The Estates Department is responsible for the delivery of a quality estates function. Their remit covers far more than just planned and reactive maintenance contracts.
The work of the Estates Department goes into safeguarding all SCAS buildings and ensuring that associated equipment are in a safe operational condition and fit for purpose. Additionally, it is the Estates Department’s responsibility to ensure that the buildings meet changing operational needs.
Roles in Estates include:
- Head of Estates
- Estates Manager
- Estates Officer
- Estates Administrator
Basic standard education (3 GSCE) or equivalent is usually required.
For the role of Estates Manager, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) provides over 100 one, two and three day courses at locations within the UK. Most are available in London, although training is also offered in Leeds, Ireland and Scotland.
The courses cover virtually every aspect of managing buildings, such as acquisitions, disposal, fitting out, space planning, engineering services, catering, security, health & safety, contracting and many others.