Entries by Leanne McAngus

7th April Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East When you think about tech-driven industries, I doubt that construction is the first that comes to mind. In the past, we’ve had a reputation for being slow to adapt to the digital age, but over recent years, the smart building tech industry has […]

31st March Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East On Wednesday (29 March) Theresa May triggered Article 50 and officially started the process for Britain to leave the EU. As we prepare for a ramp up in the industry, ensuring we are stronger than ever, we also need to ensure that the […]

24th March Journal Column

 By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East With Article 50 set to be triggered next Wednesday (29 March) and the impact of Brexit fast approaching, it’s time to stop panicking and start thinking about what we need/can do in the months ahead to make the process as pain free as […]

17th March Journal Column

 By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week, Chancellor Philip Hammond gave his Spring Budget speech and announced the launch of new T-Level qualifications. The new system is designed to put technical construction qualifications on a par with A-Levels, and I couldn’t be happier! For a long time, technical […]

10th March Journal Column

 By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East New research has revealed that half of school age children have never been given any information on possible jobs in construction by their teachers or careers advisers. House builders, Redrow surveyed 2,000 parents and school age children and 147 of its own apprentices […]

3rd March Journal Column

 By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The National House Building Council (NHBC) has launched a website to help house-builders keep track of their ongoing projects being built off-site. Offsite construction is a modern way of building that sees the unit being constructed offsite in a factory-controlled environment. The building […]

24th March Journal Column

 By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The end of 2016 marked the end of the industry as we know it. A lot of big, important decisions were made and there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact they would have on the industry.  But despite the apprehension, mainly […]

Watson Burton supports major construction industry Awards event

Construction specialists, Watson Burton have once again demonstrated close ties to the sector by sponsoring a major industry award. The Newcastle head-quartered firm is sponsoring the Value category in the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2017, which will take place on June 16 at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel. The awards, now […]

17th February Journal Column

   By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week, the government published the long-awaited Housing White Paper, which revealed something we’ve all known for a long time– the housing market is broken. While the housing shortage has always been particularly bad in London, it’s getting worse up and down […]

10th February Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last month, the Prime Minister, Theresa May announced a £170m investment in new institutes of technology, to boost the skills of 16 to 24 year olds as part of a new Modern Industrial Strategy. We’re constantly asking for more effort to be put […]