Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday Leanne and her counterparts from Yorkshire & Humber spent the day together sharing ideas about Constructing Excellence events and the Awards before heading into Durham City to view the castle and cathedral. They all had a great day and even contributed to the Durham Cathedral lego project which I have to say is looking amazing – I can’t wait to see it finished!

This week I am pleased to announce we have finally completed our new website and it is now live! The web address is www.cene.org.uk so please check it out and let us know what you think! Leanne is still currently uploading the forthcoming events and news articles so please bear with us a few days whilst we get everything sorted. However, we’ve included all of our forthcoming events below so that you have access to them in the interim. if there are any events you wish to attend they are all listed below.

Our next event is on Thursday 16th April in association with DAC Beachcroft employment department, where Sarah George and her team will look at the effect immigration in the UK has had on the construction industry, implications and compliance. If you wish to register please contact Leanne.

The following day we will be holding two events. On the morning of the 17th April, we are holding an Election debate in association with Construction Industry Council North East discussing how the nearing election will affect construction in the North East. We have confirmed Lord Shipley, Guy Opperman and Nick Brown as speakers and I’m looking forward to hearing what they have to say. In the afternoon we have been commissioned by Transport for London to host a meet the buyer so they can discuss how organisations can get onto the London Underground supply chain and what work is currently available. Both events will be held at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel and details are below.

I am currently out of the office for the next few weeks on compassionate leave, however, Leanne is holding the fort so if you need anything please contact the office.

Best wishes



16/04/2015 - Immigration Impact in the Industry 

Date: Thursday 16 April 2015
Time 8.30am – 10.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft LLP, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members / £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with DAC Beachcroft are pleased to invite you along to this briefing to discuss immigration and the impact this has on the Construction industry.

DAC Beachcroft's specialist Business Immigration Unit will provide delegates with an overview of the UK's existing immigration regime and will advise of the potential implications of non-compliance with immigration legislation– for example, suspension of construction where illegal workers are found to be engaged on the project. We will conclude with some 'top tips' for ensuring compliance with Immigration law, to avoid such risks.

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

17/04/2015 - North East Role in the Northern Powerhouse: Building a Sustainable Future for the NE 

Date: 17th April 2015
Time: 8.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, NE3 5HN
Cost: Free

The Construction Industry Council kindly supported by CENE, RIBA North East, ICE North East and CIOB North East would like to invite you along to this Question Time event to engage with three local politicians to demonstrate the power of the Construction Industry in the North East.

The areas the politicians will be looking at are: Housing, Infrastructure, Making Better Places, Capacity & Skills.

The panel of local MP’s will be chaired by Graham Robb, Recognition PR and we are delighted to have the following:
- Nick Brown MP, Labour for Newcastle East
- Lord Shipley OBE, Liberal Democrat
- Representative from Conservative party 

** Further speakers will be announced very soon ** 

If you would like to register for this event please register using the eventbrite link here - https://eventbrite.com/event/16203850152/  or if you have any questions please contact Leanne on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

If you are on Twitter and would like to send any questions through please use the hashtag #NESustainablefuture

To follow us on Twitter please do so - @ConExcellence, @RIBANorthEast, @ICE_NE, @CIOBNorthEast and @CICtweet 

17/04/2015 - London Underground and Rail Meet the Buyer 

Date: Friday 17th April 2015
Time: 11.30am – 2.00pm
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, Gosforth, NE3 5HN
Cost: FREE

With London’s population expected to reach 10m by 2031, there is a major programme of investment underway to improve safety and reliability, maximise capacity from the existing services and to expand the network. Annual capital investment in London’s Underground and Rail network totals £1.3bn.

Have you ever wondered how to get into the London Underground and Rail Supply Chain?

Mike Brown (Managing Director) and Sarah Atkins (Commercial Director), along with other VIP guests, would like to meet you to explain how you get involved in the supply chain either as a tier 1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

There are opportunities for all companies across the UK to support the London Underground and Rail projects.

On 17 April at Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, from 11.30am learn how to access those opportunities.

“With long term certainty of funding across London Underground and Rail, we are supporting jobs across the whole of the UK. 83% of our spending is going to suppliers based outside London, supporting an estimated 14,500 jobs in the UK’s regions. This event provides us with a platform to share more information about the opportunities that are available to you.”

Mike Brown, Managing Director, London Underground and Rail (Transport for London)

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

22/04/2015 - CDM Regulations 2015 

Date: 22nd April 2015
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: The Claxton Suite, Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard Business Park, TS22 5TB
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members / £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

The CDM2015 Regulations have been consulted upon, laid before parliament and are coming into force on 6th April 2015. The time has come to stop picking over what is wrong with them and for the construction industry to get on and make them work.

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with APS (Association for Project Safety) and Jacksons Law are delighted to invite you along to hear about the changes to the CDM Regulations both legal and Health & Safety.

James Ritchie, Head of Corporate Affairs for APS will give an overview of the main changes, highlighting where there might be areas for clarification or potential difficulty and then look at ways for the industry to move forward with CDM2015 and the new role of Principal Designer

Vikki Pounder, Head of Construction & Engineering at Jacksons Law will be on hand to answer any queries you have on incorporation and effect of the CDM regulations on building contracts and professional appointments

Abdul Shaquil from DATS Drug and Alcohol Testing Services along with Stacy West from Jacksons Law Firm, will provide a brief overview of the practicalities of drug and alcohol testing in the work premises in respect of both random and for cause tests

Mark Stouph, Consultant, Jacksons Law will be discussing the benefits of having a robust inspection and audit programme in place to ensure that CDM requirements are not only in place but adhered to and embedded in working practices. 

