Successful property services partnership praised

Last Updated: 10 August 2021

10 August 2021 

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has thanked and praised the excellent work of its property services contractor as preparations are made to bring the service back in-house.

The move will see four full-time and two part-time staff transfer from Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) after a successful five-year partnership. SLDC is also to recruit two full-time specialists to further complement the service.

During the partnership, an asset strategy has been formulated, a Strategic Asset Management Board set up and a Strategic Property Review undertaken and reviewed annually, with work identified having been undertaken, in the pipeline or feasibility studies having taken place on most of the council's strategic assets.

With the contract ending on 30 September this year and only a five-year extension available under the terms of the contract, Cabinet members agreed that the service should be brought back in-house.

With the decision on local government reform, and the requirement to consider best value, it was considered that a five-year extension was not appropriate at this time.

Councillor Andrew Jarvis, SLDC's Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Assets, said: "Bringing this service in-house will give the council control over its resources and be better able to ensure service continuity and a direct focus on service delivery, ensuring best value for the council.

"This move is in no way a reflection of the excellent quality of work provided by LSH, who have embraced our ethos of partnership working to deliver the best services we possibly can."

Richard Platt, a director of LSH, who heads the firm’s Kendal office, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with South Lakeland District Council over the past five years and have enjoyed working on many successful projects together.

“Our track record of working with local authorities is unrivalled and we would like to wish SLDC every success with their future endeavours. Should they require any help or advice in future, we would be more than willing to help and support them where we can.”