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National Trust: the UK’s largest conservation charity uses Qube Horizon

National Trust: the UK’s largest conservation charity uses Qube Horizon

The UK’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust, was looking for a flexible solution to manage its unique portfolio. This included 250,000 hectares of countryside, 700 miles of coastline, 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments owned and managed. In addition, there are over 2,800 listed buildings and 320 holiday cottages.

As part of their conservation plan, a strategic review of IT was provisioned. The National Trust needed a system that would allow the various business units within the corporation to adopt common policies relating to property management, regardless of location. The system also needed to provide National Trust with a complete overview of its portfolio and the ability to produce comprehensive and understandable reports.

A key requirement for National Trust was to permit access to their portfolio from a spatial perspective using the latest technical innovations. Integration of Horizon with a spatial database and other spatial systems will allow ‘smart searches’ to be performed. For example, how many properties are within a 50 miles radius of Bristol? ‘‘The main challenge was to find a system that could be adapted to meet National Trust’s unique requirements,’’ commented the Conservation Information Manager at National Trust. ‘‘We needed a supplier who not only had the property and financial excellence required for this project, but one that was willing to work with us to achieve our goals.’’

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