Welcome to this week’s e-news. 

Last Thursday evening we held the Annual Spooky Charity Quiz in association with RIBA North East and G4C NE at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Over 100 people attended the themed Halloween quiz in aid of Breast Cancer Care and we raised an overall total of £500. Congratulations to NRG’s ‘Quizzy Rascals’ who won the quiz night followed closely within 2 points by Identity Consults ‘Thunder Squirrels’. A great night had by all and thanks to all those who kindly donated a prize for the raffle!

This week I have been taking some time out of the office as my son is getting married on Saturday, so finalising the last minute preparations. I will be back to work on Monday morning and looking forward to a rest! I would like to thank Leanne for looking after the office in my stead,  if you would like to arrange a meeting with me please contact her.

On Wednesday morning Leanne held the bi monthly G4C committee meeting and it was great to have some new faces on board. We will be launching the G4C NE Awards in early December and we would love to see involvement from you and to nominate your young professionals, apprentices and trainees for the Awards. The Awards ceremony will be held on April 1st and sponsorship opportunities are available and ticket sales are open. Information about the Awards will be available on the website next week so please keep an eye out for this.

This morning we held the Introduction to Coastal Management with Royal HaskoningDHV at their offices in Newcastle, Nick Cooper of Royal HaskoningDHV discussed the Littlehaven Promenade, what issues they overcome and how to deal with working on a coastal project. We would like to thank Royal HaskoningDHV for their hospitality and use of their facilities.

Tomorrow afternoon is November’s First Friday Club which is kindly sponsored by Balfour Beatty and we will look forward to seeing many of you there.

Next week Leanne and I are in London for a few days, on Wednesday we will be attending the Constructing Excellence National Convention and there is still time to register your place. Club Members will receive their place for FREE! On Thursday morning I am attending the NAWIC National Conference with a great range of speakers in place so look forward to that too.

We are delighted to announce Vinci Construction, Northumbrian Water Group, Esh Construction and APS are sponsoring the Constructing Excellence North East 2016 Awards. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Awards please contact us for further details.

Best wishes


Contractor’s interim applications for payment

Henia Investments was the Employer and Beck Interiors Limited the Contractor under a JCT contract for works.  The contract had a detailed payment regime, intended to reflect the requirements of the Construction Act 1996 and its 2011 amendments.

The contract provided for interim payment due dates on a monthly basis.  The Contractor was entitled to submit interim applications for payment “not less than 7 days before the due date”.  The Employer could then issue its payment certificate “not later than 5 days after each due date”. 

The relevant monthly payment due dates were 29 April 2015 and 29 May 2015.

The Contractor submitted an interim application for payment on 28 April 2015.  The Employer then issued payment certificates 18 and 19, followed by a Pay Less Notice.

Several points came before the court, one of which was whether the Contractor’s interim application for payment dated 28 April 2015 was valid.

The court decided that the application for payment was not valid.  This is because:

• if the Employer does not respond with a proper payment certificate or pay less notice, the amount due becomes the amount set out in the Contractor’s interim application; and

• there was a need for interim applications to be “free from ambiguity” and “clear that it is what it purports to be”.

Contractors should take care to ensure that any interim applications for payment are clear and state specifically which due date they apply to.  If a due date has been missed, then this should be acknowledged.  This will ensure that all interim applications for payment remain valid.

For more information, help or advice please contact Rob Langley on 0191 211 7975 or robert.langley@muckle-llp.com.

LAST Chance to book - 11/11/2015 - CE National Convention - Beyond the Built Environment

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Lords Cricket Ground, London

The 2015 Constructing Excellence Annual Conference is taking place on 11 November at Lords Cricket ground, and will consider a wide range of issues facing construction while looking ‘beyond the built environment’.

Waterloo Air Products plcWaterloo Air Products plc are the lead sponsors of “Beyond the Built Environment”.

This year’s conference aims to show how other industries are tackling a number of the key issues that are facing our industry, and that are set out in the Construction 2025 strategy.

The days speakers will demonstrate how their organisations deal with the same issues that we are faced with, issues such as:

- Supply chain integration and collaborative working
-  Embracing, and the use of technology and data management
- Importance of social value
- Attracting young people into their industries

Our final speaker will be Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO of Crossrail, who will show how everything we have heard during the day can and is being used within certain parts of the industry. The challenge we face is to make it the norm not the exception.

