Entries by Grace

National Apprenticeship Week – Look Beyond

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East As I write this, businesses up and down the country are taking part in National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February) – a week for raising awareness and celebrating apprenticeships and how rewarding they can be. The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship week is […]

Elf and Safety at Christmas

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East In our industry, winter weather, such as strong winds, freezing temperatures and wet conditions all make trips and falls more likely – and more likely to be serious when they do happen. It’s more important than ever to ensure the necessary steps are […]

Construction in a Changing Climate

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Earlier this year, the UK parliament became the first in the world to declare a national climate emergency, marking a renewed sense of urgency in tacking climate change. Since then, hundreds of local authorities and organisations have acknowledged that we are in an […]

Making the most of the Skills and Training fund

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Earlier this week it was reported that not many contractors are aware of and therefore not applying for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Skills and Training Fund. The fund was introduced back in 2016 to help small and micro employers and specialist […]

Investing in Innovation

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Earlier this month, the Transforming Construction Network Plus launched a new round of funding for innovations in digital, offsite and eco-friendly technology. The programme will provide up to £600,000 for small research projects, in line with the expectations of the Industrial Strategy and […]

Responsibility in Accessibility

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East There’s been a lot of focus on inclusivity and diversity in terms of the construction workforce, but when it comes to creating inclusive and accessible buildings, it’s down to the industry to make sure this happens. Developers, designers and owners of buildings have […]

Modern Methods of Construction

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East UK Construction Week, the UK’s largest built environment event, takes place next month, with one of the themes being Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). MMC is transforming the way homes and commercial properties are built. A variety of new approaches are being adopted […]

Preparing for a No Deal Brexit

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week it was announced that the Queen had accepted the Prime Minister’s request to prorogue parliament, something which very rarely happens. For me, this just adds more uncertainty to the Brexit turmoil. Proroguing parliament means that the current parliamentary ‘session’ ends and […]

CAN to launch intelligent procurement campaign

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Following a recent workshop with its committee, Construction Alliance NorthEast (CAN) is launching a campaign to promote intelligent procurement. CAN wishes to clarify its position on what intelligent procurement means and the benefits it would deliver for the region, if adopted. CAN was […]

The Whey Aye wheel – what will it add to the North East?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week, plans were approved to build the Whey Aye wheel on Newcastle Quayside. The Whey Aye will be Europe’s tallest observation wheel, standing nearly 140m high – 5m taller than the London Eye. The original planning proposal for the wheel was for […]