22 September 2008 | Andy Allen
A framework for property professional services has been launched to help public sector buyers.
The agreement, launched by OGCbuying.solutions, aims to provide an improved version of previous arrangements after incorporating detailed feedback from users.
For the first time the framework will include rating support services, providing information on business rates and taxes. Other services included under the framework include planning, property acquisition and disposal and lease renewals.
The new arrangements aim to help buyers achieve annual property management savings of up to £1.5 billion by 2013 under the OGC's "High Performing Property" programme (Web news, 26 February 2007).
Approved suppliers are Atisreal, Colliers CRE, Drivers Jonas, DTZ, GVA Grimley, King Sturge, Knight Frank and Lambert Smith Hampton.
Peter Jones, director of Birmingham Property Services, a local authority property consultancy managing a portfolio of £4 billion, described how the framework could save estates buyers time and money. He cited how engaging specialist negotiators to assist with three seven-figure deals between Birmingham City Council and Tesco had significantly reduced cost and saved time.