Welcome to this week's e-news.

Last Friday evening I attended the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards at the Celtic Manor, Newport. Many Congratulations goes to all the winners and we will look forward to seeing them in October for the National Awards in London. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and was good to catch up with our Welsh and other regional and national colleagues.

This week Leanne and I have been confirming details for our Autumn events schedule. If there is any CPD or other activities including networking and social events please contact Leanne.

Yesterday morning Leanne and I had a meeting with Gaye and Claire from Durham Cathedral to discuss the Open Treasure Project. Building work is going well and the new exhibition area and is due to open in early 2016. We will be holding an event with Durham Cathedral in September on Open Treasure, their building works and future plans. The event will also include some LEGO building of the Durham Cathedral model. Durham Cathedral are looking for organisations to sponsor part of one of the prominent towers of the model so if you are interested please contact us for further details on how to get involved.

Tomorrow evening I am attending the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards (CE East Midlands) at the Nottingham Belfry and would like to wish the Built Environment Hub and all shortlisted entries the very best of luck.

Next week we are looking forward to attending the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference in Manchester and will to catching up with many of you there.

Best wishes


Young Architect chosen to be role model for her profession

A young Tyneside architect has been chosen as an official role model for her profession. Maral Rahmantalab, who works for xsite architecture in Newcastle, has been chosen by the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) as a role model for its recently launched initiative aimed at celebrating the diversity of all British architects.

Iranian-born Maral, the only architect to be selected from the North East, suffered discrimination in the past but now credits her dual upbringing in Iran and the UK with helping her become an architect.

After being selected for the RIBA campaign, she will be part of an ongoing commitment by the organisation to promote diversity and inclusion as well as helping to inspire a wide talent pool within the construction industry.

She said: “To be chosen is such an honour for me. I believe that everyone from a different culture or background brings has something different to contribute. Within architecture, diversity is not just about using your background to be creative it is also about being inclusive. You need to seek out differences to inspire new and successful ideas.

“I see architecture as a community, it affects me, so I want to be part of it and contribute.”

Tim Bailey, partner at xsite, congratulated Maral on her selection. He said: ““To be part of such an influential initiative and have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to our industry is a massive achievement for Maral personally.

“As a practice which openly promotes diversity throughout our own community and the work we do Maral’s appointment is also a wonderful reflection of our ethos. I’m confident that she will go on to inspire others throughout her career. “

Mr Bailey recently guided 23 architects from Sri Lanka on a two-day visit to Newcastle ahead of attending the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

Surgo Construction recruits new talent 

As one of the region’s leading construction companies continues to win new contracts and expand its team, one young lad from Blyth has been given the opportunity to start a career in construction.

Nineteen-year-old Corey Wrigglesworth is Surgo’s latest appointment as part of its continuing process of augmenting its existing team and is hopefully a further sign that the region’s construction industry has turned a corner.

Corey, who has joined Surgo as an apprentice joiner, already has first-hand experience of working with the contractor following a two-week work placement he undertook, earlier this year, on site at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, where the contractor is currently putting the finishing touches to construction of a new swimming pool and sports facility.

Now on board permanently, Corey will be gaining hands-on experience working on site at Newcastle University’s Catherine Cookson building, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. During his training, Corey will attend Northumberland College. 

Various Dates - CiTB Accredited Training Courses 

- 2 day SITE SUPERVISOR SAFETY TRAINING SCHEME (SSSTS) – 24th & 25th June (£220+vat)
- 1 day H&S AWARENESS (Site Safety Plus) – 15th or 31st July (£115+vat) 
- 1 day DIRECTORS ROLE - 14th July(£115+vat)
- 5 day SITE MANAGER SAFETY TRAINING SCHEME (SMSTS) – 2nd 9th 16th 23rd & 30th July (£480+vat)

Full day CITB courses (costs inc. fees, manuals & buffet lunch). To register for any of the above courses please contact Leanne on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

These courses will all be held at Carney Consultancy's office. 

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

Date: Tuesday 30th June 2015
Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Balcony, Offices of Sintons LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE46DB

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 simple guide to the process & improving your 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

8/07/2015 - Clay Pigeon Shooting 

Date: Wednesday 8th July 2015
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Venue: Bywell Shooting Ground (turn left off the A1 just North of Morpeth opposite the 'Airfield' windsock), Bywell Farm Cottages, Morpeth, NE65 9QQ
Cost: £75+VAT Members / £100+VAT Non Members

After the highly successful inaugural event last year The Forum for the Built Environment North East Branch in association with Constructing Excellence NE is delighted to once again warmly invite you along to their Annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Day on Wednesday 8th July.

We will meet in the Clubhouse at 9.30 am for tea / biscuits followed by individual instruction, practice sessions in groups of 6 then a coffee break followed by a light-hearted 'competition'…with prizes…you don't get to keep the pigeon!

Lunch will be at the close by, 'Northumberland Arms' in the village of Felton.

Cost is inclusive of instruction, guns and cartridges, tea/coffee/biscuits and excellent mouth-watering buffet lunch (drinks extra), and the opportunity to meet colleagues in the construction industry.

The event is for both beginners and those who have shot before, ladies and gentlemen…with low recoil guns where appropriate (to avoid any sore shoulders the next day!)

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

9/07/2015 - Collaboration & Government Soft Landings 

Date: 9th July 2015
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway, Sandgate House, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members / £100+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Words are like people – they can, and sometimes do change over time. With words can get high-jacked rather than allowed to become established through normal usage.

