Public sector procurement authority Scape has appointed Rachel Sudlow as its R&D lead in a newly created role designed to increase digital innovation across public sector construction.
Sudlow joins Scape after more than 10 years at Balfour Beatty, where she started as a quantity surveyor but was most recently focused on innovation and research, working with bodies such as Innovate UK to drive improved digital standards in the construction industry.
In her new role, Sudlow will work with Scape’s clients and delivery partners to develop, encourage and apply new technologies and building methods to create more innovative, sustainable buildings. She will also collaborate with various private and public sector partners outside of the construction industry, including funding bodies, research institutions and academia, as Scape continues to help shape the public sector’s response to the climate emergency.
‘It’s critical that the next generation of public sector buildings and infrastructure sets new standards for construction.’
This includes a significant focus on BIM modelling, ensuring that data from partners and clients is collected and used effectively to enhance strategic decision-making, improve efficiency and environmental performance at every stage, from procurement through the full life cycle of the building.
Sudlow said: “At a time of significant regeneration across the public estate, it’s critical that the next generation of public sector buildings and infrastructure sets new standards for construction. Innovation will play a critical role and ultimately be supported by continually striving for better outcomes through the application of R&D.
“Working with our clients and partners, and the wealth of data their projects produce, we have an outstanding opportunity to stimulate truly impactful innovation and ensure that the UK continues to be seen as a centre of excellence for construction.”
She will report to Chris Clarke, director of performance and improvement at Scape. He said: “There’s little doubt that a combination of ingenuity and resource is needed to help address the complex needs of the public sector, including the climate emergency. Rachel’s addition to the team signals our commitment to both and will further set our clients’ projects apart in terms of adopting market-leading R&D in addition to best-in-class procurement.”