Confirmed speakers so far include:
* Alex Dulewicz, Head of Marketing for Services – Rolls Royce
*Kay Allen OBE, Founding Director – Trading for Good
* Simon Troup, Head of Data Services – Open Sensors
* Dr. Julia Glidden, President and Founder – 21c Consultancy
* Tim McLoughlin, Head of Social Media – Saatchi & Saatchi

So please join us at what is sure to be an excellent event where we hope you will take away key messages and innovations that show how it can be applied within your organisation, and how we can take one step closer to excellence within the built environment and one step closer to our industry being the industry of choice for the next generation.

To book your place please go to http://tinyurl.com/oymtzrg

18/11/2015 - 8 Reasons why the RIBA Plan of Work makes Business Sense

Date: 18th November 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway, Sandgate House, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Tim Bailey is founder of xsite architecture and the author of the recently published Design: A Practical Guide to RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Stages 2 and 3. A guide that explains the importance of the Concept Design and Developed Design, how to achieve a balance of creativity and method and how it should interact with the briefing and construction phases.

While there seemed some hesitation in parts of the industry to adopt the new RIBA Plan of Work (PoW) when it was introduced in 2013, it is clear now that it has become the ‘new norm’ for referencing work stages across the industry. This is testament to the enduring power of a simple and clear framework for the processes that we all recognise every project has to go through to be successfully completed. The real beauty of the 2013 version is its ability to capture the flexibility required to match current procurement trends. And its secret weapon is its usefulness as a way for design teams and contractors to connect their design management skills to their business needs.

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

This seminar is worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

19/11/2015 - Armed Forces Employability Pathway 

Date:   Thursday 19th November 2015
Time: 8.30am Refreshments, 9.00am Presentations, Close 10.30am 
Venue: Catterick Garrison Barracks 

 What is AFEP?

The Armed Forces Employability Pathway (AFEP) construct links the Army Reserves, Local Authority, Job Centre Plus and local employers together to assist in moving course participants closer to the labour market, typically NEETs and unemployed, through their participation in a 6 week programme.

** During the morning you will be able to see the programme in full swing!**

Our next course is in November, it is focussed around the North Tyne area.

The programme consists of:

Week 1 - with the military, developing communication, teamwork, problem solving skills in an environment that promotes respect, reliability and integrity…and more.

Weeks 2-3 – with a local training provider, developing an understanding of H&S, completing CSCS (if appropriate for work placement) and SFEDI course, including updating CV writing skills etc

Weeks 4-6 – with a local employer

Employers are not asked to guarantee employment, although there is an opportunity for them to ‘talent spot’. However, a requirement is to provide an interview for the individuals on work placement, helping them to identify where they are performing well and where there may be areas for improvement.

During week 1, there will be a visitors day where attendees can engage with the participants as they undertake their military training.

Google: AFEP Promo DVD

AFEPs planned:
Nov 15 – North Tyneside
Jan 16 - East Yorkshire
Feb 16 – Tyne & Wear
Mar 16 - South Yorkshire
May 16 – Durham Tees Valley

To book a place please email leanne@cene.org.uk or call 0191 5007880

26/11/2015 - Restoring a Past....Preserving a Future 

Date: Thursday 26th November 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Cost: FREE to CENE Club Members / £35+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice) 

Constructing Excellence North East Club in association with Quadriga would like to invite you along to hear from Quadriga providing an informative overview of traditional and contemporary repair solutions, which can be used in the conservation, preservation and restoration of buildings and structures.

The presentation is of particular relevance to those who are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to the care, repair and maintenance of historic and classical buildings. A range of techniques is discussed to care for the fabric of structures with sensitivity, imagination and minimum intervention.

This discussion will include details of our key areas of expertise, such as masonry, stone, timber and concrete repair. We will also look at case studies from some of Quadriga’s successful past and ongoing projects on historic buildings to show how we apply our methods in a practical way. 

Our techniques aim to give old buildings new life for future generations, and in this Construction CPD talk we pass on our knowledge and experience to you.

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk.

This seminar is worth 2 hours CPD. 

1/12/2015 - CENE 2016 Awards Launch 

Date: 1st December 2015  
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Durham TBC  
Cost: FREE (festive refreshments will be served)  

Friday 10th June 2016 is next year’s CENE Twenty Sixteen Annual Awards Ceremony. As we have established the Awards as one of the regions most prestigious Awards Ceremony, CENE would like to invite you to this workshop on what the judges are specifically looking for in the Awards submissions.

This workshop will give you hints/tips to what the judges look for, discuss each category in detail and look back on previous Award winners.

You can speak to the CENE team to arrange a meeting to discuss your entry in further detail.

To register your interest in this workshop please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

4/12/2015 - First Friday Club 

Date: Friday 4th December 2015 
Time: 12.30pm - 2.00pm 
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Further details and how to book for this event will be released shortly. 

