Welcome to this week e-news.

Well this is the final newsletter of 2015 as we are closing the office from tomorrow and will re-open on Monday 4th January all raring to go for the new year.

This week Leanne and I have been busy finalising events for the coming year with the first one taking place on January 19th in association with DAC Beachcroft. This event will be the first in a series of events so see below for further details. We are holding a Tees Valley Construction Networking event on January 21st and would love to see you there. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for a future Tees Valley networking event please speak with us.

On Tuesday I was in London with my Constructing Excellence colleagues and National Members at the Constructing Excellence House of Commons Reception. It was lovely to have seen so many of you there and I am looking forward to the next one in April which will showcase some of our recent national winners.

On behalf of the CENE Team, Board, Club and G4C committees I would just like to thank you all for your continued and valued support during 2015. CENE has brought in 16 new members along with an increase in the attendance for CPD, conferences and networking. We are hoping 2016 will be an even better year for CENE and will look forward to seeing many of you at our events or meetings with you at your offices if you so wish.

We have also had a successful year with our prestigious Regional and National Awards with a record number of people attending the winner’s final in London in October in which the North East scooped 3 of the prestigious awards. Many congratulations go once again to all our worthy winners both regional and national. The Regional Awards ceremony, next year will take place in June and we are also delighted to be hosting our first regional Generation 4 Change Awards in April too. We would love to see encouragement from all our network by nominating or supporting your trainees, apprentices and professionals and to enter these Awards. The evening will of course be great fun too!

Please remember the deadline for the G4C Awards is Friday 29th January and the CENE Awards is Monday 29th February. If you would like Leanne and I to come and discuss your project with you and your team please contact Leanne to arrange a meeting.

In 2016 we are also launching our Construction Clients Group and if you or anyone you know would be interested in this forum please can you let me know.

Well it just leaves me to wish you all a merry Christmas and very prosperous 2016

Best wishes

Catriona & Leanne
(the CENE ‘TEAM’)

CENE & G4C North East Awards are now officially OPEN! 

You can find out further details on how to enter, the guidelines, application forms and most importantly the Awards brochures for both of these events on our website.

Please note that the Generation 4 Change North East entries deadline is Friday 29th January with the CENE Awards deadline being on Monday 29th February. 

If you would like to discuss your project/client or nomination please speak with Leanne to arrange an appointment. 

We still have a few sponsorship opportunities available for the Generation 4 Change North East Awards, if you would like further information on the packages please speak with Leanne. 

Another Award win for Littlehaven Seawall & Promenade 

Ninth accolade for South Shields £5million coastal work which takes climate change into account against the backdrop of the Paris climate change summit, a Tyneside seafront project which takes global warming into account has notched up a prestigious award.

The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields won the Medium Scale Project of the Year at the Landscape Institute Awards, where it also landed the overall Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation.

The latest national awards follow another regional accolade when the scheme picked up the title of Best Regeneration Scheme at the Living North Awards last weekend. The latest honours mean the scheme has now won nine awards and also been highly commended in three national contests.

Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Littlehaven is an innovative design concept that provides residents and visitors with a beautifully-lit promenade where they can take in beautiful views all year round while providing much-needed flood defence for homes and businesses in the area.

“Winning the Fellows’ Award is a real coup for the partnership that worked on this project. I’m delighted that our innovative approach to creating a sea defence wall that has also enhanced a community space has been recognised at national level in this way.”

The Littlehaven scheme involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne’s South Pier. The existing beach was widened and the new promenade and seawall created to take account of the latest projections for the impact of climate change. Other features include the installation of public art works, landscaping, seating and a lighting scheme.

The project was funded by South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency and delivered by a team including contractor Galliford Try Civil Engineering, engineering consultants Royal Haskoning DHV, landscape architects Oobe and Balfour Beatty Living Places.

The awards won so far by Littlehaven are:
2014: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North East Renaissance Award for Infrastructure Project of the Year; ICE Robert Stephenson Award for Project of the Year over £4m.

2015: Constructing Excellence North East Awards for Infrastructure Project of the Year and overall Project of the Year for the North East; Brownfield Briefing Awards for Best Urban Regeneration Project; Northern Design Awards for Best Commercial Landscape Design.

In addition the project has been commended in the Concrete Society Awards for Civil Engineering, Placemaking Awards for Placemaking in Northern England and ACE Engineering Excellence Awards for Utility and Infrastructure.

19/01/2016 - The nature, formation and construction of Building & Engineering contracts

Date: 19th January 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members / £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

DAC Beachcroft in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East will be offering a series of Breakfast Seminars during 2016. Each seminar will cover a subject or subjects as part of the overall theme of "Construction Law – key issues for commercial managers".

The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office with the first one taking place on Tueday 19th January and the subject is "The nature, formation and construction of Building & Engineering contracts".

This seminar will cover:

-       Who are the parties?
-       What documents might be included?
-       What general arrangements might there be?
-       How is a contract made?
-       Letters of intent
-       How does a court/adjudicator assess the meaning of a contract?

