Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Happy New Year and I hope 2016 is a great year for you all and that your organisations and that the construction industry as a whole has a prosperous year.

Well Monday was our first day back following the Christmas and New Year break and it was great news to have more sponsors and supporters for our Generation4Change Awards in April and are pleased to announce Jacksons Law Firm and CIOB North East are supporting categories at the Awards. We have a number fantastic sponsorship opportunities left including 3 categories, so if you would like to become involved please contact Leanne.

Please note that the deadline for entries is Friday 29th January at 5.00pm and we will look forward to receiving your entries/nominations. If you would like further information on the G4C Awards then please contact Leanne or download the brochure from our website.

If you are considering entering either the Constructing Excellence or G4C Awards and require some advice and support then please contact us for an appointment.

We are kicking off this year’s events schedule with the first one taking place on January 19th in conjunction with DAC Beachcroft. The event will look at the formation of building contracts to include how the contract is made, who the parties are, letters of intent and more. Details are below and if you’re interested in attending please contact Leanne. This will be the first in a series of events, feel free to attend all seminars or those to which you are most suited.

We then have a networking event in the Tees Valley on Thursday 21st so please encourage your suppliers, contractors, clients to attend. On the evening of the 21st G4C will kick off their events for 2016 with a Social Media & Networking with Meryl Levington and Kathryn Dishman. They both will discuss what networks to be involved in, how to build networks, uses of social media for your company and then of course networking with fellow peers in the room.

We have a great series of events lined up for this year including a half day conference of which there will be more details announced shortly.

If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see, please contact Leanne.

We will look forward to seeing you soon,

Best wishes


CENE & G4C North East Awards - Deadline Dates! 

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 are 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 both closing at 5.00pm prompt. 

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. 

Local Construction company supporting colleague to raise funds for Maggies Cancer Care 

Chris Ellis an Estimator for local construction company Rainton Construction has teamed up with Pioneer Beards to help raise awareness and funds for Maggies Cancer Care Centre in Newcastle.

The challenge he has set himself is to grow a yeard (a yeard, also known as a year long beard). He took his last shave on December 31st and will not shave until 1st January 2017!

Chris himself knows the suffering relating to cancer as he battled with Bowel and Liver cancer aged only 23. This year marks a huge milestone for Chris as he will be 10 years all clear.

Chris's close friend was diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2010 whilst in her early thirties. It hit her hard! Harder than most people thought it would. 6 months ago she was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of the disease in her bones. Maggies Care Centre in Newcastle has been instrumental in aiding her through this recent battle and has been as important as any medicinal treatment on offer.

Chris had never personally heard of Maggies, but after seeing the difference it is making inspired him to do this challenge.  Pioneer Beards will be doing various publicity events over the next 12 months to help raise awareness including updating their twitter @pioneerbeards and facebook accounts every Friday with a photo update of Chris’ progress. They are also providing him with beard products to aid the transition into beardness.

Chris will be updating his twitter so please follow for weekly updates @chrell83. For further information on Pioneer Beards, please visit www.pioneerbeards.co.uk.

To donate to Chris’s challenge, please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/pioneerbeardschallenge – any donations welcome and would be greatly appreciated!

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: The Brasserie @ Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough 

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) / Claxton Suite, Wynyard Rooms (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. 

10/02/2016 - The Future in Light Gauge Steel 

Date: 10th February 2016
Time: 8.30am – 10.00am
Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: FREE to CENE Club Members, £35+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East Club in conjunction with ORCA are delighted to bring you this morning briefing on the future of light gauge steel works.

Whilst light gauge steel is a well-tried and tested product, ORCA’s approach to its use is radically different and better, bringing together a number of factors:

• Design-led systems to maximise efficiencies in manufacture and assembly, and “designing out” problems before they arise.

• Full integration of manufacturing software with Revit, Autodesk and BIM modelling, with automated data transfer.

• Careful engineering of components and processes to reduce material content and waste.

• Simplified and smaller fabrication units generating lower fixed costs in factory and plant; and allowing mobile manufacturing on site where appropriate, simplifying the supply chain and offering just-in-time logistics.

As a result of the above factors, it can offer the advantages of:

• Accuracy – offering significant advantages in relation to airtightness and thus thermal performance.

• Speed of erection with in-house reception teams.

• Reduced requirements for plant and scaffolding during erection.

• Flexibility in both design and delivery – offering the advantages of Off Site Manufacture without the inflexibility and cost often associated with other systems.

• When using roof panel cassettes, usable loft space in houses.

• Stability – high levels of rigidity and no shrinkage.

• Reduced fire risk during construction.

• De-risking the construction process, particularly by removing bricklaying from the critical path.  The shell of a house can be weather tight and available for first fix trades within 2 to 3 days.  With dry rain-screen cladding, there is no need for any brickwork

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 500 7880 or leanne@cene.org.uk 

This event is worth 1 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. 

3/03/2016 - Construction Legal Update 

Date: Thursday 3rd March 2016
Time: 8.30am – 10.00am      
Venue: Claxton Suite, Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard 
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with DAC Beachcroft invites you to our Construction Legal Update Seminar on the 3 March 2016.

This seminar is principally for contractors, subcontractors and consultants on three topics central to the outcome of projects in the construction industry– payment, extensions of time and claims. If nothing else, a useful refresher. The seminar will cover three key topics within the industry at present.

Payment – Vikki Pounder, Associate, DAC Beachcroft

Notices - how to get paid and avoid bogus claims for payment. – Matthew Harding t/a M J Harding Contractors –v- Gary Paice and Ms Kim Springall

Time – Roddy Gordon, Partner, DAC Beachcroft

Conditions Precedent, global claims, dominant cause and concurrency

Loss and expense - Warren Kemp, Partner, DAC Beachcroft

What is a global claim and what does the law currently say about the records necessary for prolongation claims.

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

This event is worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

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! 

11/02/2016 - Wine Tasting with a Twist

Date: 11th February 2016
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Trinity House, Broad Chare, Newcastle Quayside
Cost: £75 or table of 8 £500

The Northumberland and Durham Taverners are delighted to announce a joint event on THURSDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2016 AT 7PM Trinity House, Broad Chare, Newcastle Quayside.

Sample wines from six countries, hear about their economy and investment markets from Justin Urquhart Stewart and enjoy complementary canapés with each new wine The event offers a chance to broaden your knowledge and your nose for investing, if not enjoying a good glass of wine supplied and introduced by Alastair Stewart  of Richard Granger Wines

To book, email  NEladytaverners@lordstaverners.org, tables are in short supply!

About Justin:
Justin Urquhart Stewart is an investment expert, frequent financial commentator and a well known media personality. He and his business partner founded Seven Investment Management (7IM) in 2001 to provide some “radical common sense” and to change “a lazy, lethargic and self satisfied” investment industry. The company now has over £9 billion of assets under management. As well as knowing a thing or two about wine, in March 2015, Justin won The Spectator Money Award for Lifetime Achievement.