The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) owns over 10,000 hectares of land across England including an extensive portfolio of sites in the North East, Yorkshire and Derbyshire. This portfolio is very diverse, ranging from rural woodland to former coalfields and large derelict hospital complexes. HCA’s aim is to recycle these sites so they can be used for public benefit e.g. new housing, new businesses or public greenspace.
When the HCA acquires new sites TEP immediately carries out an estate management risk assessment. We then advise HCA’s officers on priorities and remedial measures.
Derelict buildings present particular issues. De-risking may be through measures such as shuttering, disconnection of utilities, decommissioning of services, asbestos management and appropriate signage. Through a security framework procured by TEP for the HCA, security can be provided through manned guarding or through videofied PIR cameras with a manned activation response.
TEP runs Landscape Management and Cleansing Contracts for the HCA. For example, one contract covers several former coalfield sites in Yorkshire. These contracts have a menu of estate management operations, tailored to the nature and use of each site. Summer works are focused on vegetation management and amenity, whilst in winter there is a focus on remedial, safety and cleansing operations.
TEP’s land managers undertake regular inspections and address any health and safety problems identified. TEP also handles public queries and complaints on behalf of HCA and we strive to find solutions which suit all parties. Sites are also assessed for tree risks, water body risks, trespass management and encroachment issues.
TEP’s expertise in contract administration and our local knowledge across the North East and Yorkshire ensures that key sites are targeted and HCA’s interests are safeguarded. TEP manages contractors to ensure that all the necessary health and safety obligations and terms of the contracts are being met.
As and when parcels of landscape are transferred from HCA to the Council or local trusts and parish councils, TEP assists with the long-term costing of landscape operations.