Thursday 12th May 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday afternoon we held the First Friday Club in association with Watson Burton LLP at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was great to see many new faces this month and great to catch up with the rest of you. We do have some sponsorship opportunities available for the forthcoming months so if you are interested then please make contact with us to find out more.

This week Leanne and I have been out to see more of our members to see what CENE can do to further benefit their membership as well as catching up on what they are doing in the region. We will be making more visits so please bear with us whilst we try to get around you all.

This evening Leanne and Lauren are attending Jackson Law Firm’s 140th Anniversary celebratory drinks at their offices in Newcastle and they look forward to seeing everyone. Whilst I am a guest of ICE North East at their Annual Dinner and Robert Stephenson Awards at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel. I would like to wish all those who have entered good luck.

Tomorrow I am heading down to Birmingham for the Celebrating Construction Awards 2016 in conjunction with the Built Environment Hub (Constructing Excellence West Midlands), CIOB and Birmingham City Council at the ICC and again wish those all those who have been shortlisted all the very best!

Next week we have two events taking place. On Wednesday evening we have our G4C North East ‘Getting Your Contracts Right’ with Stephen McLellan of DAC Beachcroft. Stephen will explain the ins and outs of a legal construction contract followed by networking with beers provided by DAC Beachcroft. Then on Thursday morning we return to DAC Beachcroft for the next in the series which is looking at ‘Delay and Liquidated Damages’ with Partner in Construction, Roddy Gordon. If you are interested in either of the events please see below for further details or contact Lauren.

Well it’s now less than a month to go until we announce the winners of the 2016 CENE Awards at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel. We only have a few tickets remaining and they are going very quickly so please contact Leanne immediately if you wish to reserve any as we have well over 500 people attending so far.

Best wishes


Getting your Contract right – Understanding the Basics
Date: 18th May 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT

** Please forward to your Young Professionals within your organisations**

We are pleased to offer a series of seminars for G4C on conjunction with international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP.
This first seminar will look at getting contracts right at the very start of a project.  Many projects find themselves destined for problems from the outset, due to gaps or inadequacies in the contractual set-up.  This seminar will provide useful guidance on how to approach contract negotiations and will explain the basic requirements for a successful and workable contract.
The seminar will be presented by Stephen McLellan, who is an Associate in DAC Beachcroft LLP's very successful Construction and Engineering Team.
To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
Delay & Liquidated Damages

Date: 19th May 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £15+VAT CENE Members, £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

DAC Beachcroft in association with Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to bring you the next in the series of talks entitled ‘Delay & Liquidated Damages’. Roddy Gordon, Partner in the Construction & Engineering department of DAC Beachcroft will cover the three key aspects to a building or engineering contract in connection with the timing of that project, namely:

  1. The date for completion
  2. The mechanism for changing (extending) the date for completion
  3. The consequences for the parties of a failure to meet the date for completion

The subjects being addressed therefore will be:

Time for Completion, Prevention Principle, Extensions of Time, Conditions Precedent, Concurrent Delay, Consequences of failing to complete on time – liquidated damages

To register for this event please contact Lauren on 0191 5007880 or

Wildlife in Construction: The Implications and Issues 

Date: 2nd June 2016 
Time: 8.30am - 10.00am 
Venue: Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield 
Cost: £10 (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)
NAWIC North East are delighted to bring you this morning breakfast seminar looking at Wildlife in construction, the implications and how to overcome the difficulties when on a project.

The speakers will include:
• Tony Martin, Director E3 Ecology - discussing “European sites and the Habitats Regulations - implications for development”
• Jonathan Pounder - Surveyor, Durham Bat Group - How we should manage protected species within the construction industry and how they carry out their surveys.
• Terry Coult - Principal Ecologist, Durham County Council - “An overview of recent developments and legislation, with a practical case study of work between the Council and a developer to incorporate and overcome practical difficulties of wildlife conservation in new development”

To register for this event please go to  or for further details please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
Managing Construction Contracts – A Lawyer’s Guide

Date: 2nd June 2016
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Offices of DAC Beachcroft, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Cost: £10 + VAT

** please forward this invite onto your young professionals**

We are pleased to offer a series of seminars for G4C on conjunction with international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP.

This seminar will consider the management of projects from a practical perspective. In particular, it will look at the successful operation of the contract including the issuing of notices and the general implementation if its formalities. The seminar will also consider the importance of record keeping in the context of successfully pursuing or defending a claimed entitlement – aimed at avoiding disputes or otherwise best positioning your company if a dispute does arise.

The seminar will be presented by Stephen McLellan, who is an Associate in DAC Beachcroft LLP’s very successful Construction and Engineering Team.

This event will be held at DAC Beachcroft LLP’s offices. Upon arrival, please make your way to the 9th Floor where refreshments will be provided.

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

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.

** Not many places remain, contact us to book your tickets ASAP**

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 

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 5007880 or  
Foundation's Charity Race Day

Date: 12th August 2016
Time: 12:00 noon onwards
Venue: Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth
Cost: £85 + VAT per individual ticket 

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation are delighted to host a charity Raceday at Newcastle Racecourse. The 2016 Race Day takes place at Newcastle Racecourse on Friday 12th August 2016

The day is also a flagship fundraising event for both Foundations and funds raised on the day go directly to supporting the valuable activity undertaken by both organisations in the North East. The day includes a fabulous 3 course meal, Race Card, and Premier admission to the Gosforth Park Suite.
We are also joined by our expert tipster Roger Hart. Guests will enjoy a full afternoon of top class racing as part of the annual Foundation of Light and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Race day. 

BBC Radio Newcastle have also supported the event and are hosting a live show from the Gosforth Park Suite with Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC legends and pundits giving their thoughts ahead of the Premier League kick off. 

To book tickets please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

North East Children Charity hold 125th Anniversary Sandcastle Challenge
Date: 1st July & 8th July (sandcastle ball) 
Venue: Sandhaven South Shields

Cost: £50 to enter the challenge 


Children North East is the region’s oldest independent children’s charity working with children, young people and their parents whose lives are disadvantaged because of family misfortune such as poverty, divorce, eviction, imprisonment, long-term ill health and more. The Sandcastle Challenge is a way to help us raise awareness and funds for the work we do today.


Theme: From Quayside to Seaside
Teams will  research the history of the Tyne and have fun recreating their interpretation in the sand!

Schools can enter a maximum of 4 teams (15 children per team) and each school will be assigned a ‘professional’ to work alongside. They will be encouraged to visit the school prior to the event to discuss ideas around the theme and work with the children. This could be you!

The Sandcastle Challenge offers:
·         Networking opportunities
·         Team building
·         Fulfilling your CSR responsibilities
·         Supporting a good cause while promoting your brand
·         FUN at one of the best events of the year!

To enter your company in the 2016 Sandcastle Challenge please contact the team on 0191 256 2444 or


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