2.3 Case study 3: Activity-based measurement of space performance and cost
Widely used measures of HE space performance and cost have two common problems:
i) They are designed for a primary audience of finance and property managers and so tend to be expressed in terms of cost and unit area rather than in terms of relevant academic activity. This limits their usefulness in engaging with academic audiences on the important issue of the cost of space. As a result, many academics are unaware of the cost of the space on which their activities depend.
ii) They tend to lack sufficient spatial resolution because they are at the level of the estate or the building. They are therefore of little value for understanding individual spaces’ relative performance, which is necessary for identifying and prioritising areas for capital investment.
This case study illustrates alternative approaches to measuring space cost and performance which address both of these problems.
Download the case study [Forthcoming]