Thursday 24th March 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday evening Leanne and I attended the CIOB North East Annual Dinner at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park with guest speakers CIOB Vice President Rebecca Thompson and television journalist John Sergeant. We would like to thank our guests for their company as a wonderful evening was had by all! I would especially thank Phill Beaumont, Chair of CIOB North East along with Branch Manager Nikki Silcock for their kind invitation and a thoroughly enjoyable time. Overall around £7,000 was raised for Cash for Kids which was absolutely fantastic!

On Tuesday morning we held the Generation4Change North East ‘Current Demands of the Industry’ seminar at Tyneside Cinema with a fine array of speakers each focussing on their experiences and journeys towards implementing BIM into their organisations. I would like to thank Michael Pittuck, Esh Group; Laura Brown, Bowmer & Kirkland; Dave Monswhite, Turner & Townsend; Natacha Redon, Identity Consult and Nick Craggs, Space Group for all of their brilliant and insightful presentations. I would also like to thank Natalie Keyes, Chair of G4C NE for chairing this event. If you would like further information on how to become more involved with G4C please speak with Leanne.

Also on Tuesday I was in London for the Constructing Excellence Board meeting to discuss the organisations future plans. It will be good to see these roll out in the forthcoming months.

Yesterday Leanne and I attended NCT Skills to find out more about their Joint Enterprise Forces - Construction Employability Pathway and we hope to share more of this with you in the near future.
This morning I have been to a meeting on the development of new HE courses in the FE sector again we hope to bring more of this to you soon.

This afternoon Leanne and I are attending Portland Consulting Engineer’s Easter Reception at Tiger Hornsby and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Next week will be a busy one with the run up to the G4C North East Awards on Friday 1st April and we would like to wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck!

Due to the Easter Break the CENE 2016 Awards shortlist will be now announced next week.

Finally, I would like to wish you all an egg-cellent Easter Break. I for one are certainly looking forward to the few eggstra days off!

Best wishes

First Friday Club 

Date: 1st April 2016 
Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm 
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to invite you First Friday Club on Friday 1st April 2016. 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.

The event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA.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 register please go to
**Last chance to book**

G4C North East 2016 Awards

Date: Friday 1st April 2016
Time: 7.00pm – 12.30am
Venue: Hilton NewcastleGateshead, Bottle Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £45+VAT

** Already sold over 260 tickets** 

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 which 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!

To book your tickets please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Money Claims and Causation

Date: 5th April 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am 
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)

DAC Beachcroft in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East will be offering a series of Breakfast Seminars during 2016. The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office and this one is entitled ‘Money Claims and Causation’.

Roddy Gordon, Partner of Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will take a look at the following: 
- The principles on which damages area awarded
- Consequential loss
- Mitigation
- Recovery of loss of profits and goodwill and wasted expenditure
- Interest
- Increased prelims
- 'Hudson formula'
- Global claims
- Defective work
- Inconvenience, discomfort and distress
- "But for" test
- Burden of proof
- Concurrent causes

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Construction Clients Group 
Date: 6th April 2016
Time: 8.30 – 11.00
Venue: e.volve Business Centre, Cygnet Way,
Rainton Bridge South Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5QY

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be launching the region’s own Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) and would be delighted if you would attend the launch event on Wednesday 6th April at the e.volve business centre at Rainton Bridge.

The Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) is at the heart of Constructing Excellence as the body for all public and private sector clients’ to improve the value for money they get. It is the only dedicated client body combining public and private sector clients promoting best practice and industry improvements.

Speakers for the launch include
- Clive Johnson, Chair of CE CCG National and Group Head of Health & Safety for Head of Land Securities
- Gren Tipper, CEO for CCG
- John McGovern, Chair of CENE and Head of Asset Delivery for Northumbrian Water Group.
The aim of the CCG is to
·         Enable clients to get better value from construction procurement
·         Provide a learning and sharing network for clients
·         Promote best practice and industry improvement
·         Influence government policy and forthcoming legislation
·         Provide a collective client voice in key representative groups for private and public sector clients and client representatives
·         To increase client competence in the procurement of built assets

To register a place please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or email
Getting paid in the Construction Industry – Key Issues and
Is It Easy Money? – The rise of the Smash & Grab Adjudication

Date: 13th April 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson, St Ann’s Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: FREE to CENE Members, £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Bond Dickinson are delighted to bring you this morning briefing on the rise of the ‘Smash and Grab Adjudications’.

The seminar will cover:  
  • Tales from the Battlefield – An Adjudicator’s perspective on payment notice obligations, presenting your case to the Adjudicator.
  • Payment Notice Opportunities and Pitfalls - Review of rights to interim payment and protecting your position on overstated applications
  • Latest Smash & Grab adjudication case law – Where are we now?
  • What to watch out for - Practical advice on prompt payment, payment notices, pay less notices and applications 
Andrew Clough FCIArb, Managing Associate, Bond Dickinson LLP
Len Bunton FRICS FCIArb, Consultant, Hardies DRSS

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
BIM – The Legal Aspects
Date: 20th April 2016
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson LLP, St Ann’s Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

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 Bond Dickinson’s Construction department will provide a practical overview of BIM from a legal perspective.

Simon Lewis, Partner at Bond Dickinson in Newcastle has been involved with the development of BIM and related topics for a number of years and has written and lectured extensively on BIM issues will discuss:
-What is BIM?
-Why bother?
-Level 2 and Level 3
-The contractual framework
-What happens next?  

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
CENE Conference 

Date: 10th May 2016 
Time: 8.30am - 12.30pm 
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel 

Further details about this half day conference will be available shortly! 
CENE Twenty Sixteen Awards  
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.

** Please reserve or book your table now to avoid disappointment as we have already sold over 350 tickets**

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!

For a fifth consecutive year we are delighted to announce Corepeople Recruitment are headline sponsor. Ian Storer, Director Corepeople Recruitment said:
“The Constructing Excellence Awards have built a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North East construction sector. It is a fantastic event for celebrating what is good about our industry, and we are delighted to be associated with this prestigious event.”
To avoid disappointment please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or to book your tickets now!
Summer Networking & Canapes

Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016 
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue:The Balcony, Sintons Law, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Further details will be available shortly! 
NEBOSH  National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety 

Start Date 20th April 2016 (Day Release on Wednesday’s x 14weeks)
Cost: £1200 + vat per person 
The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is established as a leading health and safety ward for the construction industry, with over 12,000 successful candidates since 1989. 
The NEBOSH National Construction Certificate is chosen by many larger construction organisations as a key part of their supervisory or management development programme. This qualification will also help smaller companies meet the requirements of clients and Principal Contractors.   

Who Should Attend: 
The NEBOSH National Construction Certificate is aimed at Supervisors, Managers and those with a role under the Construction Design and Management regulations 2015 within the construction industry who are required to ensure that activities under their control are undertaken safely.  It will also prove useful for those whose career is within the management of buildings who may need to ensure that contractors are working safely. Other industries such as utilities where temporary works are used also find this qualification appropriate. 
This course is invaluable to persons who are looking to further their career in H&S within the construction industry. 

This includes examination costs, certification and refreshments.  If you would like to book a place on this course please email and we will then forward you a booking form.

**When booking please state you received this invite from CENE**
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