Thursday 11th February Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.
Last Friday afternoon was First Friday Club which was held at the Crowne Plaza in the Stephenson Quarter in association with Watson Burton. There was a great turnout and it was lovely to catch up with so many of you. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for First Friday Club then please contact Leanne.

On Friday evening I was a guest of CIBSE North East at their Annual Dinner at Newcastle Civic Centre. This year’s theme was going back in time to 1986 and the start of CIBSE in their previous form as the IHVE. What a fabulous night it was and I would like to thank Gerard Hosford, Chair of CIBSE NE and his committee for their wonderful hospitality.

On Tuesday evening Leanne and I attended the CIBSE North East ‘Collaborative Working and BS11000’ event at The Sandman Signature hotel in Newcastle. Bill Taylor from Institute for Collaborative Working gave an informative presentation on how to work more collaboratively and an overview of the BS11000 which is soon to become an ISO.

Yesterday morning, we held the first Club event of 2016 in conjunction with ORCA-LGS and looked at the future of Light Gauge Steel. Jon Watson of ORCA gave a great presentation on the benefits of using Light Gauge Steel followed by so case studies. If you would like a copy of the presentation or further information then please let us know.

Next week we have one event taking place on Tuesday evening. This is a G4C event ‘how to become a good leader and what makes someone a good leader’ delivered by Dave Stitt of DSA Building Performance. There are only a few spaces left so please contact Leanne if you would like to attend. The next G4C event after this will be held on March 22nd looking at the current demands of the industry which includes BIM and cloud computing. Further details are below and on our website.

We are delighted to announce Elliott Associates has kindly sponsored the Trainee of the Year category in our G4C NE Awards 2016. The judging process is well underway and we will be announcing the shortlist very soon so please keep your eyes peeled for news!

We are also delighted to welcome Atlas Cloud and Newcastle College to the North East Club and will look forward to seeing them at events shortly.
Best wishes

How to be a good leader & what makes one? 

Date: 16th February 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Offices of Watson Burton, Newcastle upon Tyne  
Cost: £10+VAT

As future leaders of the industry have you given much thought to what being a leader will be like in 2025 and beyond?

Have you given thought about your leadership or how you would like to improve on your leadership skills then this event for young professionals in the construction industry will explore:
- Difference between leadership and management and styles of leadership -  How to effect leadership at junior through to senior career stages and the challenges faced in the construction industry, present and future and how they might be addressed by different styles of leadership
To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or
Payment Terms, purpose and effect of certificates and notices

Date: 24th February 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 conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East will be offering a series of Breakfast Seminars during 2016. Each seminar will cover a subject or subjects as part of the overall theme of "Construction Law – key issues for commercial managers".

The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office and this one is entitled Payment Terms, Purpose and Effect of Certificates and notices.

For further information please go to our website or to book contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or This seminar will be worth 1 hours CPD. 
Construction Legal Update Seminar
Date: Thursday 3rd March 2016
Timings: 8.30am – 10.00am      
Venue: Claxton Suite, Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard Park
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

This seminar is principally for contractors, subcontractors and consultants on three topics central to the outcome of projects in the construction industry– payment, extensions of time and claims. If nothing else, a useful refresher. The seminar will cover three key topics within the industry at present.
Payment – Vikki Pounder, Associate, DAC Beachcroft
Time – Roddy Gordon, Partner, DAC Beachcroft
Loss and expense - Warren Kemp, Partner, DAC Beachcroft

To book a place for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or
“I’ll See You In Court” – Understanding the Litigation Process
Date: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
Time: 8.00am – 9.45am  
Venue: Offices of Sintons Law, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4DB
Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Sintons Law’s Kevin Anderson (Construction & Engineering Team) will discuss what happens during a construction court case (known as litigation). The discussion will provide an understanding of the entire litigation process. 
With this introductory guide to the litigation process, you will at least be armed to understand what the process shall entail should you ever find yourself involved in a court case, be that as Claimant, Defendant or any other interested party. Kevin will also outline his experiences of situations that have tested the boundaries of normal court procedures.

To register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 500 7880 or
Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley  

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: The Brasserie, Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce March’s sponsor is Muckle LLP. This relaxed and informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with built environment professionals from the Tees Valley area. 

About our sponsor:
Muckle LLP is now the biggest commercial law firm that is based solely in, and intently focused on, the North East. Our stated aim is to be the number one law firm in the North East for business.
Legal 500 states that we have ‘few peers in the region' and clients are able to ‘rely upon its advice without question.' Muckle Construction continues to go from strength to strength by looking after clients and delivering in ways that suits them. Everything we do is geared towards ensuring that our clients genuinely enjoy working with us.

If you would like to register please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or
Current demands of the industry

Date: 22nd March 2016
Time: 8.30am – 12.00noon
Venue: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £10+VAT G4C Members, £20+VAT CENE Members, £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Generation4Change North East are delighted to invite you along to their next CPD event which will discuss the current demands of the industry such as BIM within your business, Your role in relation to BIM, Case study examples of BIM in housing and more, advantages and disadvantages as well as advice on supporting other organisations.

We so far have the following organisations presenting:
- Nick Craggs, Space Group will share his experiences regarding Space's journey towards Level 2 BIM compotency
- Esh Group
- Peter Watson, Atlas Cloud will look at BIM in the cloud, System integration, Supplychain and the future and Federated BIM
- Laura Brown, Bowmer & Kirkland will discuss BIM in Practice and the reality of delivery
- Natacha Redon, Identity Consult presents on the whole facilities management side of things and its limitations which will include the client

If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or 
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

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
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.

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!
Introduction to Principal Designer role

Date: 15th March 2016
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £150+VAT

CDM2015 Are you confident about your new Principal Designer role?

This one-day, interactive, introductory course will equip delegates with the knowledge and understanding to undertake the new CDM2015 Principal Designer role on small and medium sized projects.

The course is presented by the RIBA's Specialist Practice Consultant on CDM (and former Deputy Chief Executive of APS), James Ritchie, and will give delegates a definitive understanding of the Regulations and how to discharge their duties in a practical and proportionate manner. Ifyou would prefer to have the course presented in your office please contact us to discuss the options available.

Alternatively this course is also being run over two half days for those who prefer not to have a whole day out of the office: Two half days–10th and11th March 2016 The Beacon,Westgate Road,Newcastle upon Tyne £200+VAT (cost includes course material,certification and tea/coffee)

To find out more and book please go to Email: Call: 07785 915687
Fire Safety Open Day

Date: 2nd March 2016
Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue CIC, Bowburn Ind Est, Co. Durham

County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue CIC would like to invite you along to their Fire Safety Open Day on March 2nd at their new training facilities in Bowburn.

There will be a range of seminars including:
- Introduction to Fire Risk Assessments
- Introduction to NEBOSH and IOSH
- Fire Safety in the Workplace
- Fire Investigation Demonstration

There will also be training centre tours taking place throughout the day along with demonstrations from Tyco with their latest fire products and solutions including the Zettle profile fire panel utilising MZX technology.

To book a seminar or to attend please email
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