Built environment advice and research

Ramidus Consulting

Independent analysis for property investors, developers and policy makers
Efficient and effective workplaces for occupiers

Experience

The following is a brief review of some recent work undertaken by Ramidus for our growing client base. Much of our work contains market/business sensitivities, and we are therefore only able to show a small cross section of work.

Market knowledge for investors, developers and policy makers

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British Council for Offices Appointed to undertake the largest ever study of occupancy densities in office buildings, to inform a BCO Guide to Office Specification. Collected and analysed data on 2.5 million sq m of office space.

Carter Jonas A review of the agricultural industry in order to write the first edition of a publication, The Agricultural Investment Indicator, aimed at informing the firm's clients about industry and market trends, and the prospects for investing in the sector. We update the publication annually.

City of London Corporation The project quantified and described the breadth and depth of the City’s office stock, and described the stock's occupational profile and how this has changed over recent years. We undertook the same exercise for the City Fringe. We examined records on 3,000 buildings, adding up to 106 million sq ft, and encompassing 6,900 occupational records.

City of London Corporation Project to assess the role and contribution of serviced offices to the City economy. The study focuses on the SMEs and helps to explain how the serviced office market is providing accommodation to meet the needs of this highly dynamic sector of the City economy.

City of Westminster A major study assessing the impact of prime residential property on the borough of Westminster. The project assessed a large amount of evidence and helped to provide Council officers with a very detailed picture of the market for homes valued at over £2m. This is a highly political topic and output from the project underwent intense scrutiny.

Hertfordshire Alongside Roger Tym & Partners, undertook market research for seven district councils – The London Arc – to assess the prospects for the commercial property market in the region. The work involved detailed assessments of sites and supply-demand dynamics.

London Borough of Camden We have recently supported Roger Tym & Partners in an Employment Land Study for Camden. The work involved a detailed audit of all the borough's commercial and industrial markets in order to make policy recommendations relating to future supply-demand balances.

London Borough of Lewisham With Roger Tym & Partners, undertook an Employment Land Review in Lewisham. Ramidus' role was to analyse the industrial and office property markets in the borough, and make policy recommendations over the future protection and provision of land for the respective markets.

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London Borough of Richmond Alongside Roger Tym & Partners, a land and premises study to prepare evidence-based, economic rationale for the retention of employment premises in light of recommendations of NPPF.

Mayor's Office (Greater London Authority) Ramidus contributed to a study led by URS which examined the evolution of Incubators, Accelorators and Co-working spaces in London. The project involved extensive case study work, examination of business models and mapping of centres.

Mayor's Office (Greater London Authority) Ramidus has undertaken the three most recent editions of the London Office Policy Review (2007, 2009, 2012). This is a strategic assessment of London's office market, influencing the spatial planning policies of the London Plan. LOPR is highly influential in determining the GLA's stance on office provision in the capital.

Needspace Appointed by Wates subsidiary Needspace to assess the market for managed office space in the South London region. Work involved a detailed assessment of local market conditions as well as an examination of the commercial business case for investing in the sector.

Multi-client study Ramidus has recently completed a study looking at the warehouse market in West London, to investigate the changing priorities of operators and the implications for building design. Sponsors of the project included: Jones Lang LaSalle, Park Royal Partnership, SEGRO and Wilson James.

Multi-client study As research partner for Business Vantage, Ramidus undertook a project examining relationships in the property supply chain - Equal Partners Three. The sponsors included: Barclays Bank, Bovis Lend Lease, Broadway Malyan, Johnson Controls, Land Securities Trillium and The Crown Estate. The project examined the issues behind tensions in the supply chain and provided a basis for cross industry discussions on how to improve supply chain efficiency.

Obsidian Appointed to review a major mixed use development in East London, to assess its commercial viability and its attributes in the context of local plan policies. The work produced a robust evidence base to support planning discussion with the local authority.

SEGRO We were asked by SEGRO to undertake a market study of the industrial sector in the west London region. The research made a detailed appraisal of supply demand dynamics, and looked ahead to make recommendations based on forecasts of market change.

