Welcome to this week’s e-news. 

Last Friday afternoon we attended the Forum for the Built Environment event at the Northern Counties Club to meet their new Chair Fred Cosgrove. It was lovely to catch up with some of you and we would like to wish Fred the very best of luck in his new role.

This week has been pretty busy for Leanne and I. We have held a few meetings with organisations to discuss the G4C and CENE Awards. If you require some support with your awards entries please get in touch with Leanne to arrange a chat. On Tuesday morning we held the first in the series of CPD events with DAC Beachcroft at their offices in Newcastle. This seminar was going back to basics on how to set up a contract, who are the parties, what documents are to be included and letters of intent. This was a great seminar to start the series off and the next one, being held on February 24th, will look at Payment Terms.

Today we have had two events, this afternoon was the return of the Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley which is being held at The Brasserie at Hudson Quay in Middlesbrough. We are looking forward to a great turn out and having a good catch up with you all. The next Tees Valley networking event will be held on March 17th and is kindly sponsored by Muckle LLP.  If you would like to sponsor the one in May please ask Leanne for further details. This evening is the first G4C event of 2016 and is covering social media and how to network as well as building relationships.

Next week we have one event taking place in association with Royal HaskoningDHV and Northumbrian Water Group discussing climate change and flood risk management with some local case studies on flood alleviation schemes, SuDs and more. Details are below and if you would like to register please contact Leanne.

Also next Friday is our Generation4Change North East Awards deadline, so please remember to nominate your outstanding trainees, students, apprentices and professionals as these individuals are going to be the leaders of the future and we have to acknowledge their achievements. So please get nominating!

Best wishes


CENE needs YOU! 

Constructing Excellence in the North East are looking for individuals to join the Constructing Excellence North East Club Steering Group. 

The Steering group is a mix of consultants, architects, electrical contractors and contractors who come together on a bi-monthly basis to discuss the key themes of the industry which then leads to hosting these events & debates. 

If you would like to be involved, please email Leanne at leanne@cene.org.uk. 

CENE & G4C North East Awards - Deadline Dates! 

**Only 1 week left to enter the G4C 2016 Awards**

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. 

Handbook - A Guide to the CDM Regulations 

The long awaited Principal Designer's Handbook: Guide to the CDM Regulations 2015 (hard copy) is now available to purchase here: http://www.aps.org.uk/publications/principal-designers-handbook-guide-cdm-regulations-2015-hard-copy

Launching at an exclusive event in London on Wednesday 20 January, the Handbook is a quick, first point of reference for both new Principal Designers and experienced Design Risk Practitioners and will help the industry achieve a proportionate response to health and safety design risk management in the pre-construction phase by helping those who have sufficient health and safety skill, knowledge and experience to carry out the Principal Designer role, where they feel confident to do so.

The Handbook covers
- The Principal Designer role - provides an overview of the role; details the key responsibilities; and outlines how they differ on commercial and domestic projects
- The Principal Designer in practice – includes details on fees and appointments; Pre-Construction Information; Design Risk management; and how to prepare a Health and Safety File.
- Liaison with the Principal Contractor – includes details of the Construction Phase Plan; the continuing liaison required during the Construction Phase; and guidance on the defects liability period.
- Standard and exemplar documents – includes fees and appointment worked examples; examples of a Health and Safety File; and other useful templates which will be modified and updated as experience of the Regulations develop.
- The key CDM roles – outlines the key roles and responsibilities for the Client, Designer, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Contractors, Workers, and CDM Adviser.

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 and Northumbrian Water Group 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.

There will also be a case study from Norrthumbrian Water Group on SuD’s and a local flood risk reduction scheme. 

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

24/02/2016 - Payment Terms, purpose and effect of certificates and notices 

Date: 24th February 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 and this one is entitled Payment Terms, Purpose and Effect of Certificates and notices.

Details of what Roddy Gordon from DAC Beachcroft will discuss will be released shortly, please keep an eye out on our website. 

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

This seminar is worth 1 hours CPD. 

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. 

15/03/2016 - “I’ll See You In Court” – Understanding the Litigation Process

Date: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.45am  
Venue: Offices of Sintons Law, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4DB
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 Sintons Law’s Kevin Anderson (Construction & Engineering Team) will discuss what happens during a construction court case (known as litigation).

The discussion will provide an understanding of the entire litigation process, including:

• the pre-action requirements imposed upon the parties; 

• the ongoing use of alternative methods to resolve the dispute / without prejudice offers and their effect upon the litigation;

• which court to use;

• commencing and serving the claim, including what goes into the various pleadings;

• the Court’s questionnaires etc. and the hearing at which directions are given to manage the case;

• the (relatively new) use of costs budgets;

• the disclosure process;

• the use of expert opinion witnesses;

• the use of factual witness statements;

• the preparation for trial;

• the trial itself; and

• how to enforce the judgment both for damages and costs.

With this introductory guide to the litigation process, you will at least be armed to understand what the process shall entail should you ever find yourself involved in a court case, be that as Claimant, Defendant or any other interested party. Kevin will also outline his experiences of situations that have tested the boundaries of normal court procedures.

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

 This seminar 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! 

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!!