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Reflecting on 2023 across the SCAPE Group

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There's no denying that times are tough, especially for local authorities. Everything the SCAPE Group has done this year and every other has benefitted the wider public sector.

We have provided strategic advice and a trusted, compliant delivery route that saves time, money and resources through efficient procurement.

We have continued to provide strategic advice and a trusted, compliant delivery route that saves clients time, money and resources through efficient procurement.

SCAPE joined the Constructing Excellence task force for Constructing the Gold Standard, through which we can support the development of future policy, underlining our commitment to procurement best practice, transparency and improvement.

I also joined the Board of Directors for the UK Green Building Council and Build UK, to add SCAPE's voice to important collaborative discussions and to drive positive change in the industry.

We expanded our teams in Scotland and Northern Ireland, welcomed Caroline Compton-James as our new Deputy CEO, and came together when our Chief Finance Officer, Alastair Gamage, sadly passed away in the Spring.

Spearheaded by Andy Bacon, we facilitated collaborative discussions with our delivery partners around our shared commitment to ethical labour and we hosted a variety of events, including supporting the newly-formed East Midlands Combined Authority, and leading the Economic Forums for SCAPE and SCAPE Scotland, which created a real buzz of innovation and collaborative energy around the future of the public estate.

The results of our staff survey showed that we have high levels of engagement, as we achieved "One to Watch" status from Best Companies, for the second time, and with environmental sustainability continuing to underpin the SCAPE Group's long-term strategy, we launched our Carbon Reduction Plans and began our journey towards becoming a carbon-literate organisation.

Through our frameworks, 564 projects were completed, worth over £573m, with excellent customer service and fantastic outcomes across the board, and our project pipeline increased £400m to £7.2bn.

The SCAPE Regional Construction framework (current iteration) celebrated its one year anniversary, having created over £9.6m social value for communities across the Midlands and the East of England last year.

In Scotland, we delivered "SCAPEing out a world of work", a cracking work experience week giving 200+ young people, including those who were hard to reach and from under-represented groups, an insight into careers in the built environment - with positive feedback and engagement throughout.

Lungfish Architects delivered some brilliant projects, and their modular design expertise added value to a variety of events and discussions, including internationally via the Trespa webinar. Ravensdale, a new school designed by the Lungfish team and delivered through SCAPE, was named Constructing Excellence East Midlands' Project of the Year.

Arc Partnership had a truly fantastic year, with excellent performance, and consistently high praise from Nottinghamshire County Council on the delivery of critical improvements and ongoing maintenance of its school estate.

"We value the reliability, certainty, and ability to deliver responsibly.”

Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Ben Bradley MP

Construction Waste Portal, a new value-added tool for waste management, is being used by an increasing number of SCAPE partners and resource management companies, creating a more sustainable future for construction and supporting a circular economy.

Projects and people continued to win awards, with Lungfish Architects being named as a finalist for Architectural Practice of the Year and Arc Partnership's strategic alliance with Nottingham Trent University receiving national recognition at the Construction News Workforce awards to name a few.

During the year, and with the support of our partners, we also raised over £36,000 for our charity of the year, MS Society.

These successes wouldn't be possible without the expertise, hard work and dedication of a fantastic team. Huge thank you to everyone at SCAPE, and to our partners, their supply chain networks and wider communities.

We look forward to sharing more great achievements from across the SCAPE Group in 2024.

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Written by:

Mark Robinson
SCAPE Group Chief Executive