The UK’s largest conservation charity with 250,000 hectares of countryside, 700 miles of coastline, 300 historic houses and gardens and 49 industrial monuments owned and managed, not to mention over 2,800 listed buildings and 320 holiday cottages, National Trust was looking for a flexible solution to manage its unique portfolio.
As part of their Conservation Programme, a strategic review of IT provision, National Trust needed a system that would allow the various business units within the organisation to adopt common policies relating to property management and obtain the information relevant to them, regardless of location. The system also needed to provide National Trust with a complete overview of its portfolio and the facility 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 Programme Manager at National Trust, ‘‘We needed a supplier who not only had the property and financial expertise required for this project, but one that was willing to work with us to achieve our goals’’.