and organise government office accommodation, and at the same time support the drive to regional growth, co-location opportunities and a standardised approach to fit out and design.
One of the first projects under the revised mandate for government property is looking at opportunities for government accommodation in the Wellington region. The Registration of Interest sought responses in three areas: the Kapiti Coast, Porirua City and/or the Hutt Valley. The responses are currently being evaluated, with the shortlisting of options expected to be notified to respondents this month. Once this evaluation is complete an indicative business case will be prepared, and submitted to the decision making governance group for the programme, the programme steering group.
Meanwhile, our property portfolio specialists have been working with agencies on determining accommodation needs in Auckland. This is being undertaken via a needs analysis process for the Auckland CBD and the ‘hub’ areas of Manukau, Takapuna/Albany. We anticipate the first of these opportunities to be taken to the market before the end of the year.
We are also looking at opportunities in the Wellington CBD, as well as exploring a range of regional opportunities in discussion with agencies, to support initiatives to join up the regional arm of government. Our work across the mandated agency property portfolio will align with the wider regional system leadership, where leaders have been appointed for convening cross-agency decision making forums.
Establishment of programme governance
The programme steering group, has a decision making function for the programme as a whole, and has agency representatives at the deputy chief executive level. We are in the process of setting up working groups for the projects and membership meets the needs of the particular project and includes property specialists and general managers from agencies and can also include council membership. Working groups make day-to-day decisions for the individual project by location.
Feeding in to the working groups will be leadership and guidance from a cross-government working group. This group represents leadership in the public sector on: people, resilience, digital technology, health and safety, security, and includes the professional capability, portfolio planning and property design and performance support from New Zealand Government Procurement and Property. These elements are essential components as part of the development of co-located office accommodation.
The layers of governance are important to ensure we are taking a joined up approach across government both at a project level and programme level.
If you have questions about the Government Office Accommodation Programme email us.