The following issues are covered in this chapter.
- Traditionally, real estate management was where responsibility for managing facility-related services was to be found. The emergence of facility management as a distinct discipline has meant that responsibility for real estate – in organizations without a prior interest in it – has become part of facility management.
- Organizations today have many options for meeting their space requirements. These range from the highly formalized, such as the acquisition of a new facility, through to renting temporary space (either serviced or non-serviced).
- For organizations in the early stages of business growth, totally serviced workplaces have much to offer in terms of convenience and economy. For more established organizations, there could be need for readily available workplaces to help mobilize a new operation, relocate an existing team or recover from an incident.
- Space efficiency can be a key factor in the success of the organization. The drivers for space and demand into the future have to be understood. A balance has to be struck between what the organization needs and what it can afford, and this is referred to as its sustainable space provision.
- Planning for change in the use of a facility can arise from the ongoing management of the existing facility; it might otherwise arise from a business decision that has identified a need that is best satisfied by a new or refurbished facility.
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