Entries by Grace

CAN to launch intelligent procurement campaign

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Following a recent workshop with its committee, Construction Alliance NorthEast (CAN) is launching a campaign to promote intelligent procurement. CAN wishes to clarify its position on what intelligent procurement means and the benefits it would deliver for the region, if adopted. CAN was […]

The Whey Aye wheel – what will it add to the North East?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week, plans were approved to build the Whey Aye wheel on Newcastle Quayside. The Whey Aye will be Europe’s tallest observation wheel, standing nearly 140m high – 5m taller than the London Eye. The original planning proposal for the wheel was for […]

Driving change for inclusivity in the industry

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East At the weekend thousands of people marched through Newcastle to celebrate inclusivity and diversity. Constructing Excellence in the North East joined the parade to demonstrate support for the construction industry’s LGBT+ workforce, under the banner of #BuildingEquality, the national LGBT+ Construction Working Group. […]

Changing the image of construction

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Construction is one of the biggest industries in the world and, because of what we do, we have a real potential to make a difference. More than any other industry, our decisions, innovation, ideas and products have a direct impact on the environment, […]

Two years after Genfell, what’s still to be done?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Following the devastation of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government carried out an independent review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. This week, they published a ‘clarified version’ of Approved Document B. The new version is simplified, uses less jargon and is […]

What’s wrong with retention in construction?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East This week, the new construction minister, Andrew Stephenson, supported a crackdown on poor payment, saying that the government needs to look at restricting the use of retention. Retentions are when an agreed percentage of payment is withheld from the contractor. The money builds […]

Intelligent procurement – it can be achieved

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Everyone knows how hard the industry, particularly the North East, was hit during the recession, when changes to public sector procurement and the creation of single-sourced frameworks resulted in many companies being excluded from tendering, often on turnover alone. Although frameworks were sold […]

National Women in Engineering Day

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East National Women in Engineering Day (NWED), which takes place next Sunday, highlights the opportunities available for women in engineering. The event takes place every year on 23 June and aims to raise the profile of women in engineering across the world. It’s your […]

Investing in our workers

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Skills Workstream last week published its Future Skills Report, urging contractors to hire more employees directly. According to the report, industry workers do not receive enough training and the best way to tackle this issue is for contractors […]

World Environment Day – climate change and the industry

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Yesterday we celebrated World Environment Day to encourage awareness and action on protecting the environment. Because of what we do, our industry has the potential to cause a lot of damage but that also means we also have huge potential to make a […]