Entries by Grace

Why is poor payment still an issue?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East For me, the big news in the industry last week were plans to charge subcontractors 1.5% of package turnovers to become closer strategic partners. The controversial (to say the least) new plans were announced to overhaul and promote better supply chain relationships across […]

Stress Awareness Month – mental health in the workplace

By Emily Pearson, Founder & Managing Director, Our Mind’s Work This month is Stress Awareness Month, need I say it, to increase public awareness about stress. For me, we’re already fairly aware of stress and the more aware we become, the higher the numbers climb for stress-related absence in the workplace. Like many industries, construction […]

Managing health and safety with technology and using it right

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East This week we’ve had some of the nicest weather of the year, with the sun finally showing its face. While the weather puts us all in a good mood, I can’t help but immediately think of outdoor workers, working under the sun, and […]

BREEAM Pre-Approval process – cutting time and cost.

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has introduced a pre-approval process for its Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sustainability certification scheme. The new process enables more than one project of a general specification to be evaluated by BRE Global together, helping clients to achieve the […]

Is adjudication incompatible with insolvency?

By Neil Harrold, Partner, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency, Hay & Kilner and Rebecca Weir, Solicitor, Construction Team, Hay & Kilner The introduction in the 1990s of adjudication as a quick and effective means of resolving disputes in construction contracts has had a transformative effect. At the same time, construction companies are no strangers to […]

Building After Brexit – what can the industry be doing now?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East With the EU exit deadline looming at the end of this month, the industry has devised an emergency plan to help prepare for whatever is to come. ‘Building After Brexit: An Action Plan for Industry’ identifies the need for construction to adopt a […]

Blazing a trail – #NAW19

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East As I write this, businesses up and down the country will be preparing to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March) – a week for raising awareness and celebrating apprenticeships and how rewarding they can be. For such a long time, apprenticeships carried a […]

Balance for Better – International Womens Day

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East There is a clear move towards embracing inclusion and demolishing stereotypes in the industry. We need people from different personal and professional backgrounds, bringing new and innovative ideas. With the skills shortage at a high, we’re in no position to be looking at […]

Bringing knowledge into the 21st century

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East A survey carried out by the UK’s Construction Knowledge Task Group (CKTG) has found that a third of construction practitioners just don’t have easy access to the knowledge they need. The information is there, they just don’t know how or where to access it. Our industry […]

Why is prompt payment still an issue?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Prompt payment, or the lack of it, is such a big issue in our industry and the collapse of Carillion last year certainly brought it back into the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons. Not only does it cause economic and social damage, […]