The Land Registry has signed a contract with Kainos to build a centralised register for local land charges (LLCs).
The register will bring together more than 26 million LLC records from local authorities in a digital format, making them easily searchable under one roof.
LLCs are currently held in a range of physical and electronic formats, and are managed separately by individual councils.
Together with the Land Registry’s in-house development team, Kainos will take charge of building the digital register with the aim of improving efficiency.
Russell Sloan, divisional director of Kainos, said the digitised register “will go a long way towards improving the ease of conducting property transactions in England”.
In 2014, the Land Registry launched a programme called LR Connect with the aim of digitising its business strategy, but its future was thrown into doubt amid plans to privatise the organisation.
However, in his Autumn Statement last week, Chancellor Philip Hammond said the registry would remain in the public sector.
“Following consultation, the government has decided that HM Land Registry should focus on becoming a more digital data-driven registration business, and to do this will remain in the public sector,” he said.
“Modernisation will maximise the value of HM Land Registry to the economy, and should be completed without a need for significant Exchequer investment.”
According to a blog post by Land Registry IT director Steve Phillips, the organisation has also created a common technology platform that has vastly improved its infrastructure.
“The platform has been designed and created using leading-edge technology based on a hybrid of internal modular hyper-converged systems and cloud-based technology,” said Phillips.
“One of our main goals was to change the way we provisioned infrastructure. We wanted to move away from a manual process of creating and configuring virtual machines and deploying applications.
“Instead, we saw the benefit of more automated provisioning, which would decrease the level of human or manual intervention and help make changes rapidly, easily and reliably.”
Using the platform, developers have been able to deliver 67 micro-digital service applications and can spin up new services much more quickly than before.