Welcome to this week’s e-news.

This week Leanne and I have been visiting organisations to discuss the Constructing Excellence and Generation4Change North East Awards. There is still plenty of time to discuss your nominations or projects with the deadline for the G4C NE Awards being on Friday 29th January and the CENE Awards on Monday 29th February.

We would like all those in senior managerial positions to support the Generation 4 Change Awards by nominating your trainees, students, apprentices and those upcoming professionals in your organisations. So please get nominating!

We have three fantastic sponsorship opportunities available for the G4C North East Awards taking place on Friday 1st April, so if you are interested please contact us for further details.

On Tuesday morning Leanne attended the first CECA North East & Watson Burton briefing session of 2016 which was on ‘Compensation Events’ with Sarah Wilson, Partner at Watson Burton delivering the presentation. It was a packed house and the next one will be held on February 16th.

Tomorrow Leanne and I are attending the Forum for the Built Environment ‘Meet your new Chairman’ event at the Northern Counties Club and will look forward to catching up with some of you there.

Next week is another busy week for us with three events taking place. On Tuesday we have the first in the series of DAC Beachcroft events with this one covering how to put a construction contract together and what to look out for. Then on Thursday afternoon we are holding the Construction Industry Networking in Tees Valley at the Brasserie, Hudson Quay. That evening sees the first G4C event of 2016 looking at how to build up your network, what networks to be involved in and how best to use social media. We still have spaces available for both events and further information and booking instructions are below.

We will look forward to seeing you at one of our events 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. 

With the G4C Awards being the first ever for the North East we ask that you please support by nominating your trainees, students, apprentices or upcoming professionals. 

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

Building on Success for Castle Building Services 

Pre-planning and adopting a forward thinking ethos have both proved invaluable for one of the region’s largest independent mechanical and electrical building services design and installation companies,  leading to a significant growth in turnover, almost doubling that of the last financial year.

A high level of repeat business, especially from main construction contractors, has been partly responsible for Castle reaching £38 million. A further boost to Castle’s confidence that this growth would continue came from a decision by key commercial property client, UK Land Estates, to reinvest in speculative schemes. Castle’s order book is in such rude health it has already secured over 50% of its target for 2016, with some contracts/income running into 2017.

The leisure sector, particularly hotel developments, has been something of a growth area for the contractor of late and this looks set to continue as it has just been awarded a £4million contract on the development of a new hotel for Motel 1 in Glasgow city centre. Closer to home, during December, the contractor completed its role on the conversion of the old Coop store in Newcastle, installing building services into what is now a 184-bed Premier Inn.

Currently many of Castle’s contracts are based on schemes north of the border where it is working on projects in the education sector such as Caol Campus, Fort William, where the contractor has recently completed its role on a new community centre and has now commenced the second phase of works constructing a new primary school.  Castle has also commenced working on Oriam, Scotland’s new national sports and performance facility based at the Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

In the past 12 months, Castle has significantly increased staff numbers in both its North East and East Kilbride offices, with a high proportion of the recruitment occurring in Scotland.  According to information provided by the company, in response to its commitment to pre-engineering and investment in BIM (Building Information Modelling), the level of salaried staff has grown by 50%.

In the latter part of 2015, the organisation also appointed four trainees, two of which were recruited specifically with BIM in mind the firm delivers more and more schemes for both public and private sector clients, using the technology.

This level of recruitment and training will allow Castle to mould staff into its way of thinking, while at the same time equip them with the skills required to meet the company’s growth plans, as it continues to deliver projects that exceed client’s expectations. 

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?

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

This will be 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   

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.

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. 

3/02/2016 - CDM  for Clients: What you need to know 

Date: 3rd February 2016
Time: 8.30am - 10.00am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £25+VAT CENE Members / £50+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice) 

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 contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

The seminar will be worth 1.5 hours CPD. 

5/02/2016 - First Friday Club

Date: Friday 5th February 2016
Time: 12.30 – 2.00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: FREE

Watson Burton LLP in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East, is delighted to invite you to the First Friday Club.

Our first event of 2016 event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RX.

The event will take place in the restaurant area and light refreshments will be provided.

Watson Burton is sponsoring this First Friday Club. Partner David Spires will be welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

To book your place please go to http://tinyurl.com/hxpr65l or for further information/sponsorship enquiries please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

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

Date: 10th February 2016
Time: 8.30am – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway LLP, 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? 

Date: 16th February 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Offices of Watson Burton, Newcastle upon Tyne  
Cost: £10+VAT (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

As future leaders of the industry have you given much thought to what being a leader will be like in 2025 and beyond?

Technically things will have changed dramatically between now and then so we will all be dealing with things differently.  But people are still people and leading people may still present the same challenges that today’s leader’s experience. 

Have you given thought about your leadership or how you would like to improve on your leadership skills then this event for young professionals in the construction industry will explore:

- difference between leadership and management and styles of leadership

- how to effect leadership at junior through to senior career stages.

- the challenges faced in the construction industry, present and future and how they might be addressed by different styles of leadership

This event will be led by Dave Stitt of DSA Building Performance who is also the co-author of ‘21st century People Leadership’ and new book ‘We need to talk about Collaboration’.

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

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! 

10 & 17/02/2016 - RIBA Principal Designer Course 

Date: Wednesday 10 & Wednesday 17 February
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm, registration from 9.45am
Venue: Newcastle, City Centre location TBC
Cost: £395 (+VAT) (£474 inclusive of VAT) including refreshments, lunch and a copy of CDM 2015: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers, RRP £25

Are you interested in the Principal Designer role?
Would you like to know how you can capitalise on the skills you already have and embrace this role?

The Health and Safety Executive’s recent Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into effect on 6 April 2015, with transitional arrangements that ended 6 October 2015. The changes address concerns raised by the construction industry, as well as under/over implementation of the EU Directive requirements. 

The course will provide you with sufficient knowledge and guidance to enhance your existing skills, knowledge and understanding as ‘designers’, enabling you to assume the Principal Designer role on ongoing projects. The course explores the Principal Designer role in an interactive and engaging format, designed and led by architect Paul Bussey, author of CDM 2015:A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers, and civil engineer Tony Putsman from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The interactive course will be delivered over two days (11.5 hours in total), with a week-long gap in between, allowing you time to reflect and revise.

How to book your place
Numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first book and pay basis. To book your place on the course please contact Amy Tomlinson, Amy.Tomlinson@riba.org or call 0191 261 7441.

3/03/16 - RIBA Durham CPD Roadshow 

Date: 3rd March 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Venue: Radisson Blu, Durham
Cost: FREE

Booking is now open for the RIBA Durham CPD Roadshow. The event will be held on Thursday 3 March at the Radisson Blu Hotel Durham from 9.30am – 3.00pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided along with complimentary car parking. Attendance is free and you can book up to four one-hour sessions.

At this Roadshow Sarah Grey, BIM Toolkit Product Manager from NBS will demonstrate how a free-to-use level-2 BIM tool has been developed. This session will cover how:

• Information requirements can be developed at a strategy and brief stage working with the client;

• The information delivery plan can grow through the design stages to determine who is doing what and when;

• Level of definition bandings can be referenced to define what information is required;

• Manufacturer solutions may be easily found with digital information being provided in the right place at the right time

• Specifications may be automatically generated from responsibilities in a delivery plan

Book your free place now!!