Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday afternoon Leanne attended the monthly networking First Friday Club with our event partners Watson Burton at TigerTiger which was kindly sponsored by Balfour Beatty. Over 80 built environment professionals attended the event with a good mix of consultants, clients, architects and more. The next First Friday Club will be held at the new Crowne Plaza Hotel on December 4th and further details will be available very shortly on how to register.

This week Leanne and I have been in London for a few days, on Wednesday we attended our Constructing Excellence National conference at Lords Cricket Ground. The theme of the day was "Beyond the Built Environment" with speakers presenting on social values improving businesses, sharing data, how to attract the younger generation into the industry and the improvements of Crossrail. The conference was a great day and it was pleasing to see some of you from the North East there.

Today I am attending the National Association of Women in Construction National AGM and Conference at the offices of Trowers & Hamlin LLP in London. The speakers will be discussing encouraging women into the industry, their journeys and updates on the regional NAWIC centres. I will look forward to seeing those from the North East there too.

Next week we have one event taking place which is the RIBA Plan of Work and 8 reasons why it makes good business sense delivered by Tim Bailey from xsite Architecture and being held at Ward Hadaway’s office. Tim will discuss why the plan of work is good for your business, how it can help and also speak about his recent book. If you haven’t yet registered please see below for details on the event.

We are delighted to announce for a sixth year running Corepeople Recruitment are headline sponsors for the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards and would like to thank them for their exceptional support again this year. We also have Esh Construction, APS, DAC Beachcroft,  Northumbrian Water Group and Vinci Construction for their continued support too. If you are interested in entering the Awards, we are holding a Launch event on December 1st and details are below on how to register.

Best Wishes


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: e-volve Business Centre, Cygnet Way, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Co. Durham, DH4 5QY  
Cost: FREE 

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.