St Bride's Appointed by fund manager St Bride’s to provide research to underpin its UK investment strategy. Work involved a detailed assessment of all main property sectors and the wider economic, social, political and environmental factors likely to influence their prospects. Work was applied at city level to guide geographical focus of investment.

Briefing and workplace planning for occupiers

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Adur & Worthing Council Prepared an accommodation strategy for Worthing Borough Council and neighbouring Adur District Council focusing on maximising the efficiency of space use and improving the effectiveness of the occupied estate. The project involved proposals to make 30% savings in space alongside a series of costed options. The recommendations also included a re-stack of the accommodation to optimise adjacencies and operational effectiveness.

City of London Prepared an assessment of the use of six HQ buildings. The work involved workplace studies, a financial appraisal and preparation of costed options for a consolidation strategy. The recommendations entailed a reconfiguration of space use and significant efficiency savings (up to 25%), as well as a strategy for higher utilisation, a new approach to meeting room provision and a strategy for sharing space with other organisations.

City of Westminster Ramidus worked with the Community Protection department at the City of Westminster to prepare a brief for their relocation to City Hall in Victoria Street, SW1. Ramidus prepared a detailed statement of need for the 320 staff, based on interviews with business unit heads, which addressed pressing business imperatives and at the same time introduced a flexible working agenda.

Elmbridge Borough Council A review of the office accommodation to determine how well it is being used and to define space needs in the medium-term. Our study recommended workplace standards and policies; identified cultural change issues and new ways of working opportunities, and provided a cost-benefit analysis.

Energis Ramidus was asked by Energis to examine their occupancy of three buildings accommodating nearly 2,000 people, and to make recommendations for efficiency savings. We undertook internal and external benchmarking of facilities costs and occupancy standards. Ramidus examined the layouts and use of space, carried out a utilisation study of the clients' buildings and made radical proposals for efficiency savings of up to 20%.

Hampshire Police Authority Alongside LSH, undertook a review of the Force’s estate strategy. Work involved a review of HPA information and data sources, including the operational context and the Force’s changing priorities. Prepared scenarios for the future provision of a fit-for-purpose estate. The scenarios ranged from relatively modest change, to quite radical proposals. Each outlined a statement of requirements, and we applied financial appraisals to each in order to identify their likely costs and benefits.

London Borough of Islington Ramidus worked with Islington to provide a high level overview of its administrative estate comprising c25,000 sq m and accommodating 1,850 staff. The work involved interviews with senior officers and members to develop a "business-driven" approach to defining its future needs. The work looked at innovative occupancy solutions and the potential to make major cost savings.

London Borough of Lambeth Undertook a review of the administrative estate, housing 3,900 staff in nine buildings. Work took account of a changing council structure and service delivery model to provide a statement of requirement for an estate based on reduced headcount, flexible working and changing priorities.

National Audit Office As part of a team led by Concerto Consulting, we undertook a project to advise the NAO on the potential to secure major space efficiencies in Government occupation of central London offices. The project involved identifying and presenting best practice is space use through case studies; data analysis of current Government occupation, and radical proposals for alternative styles of occupancy.

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Office of Government Commerce Working alongside IPD on the Property Benchmarking Service, we undertook a project, the Voice of the User Programme, to examine how data is being used to achieve High Performing Property objectives.

Office of Government Commerce (OGC) We recently supported IPD on a major project to provide the research evidence and persuasive arguments to allow the OGC to begin working with Government Departments to introduce workplace standards targets.

Orange Business Services We undertake space planning and move planning for an estate accommodating over 2,000 people in six buildings. Work has involved taking briefs from divisional heads and preparing statements of need. Recently we planned the consolidation of over 700 people from three buildings into one.

Really Useful Group Ramidus undertook helped this media business define a strategy for dealing with its two main central London office buildings, totalling 3,500 sq m. The total amount of space was far in excess of need and Ramidus defined a process for consolidation into one building and disposal of the other.

Thames Valley Police As part of a team led by Lambert Smith Hampton, we reviewed the TVP estate to provide advice on its efficiency and effectiveness, and to advise on the potential for introducing flexible working styles. The work involved interviews with senior management, building surveys and utilisation surveys.