Welcome to this week’s e-news.

This week we have been putting the finishing touches to the Constructing Excellence National Awards and are getting very excited with only 8 days to go. Please keep an eye out on our Twitter page for live feeds of the winners being announced. I’m sure you’ll join with me to wish all the North East finalists good luck!

We are in the process of finalising the sponsorship, for the Constructing Excellence North East 2016 Awards which will be launched in December. If you are interested in receiving information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Leanne as soon as possible.

Yesterday we held the Design Liabilities seminar in association with Sintons LLP. Alex Rayner and Kevin Anderson, both from the Construction & Engineering department of Sintons, gave details of design liabilities responsibilities followed by case law studies. The presentation was excellent and I would like to thank Sintons for their hospitality.

Next week we have postponed the Armed Forces Employability Pathway meeting which was due to take place on Monday in Newcastle. The new date is Thursday 19th November and it will be part of the AFEP Open Day down at Catterick which will give you the opportunity to not only hear about it but to witness those participating in action.

Leanne and I will be in London on Thursday and Friday next week for the Constructing Excellence Regional Network meeting and the Constructing Excellence National Awards. We will be available via email but if there is anything urgent please contact us on our mobiles.

Please don’t forget it’s our annual Charity Spooky Quiz Night on October 29th at the Centre for Life so if you haven’t yet booked a team place please email Leanne. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate a prize for the raffle this would be greatly appreciated. This year we are fundraising for Breast Cancer Care as it is National Breast Cancer Awareness month during October, so please dig deep!

Best wishes 


29/10/15 - Spooky Quiz Night  - Few teams remaining! 

Date: Thursday 29th October 2015
Time: 6.45pm registration, 7.15pm start, 10.30pm Close
Venue: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Parking: Times Square Multi Storey Car Park
Cost: £50+VAT per team of 5

Constructing Excellence in the North East, Generation 4 Change NE along with support from RIBA North East Young Practitioners Forum are delighted to be once again holding their charity quiz night on Thursday 29th October 2015 at The Centre for Life and we would be happy if you would be able to join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of themed rounds to test everyone’s ability.

A traditional “pie and peas” supper will be served during the evening.

There will be a raffle held during the evening and would appreciate your support with donations. If you would like to donate a prize please email Leanne. (Your logo will be displayed on the quiz guest list on the evening)

There is no objection to entering more than one team so please encourage your clients and work colleagues to join in! 

To book your team please contact Leanne McAngus at leanne@cene.org.uk or call 0191 5007880

5/11/2015 - Introduction to Coastal Management 

Date: 5th November 2015
Time: 8.30m – 10.00am
Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £25+VAT CENE Members / £50+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with Royal HasknoningDHV are delighted to be holding this morning briefing on Coastal Management, the do’s and don’ts and more.

This presentation will explore various approaches to the management of our coastlines against erosion and sea flooding, from structural solutions (such as seawalls and rock revetments) to more recent approaches of managed realignment and adaptation to coastal change. 

Examples will be provided from various sites along the north east coastline, including a case study of the Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall Scheme, which will be representing the north east region at the forthcoming Constructing Excellence National Awards and which also collected the Project of the Year at this year’s CENE Awards in May.

To register please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk 

This seminar is worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

6/11/2015 - First Friday Club 

Further details of this event will be announced shortly. 

11/11/2015 - CE National Convention - Beyond the Built Environment

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Lords Cricket Ground, London

The 2015 Constructing Excellence Annual Conference is taking place on 11 November at Lords Cricket ground, and will consider a wide range of issues facing construction while looking ‘beyond the built environment’.

This year’s conference aims to show how other industries are tackling a number of the key issues that are facing our industry, and that are set out in the Construction 2025 strategy.

The days speakers will demonstrate how their organisations deal with the same issues that we are faced with, issues such as:

•Supply chain integration and collaborative working

•Embracing, and the use of technology and data management

•Importance of social value

•Attracting young people into their industries

Our final speaker will be a well-known construction client, who will show how everything we have heard during the day can and is being used within certain parts of the industry. The challenge we face is to make it the norm not the exception.

So please join us at what is sure to be an excellent event where we hope you will take away key messages and innovations that show how it can be applied within your organisation, and how we can take one step closer to excellence within the built environment and one step closer to our industry being the industry of choice for the next generation.

To engage with the event on social media in the run up and on the day itself please us the hashtag #BeyondBE

You can make sure you are notified when bookings open for the conference by registering your interest here

18/11/2015 - 8 Reasons why the RIBA Plan of Work makes Business Sense

Date: 18th November 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway, Sandgate House, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Tim Bailey is founder of xsite architecture and the author of the recently published Design: A Practical Guide to RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Stages 2 and 3. A guide that explains the importance of the Concept Design and Developed Design, how to achieve a balance of creativity and method and how it should interact with the briefing and construction phases.