 Future seminars will cover:

• Payment terms, purpose and effect of certificates and Notices

• Money claims and causation

• Delay and liquidated damages

• Non-performance – liability, making good defects and excuses/exclusions for non-performance

• Assignment, novation and termination

• Dispute Resolution

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

Each seminar is worth 1 hours CPD. 

21/01/2016 - Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley 

Date: Thursday 21st January 2016  
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: TBC, Tees Valley 

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. 

This relaxed and informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with built environment professionals from the Tees Valley area.

The event will be held in Tees Valley with a light buffet and refreshments will be served.  

If you would like to register please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk.

21/01/2016 - Networking & Social Media - Good or Bad use for Business? 

Date: Thursday 21st January 2016  
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Offices of Watson Burton LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

Networking is the lifeblood of business large and small as it is vital to have strong supply chains and reliable contacts that can provide you with key market information as well as advice and support.

But networking can be a daunting prospect – especially if you are new to it.

Meryl Levington, Managing Director or Actif will give a short guide on how to make the most of opportunities around you and how to spot which networks you and your organisation need to be part of and which you can ditch.

Secondly Kathryn Dishman, Managing Director of PR and social media consultancy KD Communications, will discuss how to create a personal brand via social networks and how to use it effectively to expand networks and build business relationships.

We will then let you the audience take some of these fantastic hints/tips and put them into practice with your fellow colleagues in the room!

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

27/01/2016 & 3/02/2016 - CDM  for Clients 

Date: 27th January & 3rd February 2016
Time: 8.30am - 10.00am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne (3rd Feb) / Tees Valley TBC (27th Jan)

What are the responsibilities of clients under CDM2015 and what does a ‘good CDM Client’ look like?

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with James Ritchie of James Ritchie Architects will discuss:
- Selecting the right consultants and contractors: what is important?
- Approved contractor lists: competence v familiarity — where does CDM fit in?
- Just how much should a Principal Designer assist their clients?
- Providing pre-construction information; what should clients provide to designers and contractors and why?
- What do ‘suitable and sufficient client management arrangements’ look like?

To register for this event, please state in your email which region you would prefer to attend to Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

The seminars will be worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

28/01/2016 - Climate Change & Flood Risk Management 

Date: 28th January 2016
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson, St Ann’s Wharf, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with Royal HaskoningDHV are delighted to invite you to this morning briefing on Flood Risk Management, and issues related to climate changes and future flooding.

The presentation will provide an overview on flood risk management in the North East, highlighting the duties and responsibilities that lie with each stakeholder and authority, the Environment Agency, the Water Companies, the Local Authorities, and others.  

We will tie this in to looking ahead at the risks of climate changes on flooding, based on a North East regional climate change adaptation study produced by Royal HaskoningDHV for the North East Regional Government.  We will briefly review the findings of the study and specifically focus on projected future flood impacts.

Finally we will present examples of good practice surface water flood management, specifically in relation to SuDS and an award-winning site at Lamb Drove (Cambridgeshire) which has been the focus for many case studies.  We will draw on recent post-construction monitoring on the benefits of sustainable drainage at the site.

We will also have a presentation from Northumbrian Water Group. 

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

This seminar will be worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

16/02/2016 - What makes a good leader? 

Further details on this event will be announced in the New Year. This will be delivered by David Stitt of DSA Building Performance. 

1/04/2016 - G4C 2016 Awards Dinner 

Date: Friday 1st April 2016
Time: 7.00pm – 12.30am
Venue: Hilton NewcastleGateshead, Bottle Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £45+VAT (Tables of 10/12 are available upon request)

For the first time in the region Generation for Change North East will be holding an Awards to celebrate the outstanding examples of excellence and best practice within our sector and the region.

The Awards evening will look to award individuals/organisations from six categories and this will take place at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead on Friday 1st April 2016.

G4C is passionate about focusing on young people and showcasing the young talent in the industry. We are looking to celebrate achievements of this young talent and the organisations supporting and shaping the future leaders of our industry. We know that the construction industry in this area is of a high standard so let’s prove it!

There are some fantastic sponsorship opportunities available from category sponsor to drinks reception, if you are interested in becoming involved please contact Leanne.

To book your tickets please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

10/06/2016 - CENE 2016 Awards Dinner 

Date: Friday 10th June 2016  
Time: 6.45pm – 1.00am
Venue: Newcastle Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel   
Cost: £100+VAT CENE Members / £120+VAT Non Members, tables of 10/12 are available upon request. 

The Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards is a celebration of everything the North East Built Environment has to be proud of and we are delighted to be celebrating our twelfth annual ceremony.  

Winners are selected across various categories including Innovation, Integration & Collaborative Working, Value and Sustainability and BIM Project of the Year. We anticipate that the awards will be the biggest and most exciting yet!

To avoid disappointment please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk to book your tickets now!