Entries by Leanne McAngus

3rd February Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Research suggests that those working in our industry could be 10 times more likely to die by suicide than from on-site accidents. I don’t know about you, but when you consider how dangerous our industry is, that statistic is both shocking and extremely […]

27th January 2017 Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last year the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that firms with a payroll over £3m would need to pay both the CITB levy and the government’s new all-industry apprenticeship levy, which will come into […]

20th January Journal Column

By Stephen Hamil, Director of Research and Innovation at NBS The Government’s April 2016 Building Information Model (BIM) mandate has been and gone –and now nine months on, we’re all wondering how well BIM Level 2 is working in practice and if it was really worth it. Well, looking at what the UK has achieved […]

13th January Journal Column

By Graham Sutton, Associate Solicitor at Hay & Kilner Adjudication is the process of resolving disputes without lengthy and expensive court procedures. Following changes to the Construction Act in 2011, specifically Section 108 A, it is generally accepted that in the absence of an effective agreement to the contrary, the parties involved in an adjudication cannot recover the […]

6th January Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Happy New Year to you all – I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break and are raring to get started. I cannot believe 2017 is here already, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months have in store […]

23rd December Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East It’s that time of year again when everywhere you look there are reviews of the last 12 months and predictions of what we can expect from the year ahead. If I had to summarise what 2016 was like for our industry, I would […]

16th December Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last month, the government published a wide-ranging review of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that aims to help improve its efficiency and provide greater focus to its housebuilding work. The review stated that the agency must have a clear principal objective of […]

9th December Journal Column

By Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of NBS It’s safe to say that the effects of the Brexit decision are still unfolding. Industry forecasts, like those produced by the Construction Products Association and Experian, suggest that whilst we are not heading for a recession, construction output has significantly diminished following the Brexit decision. But it seems […]

2nd December Journal Column

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week, chancellor Philip Hammond made his first (and last) Autumn Statement and announced a lot of positive things for our industry. Housing and construction companies have welcomed his announcement which sets out new funding for affordable housing and infrastructure amongst other things. […]

18th November Journal Column

By Jan Rzedzian, Associate Solicitor, Hay & Kilner Contractors, employers, construction professionals and solicitors should all be familiar with the 16-year-old Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes. The protocol sets standards which the parties to a dispute are expected to observe before court proceedings are issued – the idea behind it being to save […]