1/04/2016 - G4C 2016 Awards Dinner 

Date: Friday 1st April 2016
Time: 7.00pm – 12.30am
Venue: Hilton NewcastleGateshead, Bottle Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £45+VAT (Tables of 10/12 are available upon request)

For the first time in the region Generation for Change North East will be holding an Awards to celebrate the outstanding examples of excellence and best practice within our sector and the region.

The Awards evening will look to award individuals/organisations from six categories and this will take place at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead on Friday 1st April 2016.

G4C is passionate about focusing on young people and showcasing the young talent in the industry. We are looking to celebrate achievements of this young talent and the organisations supporting and shaping the future leaders of our industry. We know that the construction industry in this area is of a high standard so let’s prove it!

There are some fantastic sponsorship opportunities available from category sponsor to drinks reception, if you are interested in becoming involved please contact Leanne.

To book your tickets please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

10/06/2016 - CENE 2016 Awards Dinner 

Date: Friday 10th June 2016  
Time: 6.45pm – 1.00am
Venue: Newcastle Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel   
Cost: £100+VAT CENE Members / £120+VAT Non Members, tables of 10/12 are available upon request. 

The Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards is a celebration of everything the North East Built Environment has to be proud of and we are delighted to be celebrating our twelfth annual ceremony.  

Winners are selected across various categories including Innovation, Integration & Collaborative Working, Value and Sustainability and BIM Project of the Year. We anticipate that the awards will be the biggest and most exciting yet!

To avoid disappointment please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk to book your tickets now! 

If you are interested in sponsoring please contact Leanne for further details on how to get involved! 

Various Dates - FBE NE Events 

Auckland Castle Development -
Date: 18th November 2015
Time: 07:30 - 09:00
Venue: Northern Counties Club, 11 Hood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6LH
Cost: Free to FBE Members / £15 non Members.

Auckland Castle is one of the UK's most important historical buildings. Since the days of the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, Auckland Castle has been a seat of power. For almost 900 years it has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham and although the site where Auckland Castle now stands has seen numerous changes, few will have been as far reaching and visionary as those which are set to take place in the 21st Century.


Projects include:
- Castle refurbishment and extension (part HLF funded)
- Welcome Building - new build visitor centre in Market Place
- Walled garden restaurant and replanting
- Roper House
- Energy Centre and service infrastructure
- Backhouse Gallery
- Hotel
- Geothermal

Liz Fisher, Operations Director, and Simon Davis, Projects Manager will explore these new changes and advise the timescales and opportunities for the construction industry to get involved. As well as getting an understanding of this key North East attraction, it is also a great opportunity for networking.

 To register please either contact Tim Speed on 0191 241 2437 or tim.speed@timspeedconsulting.co.uk or register via the FBE website http://tinyurl.com/nrmmk8f

FBE North East - Curry Express
Date: 27 Nov 2015
Time: 18:00 - 22:30
Venue: The Curry Express Train Service to The Valley in Corbridge (Meet at Newcastle Central Station)
Cost: £45plus VAT. 

The evening will include return train travel from Newcastle Central Station and a special Chef's Banquet selected by Daraz the well known restaurateur and owner of The Valley.

Drinks served on the train are sponsored by VINCI Construction UK.

Business guests and partners are warmly welcome. We will be meeting at 6.00 pm inside Newcastle Central Station near the Information Point. The Curry Express train departs at 6.24 pm so please allow sufficient time to gather together and cross the bridge to the platform.

Members can bring a guest, free of charge. Please advise Graham Booth directly of your intention to bring a free guest once you have booked the event for those that are paying.

To register please contact Graham Booth on 0191 536 7207 or graham.booth@vinciconstruction.co.uk 

24/11/2015 - Integrated Catchment Management 

Date: 24th November 2015
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: The Core, Science Central, Newcastle upon Tyne,  
Cost: Standard Rate £350+Vat, Discount Rate £300+VAT

Arup, supported by Newcastle University and JBA Consulting, are offering a series of one-day introductory courses with access to online resources  and pre-course webinars. Managing natural resources using Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) delivers positive and sustained outcomes for the water environment. It promotes a better understanding of physical processes and complex relationships operating within catchment units through an ecosystem approach. Benefits include flood, sediment, habitat and water quality management. The course will equip delegates with an overview of ICM and an awareness of the design, planning and engagement activities required for its effective implementation. Delegates leave with a toolkit of implementation techniques  to support their day to day role.

The one-day courses consist of an interactive workshop  with presentations, exercises and discussion. The workshop  is supported online resources used to prepare and reinforce  the learning outcomes including pre-course webinars  and selected reading material.

To register, please visit our eventbrite page. For more information please see the attached flyer or do just get in touch.