Entries by Leanne Conaway

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 […]

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 […]