3/06/2015 - Construction Industry Networking in Tees Valley 

Date: 3rd June 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Directors Suite, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Football Club

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce this month’s sponsor is Clugston Construction. 

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 at Middlesbrough Football Club and a light buffet with refreshments will be served.

About our sponsor:
Clugston Construction are delighted to be sponsoring this event alongside Constructing Excellence North East.   As a leading family owned Construction and Civil Engineering Contractor in the North of England working in a variety of market sectors and projects ranging from £1 million-£50 million with a local office in Stockton-on-Tees we reconginse the importance of Constructing Excellence and its forward thinking vision.

If you would like to register please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk.

4/06/2015 - The Future of Construction 

Date: 4th June 2014
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am 
Venue: Offices of Brewin Dolphin, Newcastle upon Tyne

The construction industry is forever evolving and new technology is helping companies operate more efficiently. Collaboration, on-site working and the implications of BIM are all areas that technology can help with. To assist construction businesses make the right decisions moving forward, we have invited industry specialists to share their knowledge and experience.

A leading City analyst’s view of future trends in the Construction Industry

We are delighted to have Stephen Williams BSc (Econ) FCSI, a leading City analyst based in London, join us to speak about the broad trends in the Construction Industry.

Stephen is the Divisional Director of Equity Research at Brewin Dolphin and has responsibility for Real Estate, Home Construction and Construction and Materials sectors. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the Stock Market, having fulfilled senior roles as a fund manager and as a research analyst for Pearl Assurance, County NatWest Investment Management, James Capel and Williams de Broë. He has been recognised as an Extel rated analyst for his research in the Support Services and Construction sectors. 

How IT can help businesses in the construction sector improve working practice

On the technical side, experts from Atlas Cloud will discuss technological advancements in the construction industry and how to use these to support and improve business and building processes.

How one of the region’s leading companies have benefited from modernising their IT

Finally, Metnor Group Ltd will talk about the technology challenges the business faced, why they decided to change and the experience since moving to the Atlas Cloud.

To register please contact Leanne on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

5/06/2015 NAWIC North East - World Environment Day


Date:    Friday 5th June 2015

Time:    8.30am registration - 9.00am -10.30am presentations

Venue:  Watson Burton, 1 St James’ Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1 YQ

Cost:     £15 non NAWIC Members

NAWIC North East in collaboration with Watson Burton invite you to join them to celebrate World Environment Day at their CPD event.

This year's world Environment Day theme is ‘sustainable lifestyles’.

This CPD event will focus particularly on ‘water’ and the sustainable management of this valuable resource.

The three speakers will provide expert advice, information and best practice on how to sustainably manage water whether it be part of a project, a flood risk management initiative or just a personal lifestyle.

• Valley Environment – Solving Problems via Green Infrastructure

• Environment Agency – A guide to managing flood risk

• Northumbrian Water – Managing and improving existing infrastructure in a challenging environment

To book a place please email leanne@cene.org.uk or call 0191 374 2033

Light refreshments will be served

5/06/2015 - First Friday Club 

Date: Friday 5th June 20015
Time: 12.30pm - 2.00pm 
Venue: TigerTiger,  Newcastle upon Tyne


Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to welcome 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.

Our June event will be held at TigerTiger Newcastle, The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne,  NE1 5RE.

Light refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited so reserve your place now by completing our  online booking form.

Watson Burton is delighted to be sponsoring June’s  First Friday Club.

Chris Graham, Partner, Watson Burton LLP, will be welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

Register now

If you would like to register for the First Friday Club please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk


30/06/2015 - Summer Networking & Drinks with Sintons LLP 

Date: Tuesday 30th June 20015
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue: Balcony, Offices of Sintons LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne

You're invited to!!

Sintons’ Construction team in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to invite you to their beginning of summer networking and drinks event.

This informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with professionals from the Built Environment.

Our Construction and Engineering team provides advice on all aspect of construction and engineering law, both contentious and non-contentious.

The event will be held at our office and a light buffet with refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk  

1/07/2015 -  Public Procurement – A guide to the process and how to improve chances of success

Date: Wednesday 1st July 2015
Time: 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

This event is designed for those bidding for public sector contracts and will be a practical and interactive session working through the procurement process (PQQ, ITT and standstill) providing pointers as to what to look out for; how to get noticed; when and how best to raise issues; and how to deal with standstill letters and debrief meetings.

How a bidder approaches a procurement process can be as important as the actual solution it is offering. Bidders aware of both their rights and the authority's obligations are more likely to be successful and are more likely to submit bids which meet the advertised requirements. Conversely, bidders who are able to offer low priced, effective solutions may not necessarily be awarded contracts which they are best placed to perform due to a lack of knowledge of the procurement process itself. This session attempts to ensure that you do not fall into that latter category.

The session will be led by Ruth Connorton, DAC Beachcroft's national head of procurement law and Tim Dennis, a solicitor specialising in procurement litigation. Ruth is rated in Chambers as a leading lawyer in this field and is "well respected for commercial, pragmatic advice". Ruth and Tim have real hands on experience working with bidders and the public sector across all sectors and have advised on many leading cases.

This event follows a session run by Ruth and Tim last year which received great feedback from members both in terms of content and style.   

To register please contact Leanne on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

16/06/2015 - Low Energy Masterclass 

Date: Tuesday 16th June 2015
Time: 09:30 – 16:30
Venue: Your Homes Newcastle Unit 5 Greenfinch Way, Gateway West, Newburn Riverside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NX


Low Energy Know How – Policy, Implementation and Research Update Brought to you by The Zero Carbon Hub, in collaboration with Saint-Gobain.

Following on from the first low carbon event, this seminar will present the most recent information on the Zero Carbon journey and definition, as well as the latest political insight. It will update on both the Performance Gap and ‘Builders Book’ practical guidance projects, as well as the first look at the outcomes from the Hub’s much anticipated Overhearing in Homes report.

Low Carbon Homes – Ahead of Schedule Award Winning, Irish developer, Cosgrave Developments have been at the forefront of delivering lower carbon standards ahead of regulation – why is this, what are the challenges & obstacles? Mick Cosgrave will present this session.

If you came to the first low carbon event, you’ll remember the presentation about the Space Hus low carbon development in Blyth. The first tenants moved into their new homes in January 2015; find out what has happened now that the concept has become an occupied terrace. ‘Deep Retrofit’ The Centre for Refurbishment Excellence and Sustainable Homes will present on retrofitting existing housing stock, the other area where real carbon savings will come from. They’ll outline the scale and depth of the challenge, but will also look at how you can build your capability. Booking Spaces at this event are limited. To reserve your place please email info@zerocarbonhub.org using the subject line  ‘Low Energy Newcastle’.

More information on the presentations and workshops throughout the event can be found online at www.zerocarbonhub.org