AUDE Higher Education Estates Management Report 2019
AUDE (the Association of University Directors of Estates) supports directors of estates and facilities management with their daily decision making and tasks across UK universities. AUDE publish an annual Higher Education Estates Management Report, and the 2019 edition provides insight and analysis of the state of the UK’s university estate.
This estate, in fact, constitutes one of the largest property holdings in the UK. AUDE reports that overall floor area increased to 22,561,588 m² (GIA) in 2019 with the largest rise attributable to the large research category which has grown by 50,000 m² to 900,000 m². UK student numbers are now 1.8 million.
AUDE also notes a small downturn in the quality of the estate and alerts members to that issue as a risk. The report notes that repairs and maintenance accounts for 32.6% of total property costs and outlines what is now a three-year-long reduction in maintenance spend. Directors of estates and facilities management in universities will be arguing strongly for investment to prevent the storing up of future problems suggested by these statistics.
ADW is working with the university and wider education sector to promote a ‘life cycle thinking’
approach to the management of repairs and maintenance on education estates – helping to develop a proactive approach to identifying the extent of their backlog maintenance and calculating the investment needed to reduce it. Buildings not only does this constitute a sizeable proportion of annual spend, the condition and performance of buildings also impacts carbon footprint and dramatically impacts on the quality of the student experience.
Read our blog – Reducing the Repairs Backlog of a University Estate