Welcome to this week's e-news.

Last Friday evening I was a guest of the RICS North East at the Renaissance Awards that were held at the Civic Centre in Newcastle. Congratulations to all those who scooped Awards and good luck in the National Final taking place later on in the year. It was great to catch up with so many of you and I would like to thank the RICS for their kind hospitality.

On Tuesday in association with Jacksons Law and Clugston Construction we held a roundtable discussion with 8 key industry figures discussing investment and regeneration into the Tees Valley and also looking at the recent article ‘Is the North East really dead? The answer clearly was no and much of the discussion will be published and available for your consumption in May.

We would like to thank all those who participated and Clugston Construction for hosting the event.

Yesterday morning I supported the NAWIC North East 'Get Notified - CDM2015 and ISO 14001’ seminar at the offices of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. If you would like further information on how to get involved with NAWIC please let me know.

This morning CENE in association with The Environmental Academy held 'Revisions to the ISO14001 and quality standard 9001' at their offices in Gateshead. Tamma Carel and Ray Thomas both explained the standards in great detail, how to comply with certification and how the three year transition period will effect organisations.

Tomorrow afternoon is First Friday Club In conjunction with Watson Burton and kindly sponsored by CIOB North East, at TigerTiger in Newcastle. There is a sponsorship opportunity for June, so if you are interested please speak with us.

Next week will be a busy one for the CENE Team. On Wednesday evening is the G4C North East 'Future Leaders of the Industry' with Jackie Casey of SuccessTrain who will discuss how to become a good leader and hints and tips to success.

Thursday afternoon we are holding our Construction 2025 Convention with a fine array of speakers including Murray Rowden, Turner & Townsend, Don Ward, Constructing Excellence, Hans Moller, NE LEP, Dr Paul Toyne, Balfour Beatty, John Lorimer, BIM Task Group and Jackie Casey, Success Train. All the speakers will be discussing the five key areas which the Government have tasked for the Construction 2025 strategy. If you would like to attend please see further details below or contact Leanne.

And finally our Awards Celebration next Friday where we have nearly 600 people attending which is absolutely staggering! Don't forget to follow the evening by using the hashtag #CENE2015Awards or @ConExcellence! 

I hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes


North East landmark construction projects to be recognised in celebratory ball - Deadline for Applications Extended to Friday 8th May 2015 

The region’s landmark construction projects from the last half century are set to be celebrated in a spectacular summer ball and awards evening hosted by the Chartered Institute of Building, CIOB, North East.

The special event to be held inJune at Wynyard Hall will showcase those construction projects that have helped shape the region’s landscape over the last 50 years.  The CIOB are looking for stand out projects from 1965 to the present day that have left a lasting legacy in the area and invite submissions from all construction disciplines.

Projects may be considered for their iconic relevance or the significant economic or cultural value they brought to the people of the North East.

Lesley Fairley, Branch Chair of the CIOB North East, said: “It is a real privilege to play a part in creating the built environment of the future and these awards offer the opportunity for us to recognise the people and projects that have shaped this region across the last five decades.

“Whether it’s commercial, residential, monumental, engineering or infrastructure we would love to hear from clients, consultants and contractors about the projects they are proud to have built.”

Projects must have been completed between 1 January 1965 and 30 April 2015 and be located in the North East of England. Deadline for all submissions is 1 May 2015. - NOW BEING EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2015. 

The night will also help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North East Branch of the CIOB and its Chief Executive Chris Blythe and Junior-Vice President Paul Nash will be attending.

For further details on the awards criteria and how to apply please contact Nikki Silcock, CIOB North East Branch Manager, on 07717 367431 or nsilcock@ciob.org.uk.    

6/05/2015 - Future Leaders of the Industry  

Date: 6th May 2015
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Offices of Watson Burton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT

As future leaders of the industry have you given much thought to what being a leader will be like in 2025 and beyond?

Technically things will have changed dramatically between now and then so we will all be dealing with things differently.  But people are still people and leading people may still present the same challenges that today’s leader’s experience.  Have you thought about your own style of leadership? 

We can’t know everything about the future but we can open our minds to what might be possible and try to be better prepared to take up the reigns when it happens.

In this presentation Jackie Casey, Success Train will look at:
- What a good leader is currently
- Different styles and when to apply them
- Consider how you might prepare yourself for a future leader role.

Jackie Casey MSc is a Work Psychologist and Managing Director of Success Train Ltd. Jackie’s specialism is to work with a person and their mind-set in order to improve their performance and positive impact on the business.  Jackie grew up in the family business in the Construction industry and is passionate about the industry maintaining and improving its global reputation.

Success Train are members of Constructing Excellence and Jackie has held a number of industry voluntary roles, Officer for the Black Country Constructing Excellence Club and founding Chair of Women Working in Construction, Chair and facilitator of Construction Knowledge Exchange Innovation circles for London South Bank University and the University of Wolverhampton. Of late Jackie has also worked with Constructing Excellence on member development.

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

7/05/2015 - Construction2025 

Date: 7th May 2015
Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, NE3 5HN
Cost: £25+VAT CENE & CIOB North East Members / £50+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

In July 2013 the Government produced the Construction 2025 industry strategy where they developed a clear and defined set of five key aspirations for UK construction. Its vision of where the industry should be by 2025 providing the core theme for this afternoon seminar hosted by Constructing Excellence in the North East with support from CIOB North East.

- People – An industry that is known for its talented and diverse workforce
- Smart – An industry that is efficient and technologically advanced
- Sustainable – An industry that leads the world in low-carbon and green construction exports
- Growth – An industry that drives growth across the entire economy
- Leadership – An industry with clear leadership from the Construction Leadership Council

By the government setting these targets for improvement by 2025 the industry will see 33% lower costs, 50% faster delivery, 50% lower emissions and 50% improvement in exports.

