Space audits are based on space utilisation survey data, and related information from college and university management systems.
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The primary objectives include to:
- estimate space requirements on the basis of recognised performance criteria for the sector and agreed efficiency levels;
- recommend strategies to improve space efficiency based on the analysis of current utilisation levels;
- assess the possible implications of estimated space requirements on possible property strategies.
The precise objectives of the audit are tailored to the specific needs of individual colleges and universities.
Specialist software has been developed in association with the funding councils and has a proven record of success in assisting the formulation of plans designed to enhance flexible course provision and financial viability.
Glasgow School of Art: Mackintosh Building
Space utilisation levels associated with various teaching facilities plotted onto building plans.
FIGURE 1: SPACE UTILISATION LEVELS
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Space utilisation surveys and course audits are the subject of detailed reports and comprehensive statistical analyses. The imaginative presentation of output helps staff to review the findings of the reports.