SAN Series 56: Taking a Corporate Approach to Prioritising Property Projects – Darlington

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Event summary

With ever reducing resources it’s vital to ensure that any financial expenditure is backed up by a clearly established need.


14 February 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:30


Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel
9-12 Priestgate
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Standard price

£375.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£250.00 excl VAT

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About this event

With so many demands placed on limited finances, how is it possible to prioritise asset-related capital investment proposals to reflect corporate priorities, address issues associated with risk management and consider revenue implications.

This event will look at the stages in a corporate approach to prioritising property related capital expenditure, including:

  • key business case stages
  • project initiation templates and procedures
  • getting the strategic context clear
  • when and where not to embark upon detailed option appraisal and estimation
  • developing a consistent and collaborative bidding process
  • ensuring links to strategic outcomes
  • systematically ranking proposals to make sure the highest priority projects go forward.

Who should attend

Anyone involved either directly or indirectly in strategic issues affecting local government, and in particular the strategic management of property assets, who wish to: 

  • connect with key strategic initiatives and translate them into practical solutions for their property management 
  • learn from good practice elsewhere and make evidence-based decisions, supporting organisational efficiency.  

This may include strategic delivery managers, strategic property managers and asset managers, strategic finance managers, corporate policy and performance managers, and anyone involved in the strategic management of property assets.

Learning objectives

At the end of the event you will have a range of tools and techniques you need to help you:

  • devise your own clearly-defined process for property related projects which provides a focus on forward planning linked to corporate and service visions and priorities
  • eradicate abortive time spent on the development of estimates and studies for unsupported projects
  • ensure greater awareness of overall land and building funding needs and how these link to individual service priorities in context with 'the bigger picture'
  • replace inter-service competitive bidding with a more collaborative approach and a shift to greater partnership working
  • more clearly define revenue implications which tie into the investment decision
  • have more effective, transparent and speedy decision making.


  • Asset management
  • / Professional development
  • / Property

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Speaker - Susan Robinson, Property Networks Manager, CIPFA Property

Susan Robinson

Susan Robinson is an RICS qualified surveyor and the Property Networks Manager within the CIPFA group. Susan delivers the CIPFA’s Strategic Assets Network and Property Training Network across the UK and Highway Asset Management Network, as well as advising on asset managements and asset valuation issues throughout the UK and undertaking a range of related consultancy projects.

Speaker - David Bentley, Head of Asset Management, CIPFA

David Bentley

David is a professionally qualified quantity surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. He has been with CIPFA since 1998 and in this time has become known as one of the leading UK experts on property and asset management within the public sector.