While there seemed some hesitation in parts of the industry to adopt the new RIBA Plan of Work (PoW) when it was introduced in 2013, it is clear now that it has become the ‘new norm’ for referencing work stages across the industry. This is testament to the enduring power of a simple and clear framework for the processes that we all recognise every project has to go through to be successfully completed. The real beauty of the 2013 version is its ability to capture the flexibility required to match current procurement trends. And its secret weapon is its usefulness as a way for design teams and contractors to connect their design management skills to their business needs.

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

This seminar is worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

19/11/2015 - Armed Forces Employability Pathway 

Date:   Thursday 19th November 2015
Time: 8.30am Refreshments, 9.00am Presentations, Close 10.30am 
Venue: TBC

 What is AFEP?

The Armed Forces Employability Pathway (AFEP) construct links the Army Reserves, Local Authority, Job Centre Plus and local employers together to assist in moving course participants closer to the labour market, typically NEETs and unemployed, through their participation in a 6 week programme.

Our next course is in November, it is focussed around the North Tyne area.

The programme consists of:

Week 1 - with the military, developing communication, teamwork, problem solving skills in an environment that promotes respect, reliability and integrity…and more.

Weeks 2-3 – with a local training provider, developing an understanding of H&S, completing CSCS (if appropriate for work placement) and SFEDI course, including updating CV writing skills etc

Weeks 4-6 – with a local employer

Employers are not asked to guarantee employment, although there is an opportunity for them to ‘talent spot’. However, a requirement is to provide an interview for the individuals on work placement, helping them to identify where they are performing well and where there may be areas for improvement.

During week 1, there will be a visitors day where attendees can engage with the participants as they undertake their military training.

Google: AFEP Promo DVD

AFEPs planned:

Nov 15 – North Tyneside

Jan 16 - East Yorkshire

Feb 16 – Tyne & Wear

Mar 16 - South Yorkshire

May 16 – Durham Tees Valley

To book a place please email leanne@cene.org.uk or call 0191 5007880

26/11/2015 - Restoring a Past....Preserving a Future 

Date: Thursday 26th November 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Cost: FREE to CENE Club Members / £35+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice) 

Constructing Excellence North East Club in association with Quadriga would like to invite you along to hear from Quadriga providing an informative overview of traditional and contemporary repair solutions, which can be used in the conservation, preservation and restoration of buildings and structures.

The presentation is of particular relevance to those who are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to the care, repair and maintenance of historic and classical buildings. A range of techniques is discussed to care for the fabric of structures with sensitivity, imagination and minimum intervention.

This discussion will include details of our key areas of expertise, such as masonry, stone, timber and concrete repair. We will also look at case studies from some of Quadriga’s successful past and ongoing projects on historic buildings to show how we apply our methods in a practical way. 

Our techniques aim to give old buildings new life for future generations, and in this Construction CPD talk we pass on our knowledge and experience to you.

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk.

This seminar is worth 2 hours CPD. 

Cskills Training - Grace period removal 

The grace period for the Site Safety Plus scheme has been removed to bring the scheme in line with other Cskills Awards products.

This means the Delegate must be made aware of the certificate expiry date and ensure they attend the refresher course prior to the end date on the certificate.  Any Delegate that does not attend prior to the end date of their certificate will risk their right to attend a refresher course and will be required to attend the full course.

Therefore to allow time for this requirement to become embedded, Cskills Awards will continue the current process until 31 December 2015 after which date no registrations will be made that are beyond the end date of the certificate without formal appeal.

The revised Scheme Rules and associated course appendices will be available to download from the Site Safety Plus page on the Cskills Awards website on Monday 7 September 2015.

1 day
Site Supervisor Safety Training Refresher (SSSTS REFRESHER)
14th October 2015 or 17th December 2015
£135+vat per person

2 day
Site Manager Safety Training Refresher (SMSTS REFRESHER)
21st & 22nd December 2015
£280+vat per person

 To enquire about the above courses please contact Carney Consultancy on 0191 2963652 or info@carneyconsultancy.co.uk

Durham Tees Valley Training Services - Courses Available 

Health and Safety Awareness: 16th October

SMSTS Refresher: 22nd and 23rd October

Streetworks- 26th-30th October

Emergency First Aid: 12th October

To enquire or book any of these courses please contact Adrian Pritchard on 07884 586 508