Thursday 14th July Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday afternoon Leanne and I were guests of Muckle LLP at their Afternoon Tea Party where we also got to watch the men’s Wimbledon semi-finals, which as you know were very exciting. We had a fabulous afternoon and would like to thank Muckle LLP for their wonderful hospitality.

This week Leanne and I have been busy out and about seeing a few new Club Members along with catching up with many of our current Members. It has been great to see and hear what everyone is up to. We have also been confirming some of our speakers for the Construction Summit in September, which looks to be a fantastic programme so far, details of this will be announced shortly.

Yesterday we held our annual Clay Pigeon Shoot in association with Forum for the Built Environment at Bywell Grange Shooting Ground in Northumberland. Everyone had a great morning followed by a delicious lunch at the Northumberland Arms. Well done to Jan Rzedzian of Hay & Kilner Solicitors for winning this year’s competition and thank you to Graham Booth, Regional Director FBE, for organising another great event.

This morning we held the Wonder Challenge Final at Northumbria University. This year the schools were given the challenge to create a construction company, research construction careers and develop a project on a brownfield site. We were delighted to award the prize money, kindly sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation, to Joseph Swan Academy School. We are currently looking at the 2017 Challenge to fit around one day instead of over a few months and details about this will be announced by September.

This evening is the final in the series of G4C and DAC Beachcroft CPD seminars in Newcastle. This seminar looked at getting your contract right and understanding the basics. I would like to thank Stephen McLellan, Associate, for another great session and to DAC Beachcroft for sponsoring the drinks reception.

Tomorrow Leanne and I are off to Newport for the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards at the Celtic Manor Resort and would like to wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck. This is the last Regional Awards for Constructing Excellence which lead on to the National Final taking place on November 4th in London, please see below for details on how to book your tickets for this prestigious event.

Places are filling up now for the forthcoming Foundation Charity Race Day on August 12th at Newcastle Racecourse which will also feature former Newcastle and Sunderland players, the broadcasting of BBC Radio Total Sport programme and we are delighted that Lady Elsie, Sir Bobby Robson’s widow will be gracing us with her presence on the day. Make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic event and book your tickets now!

Best wishes

CIC Wonder Challenge – Final

The Construction Industry Council North East Wonder Challenge Final winner was revealed earlier this morning at Northumbria University. Schools from across the North East were given the opportunity to work together as a mini construction company, looking to win the contract to redevelop a chosen ‘brownfield’ area of land. The schools were asked to prepare a bid for the development of a Sustainable housing project for their community looking at community engagement, benefits of bringing a new building to this specific site, costs, planning as well as researching into new technologies and innovation.

The scheme is mainly a link to the huge and diverse construction industry but it also involves team work, graphic design, presentation skills and report production.

We were delighted with this year’s response and thanks to all the schools, judges and companies who supported the challenge. We would especially like to thank the Northern Counties Builders Federation for providing the winning schools with vouchers and monetary prize.

The winning school was Joseph Swan Academy with their team ‘Illumina’ with second prize going to ‘Revive’ at Nunthorpe Academy and the third prize going to 'Padua' Construction at St Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy.

Non-Performance – Liability

Date: Thursday 21st July 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. 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 'Non-Performance – liability, making good defects and excuses/exclusions for non-performance’.
This will cover:-
Quality and fitness of materials - Quality and fitness of workmanship
Reasonable fitness for habitation - Liability for design (to client)
Liability for design (to third parties) - Defects Liability Period
Duty to Mitigate - Excluding Liability

To register please contact Lauren Proctor 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. 

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
End of Summer BBQ

Date: Thursday 15th September 2016  
Time: 5.30pm – late
Venue: The Bridge Tavern, 7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3UF
Cost: £10 + VAT per head

Back to work blues?

Generation4Change North East in conjunction with RTPI Young Planners for a second year running are holding an end of summer BBQ at The Bridge Tavern on Thursday 15th September to take away those blues whilst also networking with built environment professionals.

All are welcome, price includes BBQ and a drink on arrival.

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 500 7880 or

**Please note payment is to be made prior to the event date and can be paid via Paypal**
Auckland Castle - Site Visit 

Date: 19th September 2016 
Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue: Auckland Castle 

Details about this site visit will be available shortly 
Construction Summit

Date: 20th September 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm followed by drinks reception
Venue: Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, NE3 5HN
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members, £100+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy within 48 hours’ notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be holding their first Construction Summit on September 20th at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park focussing on the main areas of the Government Construction Strategy as well as the state of the region.