The cases in point are the words collaboration and the use of the phase soft landings. Collaboration on the one hand is a relatively new word that was originally associated with working with the enemy in a traitorial way.

The term soft landings has its origins in the early days of flight and was subsequently adopted into the business cycle to describe an economic shift from growth to slow-growth or even recession.

Today both have been fostered by the Construction Industry but in so doing what is their new meaning?

The best way to make sure you’re not caught-out and able to fully commit in a business venture in 2015 is to come along to this event and listen to what is presented and discussed so perhaps avoiding  being red-faced and uncomfortably stuck feeling like a square peg in a round hole in the future.

About the session:
Andrew Thomas will explain and consider both collaboration and soft landings and what they mean and are applied within Construction and the Built Environment. Looking at the policy and performance issues as well as the future of these agendas.

Govt construction strategies and 2025 strategy both state Collaboration and In Use are areas that can deliver efficiencies and are expected on Public Projects - can you afford to ignore this opportunity to learn about them both?

Your speaker: Professor Andrew Thomas, F.I.C.E., M.B.A., M.I.O.D., DILIGENTIA     

To register please contact Leanne McAngus on 01913740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

9/07/2015 - Comedy Club Evening 

Date: Thursday 9th July 2015
Time: 5.30pm til late
Venue: The Stand, Comedy Club, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £8.50 per person includes drink on arrival & a burger! (Payments for the tickets MUST be taken on the evening)

Generation 4 Change North East in association with RICS Matrics are delighted to invite you along to a fun filled evening with laughter from various acts whilst catching up with built environment professionals from the North East.

Tickets are priced at £8.50 per person and does include a burger and drink on arrival with entry to the show. We are limited at 80 people so book now to avoid disappointment!

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

11/09/2015 - Charity Golf Day 

Date: 11th September 2015
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Venue: Close House Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £90+VAT per person (enquire for a fourball)

Come along to this fantastic charity golf day being supported by Constructing Excellence in the North East along with the North East committee members of the Lighthouse Club – a construction industry charity on September 11th to help raise funds.

Registration with bacon butties will be available from 8.30am and see world trick shot entertainment by Kevin Carpenter. Excellent networking opportunities along with great prizes up for grabs including a £3k holiday!

To register your place or if you wish to enter a four ball please contact Leanne on 01913740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk  

18/09/2015 - NAWIC North East End of Summer Ball 

Date: Friday 18th September 2015
Time: 7.00pm till late
Venue: Beamish Hall Hotel, Co. Durham, DH9 0YB
Cost: £50 NAWIC Members / £55 Non Members, tables of 10 are available at £500

While most plan their holiday break around this time of year we are already thinking about the end of summer and planning our annual END OF SUMMER BALL

NAWIC NE invite you to book your places at the End of Summer Ball in September and join us to celebrate yet another year in our usual style. This year's charity will be the Children's Heart Unit Fund, another worthy cause!

Tickets seem to go faster each year we host this so please get booking now to avoid disappointment. This year we will be returning to the Beamish Hall in Durham by popular demand.

Dress code: Black tie for the gents, ladies….you know what to do!

Book early to avoid disappointment, please RSVP to Leanne McAngus on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk 

As always we would appreciate any form of sponsorship for this event. Without exception, each year has been well supported and we have been able to donate generously to the elected charity for that year. Contact Leanne for further details.

23/10/15 - Constructing Excellence National Awards Dinner 

Date: Friday 23rd October 2015    
Time: 7.00pm drinks reception, 7.30pm Start, 12.00am Carriages 
Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, London   
Cost: £175+VAT individual / £1,050+VAT Table of 6 (tables of 10/12 can be requested)

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be supporting our National office for a fourth year in a row preparing this year’s National Awards. Now in their ninth year, these prestigious Awards seen as one of the highlights of the industry’s calendar will be attended by over 450 built environment professionals from across the UK.

Throughout the year, regional Constructing Excellence Awards have been held across the country and this finale event will recognise the overall winners from categories such as Integration & Collaborative working, Sustainability, Young Achiever (G4C) and Health & Safety with this year’s new award BIM Project of the Year.

This event is a great opportunity for companies that wish to be seen as proactively supporting and leading innovation within the Built Environment and information on sponsorship can be requested from Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) or on the National website.

To book your tickets please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk. (This year tickets will be sent electronically to ensure you/yours guests receive those prior to the Awards dinner.)

Would your organisation like to be seen as sponsoring at this prestigious Awards dinner, contact Leanne for package details and benefits! 

29/10/15 - Quiz Night....Returns! 

Date: Thursday 29th October 2015
Time: 6.45pm registration, 7.15pm start, 10.30pm Close
Venue: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Parking: Times Square Multi Storey Car Park
Cost: £50+VAT per team of 5 (teams should consist of no more than 5)

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be once again holding their charity quiz night on Thursday 29th October 2015 at The Centre for Life and we would be happy if you would be able to join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of themed rounds to test everyone’s ability.

Registration is 6.45pm for a 7.15pm prompt start, the quiz is due to finish at 10.30pm with carriages at 11.15pm. A traditional “pie and peas” supper will be served during the evening. Mobile phones and encyclopaedias are prohibited during the quiz.

To book your team please contact Leanne McAngusatleanne@cene.org.ukor call 0191 374 0233.

There will be a raffle held during the evening and would appreciate your support with donations. If you would like to donate a prize please email Leanne. (Your logo will be displayed on the quiz guest list on the evening)

There is no objection to entering more than one team so please encourage your clients and work colleagues to join in!