14th May 2020

Meet the founder: Building Passport

Claire Corlett

We’re finding out more about Rupert Parker from Building Passport, one of the startups to join our Accelerator Programme in cohort 10.  

Q: Who are the founders of your startup, and what are your backgrounds?

A: Rupert Parker –  Having graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Civil & Structural Engineering, Rupert started working for Avison Young (prev. GVA) in the telecommunication advisory team whilst completing a Real Estate degree at South Bank University. Once he passed the APC and became a Chartered Surveyor, he moved to the Office Agency Team in the City of London, helping landlords lease office stock around the City. Four years later he became Director and started a new department focussed on advising clients and the company on technological advancements in the real estate market – Futureproofing. Shortly afterwards he established and ran the firms award-winning startup accelerator – the Entrepreneur in Residence Programme.

Q: Tell us the story behind your startup – why did you start your company?

A: Having studied engineering for four years, it was taken for granted that you would have accurate information on a building. However, upon entering the property industry it became clear that there are substantial inefficiencies in how the industry creates, sources and stores physical building information such as floor plans.

Shortly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy it became clear that solving the problem of floor plan collection would also have a hugely beneficial impact on emergency services response to incidents such as fires or terrorist attacks.

It is for this reason that I started the company, and it is the vision of the business to make the built environment a safer place.

Q: What does success look like for you?

If we can familiarise first responders with the building they are heading to prior to arrival, we will have done our part in increasing the likelihood of saving lives. Therefore success will be having a Building Passport for all ‘at-risk’ buildings in the world.

Q: What’s your biggest achievement so far, and why?

A: Handing in my notice at Avison Young! I had a solid and enjoyable job with plenty of prospects for advancement, however I was not able to make enough positive changes fast enough. Now that I’m focussed on Building Passport I have a strong driving vision which is shared with my team and we are making things happen – fast.

Q: What are your plans for your startup over the next six months?

A: We are aiming to get the Fire Services secure access to our Building Passport repository so that plans can be shared effectively with first responders. We will then move onto the expedited collection of building data… watch this space!

Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself!

A: I have a love for all things mountain-related. I am a keen snowboarder and co-founder of PropSki, the annual property industry ski trip.