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

30/04/2015 - Revisions to the Environmental standard ISO14001 and the Quality standard ISO9001

Date: 30th April 2015  
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Yours Business Network, Gateshead, NE11 9DJ
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members / £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with The Environmental Academy are delighted to invite you to this taster session to outline some the key changes that the upgrade will bring and offer ideas on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

The EMS standard is being revised to drive environment into business strategy, consider environmental risks to business and ensure organisations consider the life cycle implications of their actions; adoption of the revised standard by ISO is expected in spring 2015.

Organizations are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard.

After this transition period, companies that opt for third party certification will have to seek certification to the new version of the standard. The former version, ISO 14001:2004, and any certification to it, will be out of date. Suitable for any delegate who has experience implementing ISO 14001 EMS and will need to manage the transition to the updated standard.

Also in discussion will be ISO9001. The new ISO 9001 standard will be introduced in 2015 and will replace the existing 2008 version. When implemented, it will require businesses to demonstrate a greater emphasis on risk-based thinking as a basis for the management system.  There will also be more focus on achieving value for the company and its customers, increased flexibility regarding use of documentation, and a more practical approach for businesses.

Although organisations are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their quality management, this introductory session will give attendees an outline on how the changes will impact them and their company and how they can ensure the transition is effective and implemented proactively.

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

6/05/2015 - Future Leaders of the Industry 

Date: 6th May 2015
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 thought about your own style of leadership? 

We can’t know everything about the future but we can open our minds to what might be possible and try to be better prepared to take up the reigns when it happens.

In this presentation Jackie Casey, Success Train will look at what a good leader is currently, different styles and when to apply them and consider how you might prepare yourself for a future leader role.

Jackie Casey MSc is a Work Psychologist and Managing Director of Success Train Ltd. Jackie’s specialism is to work with a person and their mind-set in order to improve their performance and positive impact on the business.  Jackie grew up in the family business in the Construction industry and is passionate about the industry maintaining and improving its global reputation.

Success Train are members of Constructing Excellence and Jackie has held a number of industry voluntary roles, Officer for the Black Country Constructing Excellence Club and founding Chair of Women Working in Construction, Chair and facilitator of Construction Knowledge Exchange Innovation circles for London South Bank University and the University of Wolverhampton. Of late Jackie has also worked with Constructing Excellence on member development.

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk


7/05/2015 - Construction 2025 

Date: 7th May 2015
Time: 12.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, NE3 5HN
Cost: Free to CENE Members / £35+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

In July 2013 the Government produced the Construction 2025 industry strategy where they developed a clear and defined set of five key aspirations for UK construction. Its vision of where the industry should be by 2025 providing the core theme for this afternoon seminar hosted by Constructing Excellence in the North East with support from CIOB North East.

- People – An industry that is known for its talented and diverse workforce
- Smart – An industry that is efficient and technologically advanced
- Sustainable – An industry that leads the world in low-carbon and green construction exports
- Growth – An industry that drives growth across the entire economy
- Leadership – An industry with clear leadership from the Construction Leadership Council

By the government setting these targets for improvement by 2025 the industry will see 33% lower costs, 50% faster delivery, 50% lower emissions and 50% improvement in exports.

We are delighted to have the following speakers confirmed:

* Murray Rowden, Chair of Constructing Excellence and Director of Infrastructure for Turner & Townsend
* Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence
* Hans  Moller, Innovation Director for NE LEP and Chief Executive for Sweden’s Ideon Science Park

Further speakers will be announced shortly, however, if you wish to register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 3740233 or leanne@cene.org.uk

15/05/2015 - Stephenson Quarter Site Visit 

Date: Friday 15th May 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Entrance to Stephenson Quarter

Stephenson Quarter is a major mixed-use development in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. The site was home to the Robert Stephenson and Co. Locomotive Works, the crucible of the railway industry, where the revolutionary Rocket was built in 1829. This legacy of innovation, creativity and a 'can do' attitude are qualities that imbue the scheme today. Fine contemporary architecture, restored listed buildings, 3 acres of new public realm, an exceptional contemporary art and culture programme, great restaurants, bars and events spaces will combine to make this one of the most desirable urban locations in the UK.

Phase 1 is under construction and on schedule to be completed summer 2015.  This includes the new four star plus, 251 bed Crowne Plaza hotel, aiming to be the prime hotel for business, tourism and hospitality in the North East. With its Business Centre presenting a range of meeting rooms to accommodate up to 800, along with the bar and casual dining restaurant, various lounge and break-out areas and the spa with swimming pool, gym, steam room and treatment rooms.

The Rocket – a high specification office building providing 35,000 sq ft of Grade A space along with the 24 hour multi-storey Car Park with 360 spaces.

Hawthorn House, is an impressive, characterful, Victorian building adjacent to the Crowne Plaza, currently being modernised to create c 10,000 sq ft of excellent studio office space.

** please note this visit is for a maximum of 10 people and all will require site safety PPE – boots, high viz, glasses, hard hat and gloves ** If you do not have the full PPE you will not be able to gain access to the site.