Published date: 19 July 2020

Reconfiguration of vacant space to save the NHS £2.5m

The lease at St Peters House (Bolton CCG’s HQ) was nearing expiry and Bolton CCG were paying for a significant amount of vacant space (800 SQM) at nearby Lever Chambers Health Centre. A strategy was required during a period of significant organisational transformation, to reduce the floorspace occupied and deliver cost savings.

There was an opportunity to exit St Peters House at lease expiry in February 2020, so time was of the essence for our National Office Programme to review the options available.

A deal was struck by our Lease Events Team with the landlord at Lever Chambers to restructure the existing lease by removing the 2023 lease break and committing to the facility for a further 10 years. This provided the opportunity for Bolton CCG to consolidate its functions onto a smaller footprint, reduce its vacant space and to terminate the lease at St Peters House.

We have reduced vacant space at Lever Chambers by 50% as well as releasing 1,146 SQM, consolidating onto a smaller and more efficient footprint. This has delivered £2.5 million in savings to the NHS over a ten-year period.

Lever Chambers Health Centre includes reconfigured clinical and admin areas, refurbished rooms and increased capacity which will improve the patient and staff experience considerably. A greater number of bookable clinical rooms has enabled flexible use of space to meet changing and future needs. The third floor now accommodates 75 staff from Bolton CCG.

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“Absolutely delighted with the work to upgrade a ward at SACH. The standard and finish was excellent with staff feeling a real boost to their morale. NHS Property Services were very responsive to our changing requests so thank you."

Margaret West, Matron, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Reducing vacant space at Lever Chambers Health Centre