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Meet the team- Michael Sutcliffe, QLD State Manager

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MichaelSutcliffeBuildcorp has recently welcomed Michael Sutcliffe as the new leader of our Queensland team. Michael is a true Buildcorp success story, having been with us for the last five years, most recently in a Construction Manager role, overseeing the delivery of more than 40 projects across the commercial, education, hospitality and entertainment sectors.

What drew you towards a career in construction?

MS: I have always had a passion for creating and transforming spaces into vibrant facilities for people to use and enjoy. There is a great feeling of pride and accomplishment when you see people enjoying a space which you helped to create. People’s workplaces often become their second homes and the work environment has a significant influence on their quality of life.

What motivates and influences your approach to project management?

MS: My biggest motivator is the aim of perfect project delivery. I realised early on that the success of a project is dependent on one key thing: a happy and cohesive team which includes the Client, subcontractors, design team and wider network of stakeholders. My work style is collaborative and this ‘one team’ approach recognises that, for a project to be a success for the Client, it has to also be a success for the others involved.

Tell us about your most memorable career achievement to date?

MS: Some of my proudest career moments have occurred during the process of building a long term partnership with one of Buildcorp’s key clients, the University of Queensland (UQ).  We’ve been working with UQ since 2011 and during this time, we have helped to solve complex construction challenges on some of their most significant projects.

Our biggest and most recent UQ project, the Forgan Smith heritage refurbishment, is now approaching the halfway mark. This iconic 70 year old building is part of the Great Court complex and is a recognisable focal point for the campus. Buildcorp has been collaborating with UQ and the design team to deliver a unique procurement model that has fast tracked the construction program.  Coming on board in an Early Contractor Involvement arrangement, Buildcorp presented a range of Early Works packages, enabling us to start on site quickly whilst resolving the final design. This process has meant UQ will open the transformed law facility in time for the 2017 intake of students.

The Forgan Smith refurbishment project at UQ
The Forgan Smith refurbishment at UQ

Which industry trends are you most excited about?

MS: It’s been great to see the construction industry finally embracing change and the digitalisation of our processes and systems to make sites more efficient and safe. We’re currently only scratching the surface but the potential for Building Information Modelling and other apps and technologies is immense. A good example is Buildcorp’s Onsite app which we’re currently implementing to manage and optimise our project quality management.

What are some of your goals for developing the Queensland team?

MS: It’s a busy time for Buildcorp in Queensland and we’ve recently welcomed some new faces whose experience and skills complement and diversify our long standing team, as we expand Buildcorp’s expertise in health and clinical projects up to the Sunshine State. With the help of new team members such as Health Manager Sue Folliott and Senior Project Manager James Dunn, we’ll be taking on larger and more complex D&C projects and looking to partner with health institutions.

What is your favourite part about working in Queensland?

MS: Aside from a stint in London, Queensland has always been home and I have seen Brisbane grow into the vibrant city it is today. Urban growth and regeneration is still strong in the region, and there are some fantastic developments planned for the future. It’s my aim for Buildcorp to play a key role in helping to make these plans a reality.