Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Wow, what a great few days we had in London last week for the Constructing Excellence 2015 Awards at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. It was good to catch up with some of our regional colleagues and over 500 people attended the awards ceremony. Leanne and I would like to congratulate all the winners and especially to the North East winners as we brought home three Awards. SME of the Year was presented to Hodgson Sayers, the BIM Project of the Year was won by Pride Hospitals – Hopewood Park project team and Stockton Borough Council scooped the Client of the Year. Many congratulations to everyone it is a truly remarkable achievement.

We will be launching our 2016 CENE Awards very soon so please keep an eye out on the website for further details. If you are interested in sponsorship packages for the 2016 Awards please contact us.

We will also be launching the Generation 4 Change Awards which are going to be held on Friday 1st April in Newcastle. These special awards are to celebrate the achievements of our young people and those who support them. There will be awards in the categories of apprentices, trainees, graduates and of course our Young Achiever of the Year Award as well as for organisations who have made special efforts with regards to those who support them. Please contact Leanne for further details on the awards and also if you are interested in any of the sponsorship opportunities available too.

This evening is the return of our annual Spooky Quiz Night, this year in aid of Breast Cancer Care, as it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there and remember there is a prize for the best dressed!

Next week we have two events taking place, on Thursday 5th will be an Introduction to Coastal Management led by Royal HaskoningDHV. They will explain the work carried out on the coast, the implications/issues as well as using their recent award winning project of Littlehaven as a case study. Details are below of the event and we do have a few spaces remaining.

Then on Friday is the First Friday Club with this month’s sponsor Balfour Beatty. We look forward to seeing you all there for a catch up.

I hope you all have a fantastically frightening Halloween weekend!

Best wishes


5/11/2015 - Introduction to Coastal Management 

Date: 5th November 2015
Time: 8.30m – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Royal Haskoning , 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 

Date: Friday 6th November 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue: TigerTiger, The Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Watson Burton LLP would like to invite you to the First Friday Club. The leading networking event for construction, architectural and built environment professionals in the North East, First Friday Club gives you the opportunity to catch up in an informal environment with others in the industry.

We are delighted that Balfour Beatty will be sponsoring our November event.

Balfour Beatty is a leading infrastructure group with more than 100 years of experience. They finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that supports communities and enables economic growth. 
Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK form part of this group with offices spread throughout the UK including their regional hub located within the Cobalt Business Park which provides expertise across the areas of civil engineering, construction and mechanical & electrical works. Their offering extends from the expertise needed to construct multi million pound projects and developments to the skills and care required to restore fragile listed buildings and structures.

They are currently responsible for delivering several contracts of regional importance including the £50m upgrade of the A1 between Coal House and the Metro Centre, and the £10m construction of Tyneside’s first district energy centre. In delivering such schemes they are committed to leaving a lasting legacy within the communities in which they operate through their ‘Involved’ programme which focusses on local employment & skills, community engagement, and local procurement.

Our November event will be held at TigerTiger Newcastle, Newgate St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5RE and light refreshments will be provided.

Spaces are limited so reserve your place now by completing the online booking form here.

For further information or for sponsorship packages for 2016 please speak to Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk  


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’.

Waterloo Air Products plcWaterloo Air Products plc are the lead sponsors of “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 Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO of Crossrail, 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.

Confirmed speakers so far include:
* Alex Dulewicz, Head of Marketing for Services – Rolls Royce
*Kay Allen OBE, Founding Director – Trading for Good
* Simon Troup, Head of Data Services – Open Sensors
* Dr. Julia Glidden, President and Founder – 21c Consultancy
* Tim McLoughlin, Head of Social Media – Saatchi & Saatchi

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 book your place please go to http://tinyurl.com/oymtzrg

12/11/2015 - NAWIC National Conference 

Date: Thursday 12 November 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Trowers & Hamlins, 3  Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ

This free event provides a fantastic opportunity for women in the construction industry to meet peers and build their network of contacts. NAWIC members will provide updates on their activities across the regions and on NAWIC's main projects.

There will be presentations by women working in a diverse range of roles across the sector, focussing on their experiences of building a career in construction, and on the future of the industry.

The speakers will then take part in a panel Q&A session and the afternoon will finish with a drinks reception to allow for plenty of networking.

1.30pm Registration
2.00pm Updates from the regions
3.00pm Update on NAWIC's "Ask the…" Project
3.20pm Presentations
4.20pm Panel Q&A session
4.40pm Drinks reception and networking

To sign up for this FREE CPD event please go to http://tinyurl.com/pcvmzfe

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: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, 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.