A jargon filled article that I found in LSBU's LSBulletin (October 2004) - nothing more recent seems to be on their website...
"A lot of behind-the-scenes work has gone on at the terraces since the last report on St
George's Circus (LSBulletin May, Issue 004) appeared. Work continues on developing the site's estate strategy and this builds on progress made during the initial part of the St
George's Circus Design Definition Phase. On the St George's Circus
site itself considerable work has been going on to enable safe access for site visits to allow for necessary survey work on the terrace building, former pub and chapel.
"Creating an estates strategy for an organisation as large and complex as LSBU will always be involved. Consultation with HEFCE Estates and other institutions involved in major capital development has helped shape the approach. Through the different tasks within the project we are aiming to address both future demands on the estate, and deliver options about how best to meet these with a flexible and affordable space that best supports the University's activities well into the future.
"On the demand side, you may have read in LSBUlletin (September, Issue 007, pg3 ‘2020 Vision') about the work that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is engaged in to help develop a range of likely scenarios of LSBU development over the next 16 years. This work takes the SDP and current five-year forecasts as its starting point and
challenges both, before extrapolating student number forecasts to LSBU 2020. It is
intended that the LSBU 2020 work, when complete, will inform the development of the
current SDP and future strategic planning, as well as develop the new estate strategy.
Alexi Marmot Associates (AMA), spatial planners, have been commissioned to lead the
production of an estates strategy, and associated business case for St George's
Circus. Their work to establish future space needs, in terms of capacity and type is
• Information gathered during work to establish the need for, and potential of,
St George's Circus
• Continued stakeholder consultation, both within and outside the University.
"On the supply side, Bernard Williams Associates (BWA) are generating costed
information on which to base scenarios for future estate planning. In order to establish
the true costs of meeting current and future estate liabilities, BWA have assessed all
buildings on the Southwark estate (including residences) to determine condition, value and costs. The resulting data set is being used to underpin analysis of future estate options.
"The initial phase revealed the scale of investment required for a large, high quality
building, sympathetic to heritage issues. Another part of BWA's remit is to identify possible funding solutions and compare and contrast these to arrive at recommendations, for the estate in general, and St George's Circus
in particular, that will be financially sustainable in the long term.
"All of this activity is continuing as part of an overarching project to deliver both a
recommended estates strategy, and a business plan for the University's next major building development. As part of the process the Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on 22 November to focus on the estate, prior to considering the formal
strategy and business case at its meeting on 16 December.
"Further updates on the St George's Circus
project will be published in future editions of
Bulletin - and we plan to deliver a full update in the New Year. In the meantime, please
direct any questions you may have to Gail McCartan on e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org