empa boosts East Midlands public sector offering with new hire

Ian Towlson

Local authorities in the East Midlands will benefit from more than 30 years’ of expertise and knowledge in public sector construction thanks to the latest appointment at East Midlands Property Alliance (empa).

Ian Towlson has been appointed to the role of regional frameworks manager and brings with him a wealth of experience in delivering construction schemes for councils and an in-depth understanding of the challenges public sector organisations are currently facing.

With a background in project management and quantity surveying at Nottingham City Council, Towlson has a strong understanding of the local market and the wider challenges facing empa’s clients today.

He will be responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of current empa construction projects across the wider East Midlands both at a strategic and operational level.

He said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining empa. Our public sector clients continue to face greater financial restrictions and increasing pressure to provide more public services for a growing population.

“Having worked within a local authority for the majority of my career, I understand the requirements and limitations that come with the procurement and delivery of new builds, refurbishments and extensions for public sector buildings.

“I have also had the opportunity to experience first-hand benefits which empa brings to clients. The team at empa finds cost-saving solutions to the construction needs of public sector organisations, efficiently refurbishing and adapting buildings to create new spaces and delivering projects using trusted construction partners, often to very tight timescales”.

empa, which is managed by Scape Group, was formed in 2008 by local authorities to help improve the procurement and delivery of property services within the public sector.

Just some of the projects that empa has helped to deliver in the East Midlands include the refurbishment of Gardeners’ Cottage at Newstead Abbey and Byron House which is now a Central Police Station – a commercial refurbishment that was part of Nottingham City Council’s One Public Estate Strategy.

Towlson added: “I’m proud to be part of such a highly-regarded team that has proven it understands the complexities of public sector procurement, and with the help of its accredited construction partners, can deliver real value for money on projects.

“I am delighted that I will be able to continue making a difference to East Midland’s local communities. Our dedicated empa Training Academy, commitment to using local supply chains and local workforce where possible means that the whole community benefits”.