The following confirmed speakers below will each discuss the Government's 5 key areas of the Construction 2025 strategy with John McGovern, Head of Investment Delivery for Northumbrian Water  and Chair of CENE Board facilitating the convention: 
* Murray Rowden, Chair of Constructing Excellence and Director of Infrastructure for Turner & Townsend
* Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence
* Hans  Moller, Innovation Director for NE LEP and Chief Executive for Sweden’s Ideon Science Park
* Dr Paul Toyne, Commissioner at London Sustainable Development Commission and Sustainability Director of Balfour Beatty
* John Lorimer, Chair of Constructing Excellence BIM Theme Group & Chair of BIM Academy
* Jackie Casey, Director of SuccessTrain

If you wish to register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

15/05/2015 - Stephenson Quarter Site Visit - last few places remain! 

Date: Friday 15th May 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Entrance to Stephenson Quarter

Stephenson Quarter is a major mixed-use development in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. The site was home to the Robert Stephenson and Co. Locomotive Works, the crucible of the railway industry, where the revolutionary Rocket was built in 1829. This legacy of innovation, creativity and a 'can do' attitude are qualities that imbue the scheme today. Fine contemporary architecture, restored listed buildings, 3 acres of new public realm, an exceptional contemporary art and culture programme, great restaurants, bars and events spaces will combine to make this one of the most desirable urban locations in the UK.

Phase 1 is under construction and on schedule to be completed summer 2015.  This includes the new four star plus, 251 bed Crowne Plaza hotel, aiming to be the prime hotel for business, tourism and hospitality in the North East. With its Business Centre presenting a range of meeting rooms to accommodate up to 800, along with the bar and casual dining restaurant, various lounge and break-out areas and the spa with swimming pool, gym, steam room and treatment rooms.

The Rocket – a high specification office building providing 35,000 sq ft of Grade A space along with the 24 hour multi-storey Car Park with 360 spaces.

Hawthorn House, is an impressive, characterful, Victorian building adjacent to the Crowne Plaza, currently being modernised to create c 10,000 sq ft of excellent studio office space.

** please note this visit is for a maximum of 10 people and all will require site safety PPE – boots, high viz, glasses, hard hat and gloves ** If you do not have the full PPE you will not be able to gain access to the site.

To register please contact Leanne on 01913740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

3/06/2015 - Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley

Date: 3rd June 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Directors Suite, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Football Club

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce this month’s sponsor is Clugston Construction. 

This relaxed and informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with built environment professionals from the Tees Valley area.

The event will be held at Middlesbrough Football Club and a light buffet with refreshments will be served.

About our sponsor:
Clugston Construction are delighted to be sponsoring this event alongside Constructing Excellence North East.   As a leading family owned Construction and Civil Engineering Contractor in the North of England working in a variety of market sectors and projects ranging from £1 million-£50 million with a local office in Stockton-on-Tees we reconginse the importance of Constructing Excellence and its forward thinking vision.

If you would like to register please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk.

4/06/2015 - The Future of Construction 

Date: 4th June 2015
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am
Venue: Brewin Doplhin offices, Time Central, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: FREE

Atlas Cloud are delighted to invite you to our breakfast session discussing the future of construction, in partnership with Brewin Dolphin and Constructing Excellence North East.

The construction industry is evolving and with new technology available and the government making BIM level 2 compulsory for project tenders starting 2016, construction businesses need to make sure they make the right decisions moving forward.

We have invited a leading industry analyst to give an overview of the state of the construction market in the UK and to discuss industry trends and their effects on businesses in the sector.

About Stephen Williams

Stephen is the Divisional Director of Equity Research at Brewin Dolphin, specialising in the Real Estate, Home Construction and Construction & Materials sectors.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in the Stock Market, having fulfilled senior roles as a fund manager and as a research analyst for Pearl Assurance, County NatWest Investment Management and James Capel. Prior to his arrival at Brewin Dolphin, Stephen had been Head of Smaller Companies Research at Williams de Broë for 10 years where, as an Extel-rated sell-side analyst, he was recognised for his research in the Support Services and Construction sectors.

On the technical side, experts from Atlas Cloud will discuss technological advancements in the construction industry and how to use these to support and improve business and building processes.

There will also be a case study from Metnor Construction who will talk about the challenges the business faces, how they handle trends and how they use technology to gain business advantage.

We would love for you to join us at the breakfast session. Places are limited so please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk to reserve your place. 

19/05/2015 - Resolving Disputes 

Date: 19th May 2015
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am
Venue: Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street, DH3 3QR
Cost: £10+VAT Non Members

CECA North East in conjunction with Watson Burton LLP would like to invite you along to their morning briefing seminar on May 19th looking at resolving disputes. The briefing will look at:

- Adjudication, mediation or court proceedings?
- Time limits to be wary of under NEC3.
- The advantages and disadvantages of each
- Cost, speed, effectiveness
- Tactically, which is the best option?

To register please contact the CECA NE team on 0191 2280900 or kellceca@aol.com

11/09/2015 - Lighthouse Club North East Charity Day 

Date: 11th September 2015
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Venue: Close House Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £90 per person

Come along to this fantastic charity golf day being supported by the North East committee members of the Lighthouse Club – a construction industry charity on September 11th to help raise funds.

Registration with bacon butties will be available from 8.30am and see world trick shot entertainment by Kevin Carpenter. Excellent networking opportunities along with great prizes up for grabs including a £3k holiday!

To register your place or if you wish to enter a fourball please contact Sarah Sidey on 07766 558779 or sarah.sidey@randstadcpe.com