Our first two speakers confirmed are Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence and Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises.

We will be confirming further speakers over the coming weeks which will include case studies. Following the summit we will be holding a networking drinks reception.

Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available and if you are interested in those please speak with Leanne for further details.

To book your place at the Construction Summit please contact us on 0191 5007880 or

**National Constructing Excellence Members are entitled to 1 free place**
Health & Safety- Regulatory and sentencing update

Date: 21st September 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Co. Durham, DH1 1TD
Cost: £25+VAT CENE Members, £50+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Jacksons Law Firm and Constructing Excellence in the North East are hosting a seminar to update the construction sector on Health and Safety legislation. Topics will include key regulations which came into force on 1st February 2016, together with a general review of the last 12 months and recent developments on court sentencing.
Key Speakers

Simon Caterrall - A sharp and no nonsense advocate, Simon is regarded for his sound advice at the point of investigation and, where warranted, for his tenacious defence of HSE, Environment, Trading Standards, Food Safety and police prosecutions.
Mark Stouph has successfully implemented management systems certified to international standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and is a qualified lead auditor. Mark developed his investigation skills as a police officer then worked as a regulator with the Environment Agency where he led one of the largest investigations undertaken by the organisation into the unlawful disposal of incinerator ash.
Other speakers TBC
If you would like to register your place at this seminar, please contact Lauren Proctor at or call 0191 500 7880.
Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley  

Date: Thursday 22nd September 2016
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm   
Venue: The Brasserie, Middlesbrough

Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to bring you the Tees Valley Network. We are extremely pleased to announce this month’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.
The event will be held in Tees Valley with a light buffet and refreshments will be served.  

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 Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

If you would be interested to sponsor future Tees Valley networking events, please contact Leanne McAngus by emailing or the number above.
Staying Strong in Troubled Times
Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: TBC, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: Free to all business leaders, directors and senior management

Due to the shockwaves of the Brexit vote, confidence is at an all-time low. Whatever happens in the coming months, companies and organisations still have to deliver, and do whatever they can to make sure they emerge at the other side stronger and ready to grow.

Dave Stitt of DSA Building Performance will be running a free two hour workshop in Newcastle on September 28th entitled “Staying Strong in Troubled Times” which will be available to business and organisational leaders.

Dave will be sharing his system, developed over 20 years, of nurturing and protecting confidence in oneself and cultivating it outward in one’s team and organisation. His approach is completely practical and participants will leave with a number of helpful take-aways and the start of a personal confidence plan.

To register your interest please email
North East Lighthouse Club Charity Golf Day

Date: 29th September 2016
Time: 12.00noon – 7.00pm
Venue: Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth, Darlington
Cost: £90+VAT (4 balls are available)

Come along to this fantastic charity golf day being supported by Constructing Excellence in the North East along with the North East committee members of the Lighthouse Club for a second year running – a construction industry charity on September 29th to held raise fund.

There will be a Shot Gun start at 12noon with breakfast rolls, tea and coffee served on arrival. 18 Holes of championship Golf, Beat the pro, Nearest the pin, longest drive and other on course competitions will be held throughout the afternoon. Then following the competition, a BBQ in the Grassholme Suite located in the Clubhouse will be served along with prize presentation and raffle.

If you would like to book a team or take an individual place (we will team you up with others) then please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or

Sponsorship opportunities are available so please enquire.
Discounted rooms available please call reservations on 01325 729999 and to reserve your golf buggy contact the golf house team on 01325 729980
Constructing Excellence National Awards
Date: Friday 4th November 2016     
Time: 7.00pm drinks reception, 7.30pm dinner, 12.00am Carriages

Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel, London   
Cost: £185+VAT individual / £1110.00+VAT Table of 6 (tables of 12 can be requested)

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be supporting our National office for a fifth consecutive year preparing the Constructing Excellence National Awards. Now in their tenth year, these prestigious Awards seen as one of the highlights of the industry’s calendar will be attended by over 450 built environment professionals from across the UK.

These awards are part of a national programme of nine regional awards covering England and Wales. The 2016 winners at regional level go forward to the National final to be recognised as the CE champions of excellence for the year from categories such as Integration & Collaborative working, Sustainability, Young Achiever (G4C) and Health & Safety.

Following the Awards, those winners are invited to a special reception in the Houses of Parliament to showcase their achievement and to represent the best of our sector to MPs, members of the House of Lords, and movers and shakers in our industry.

This event is a great opportunity for companies that wish to be seen as proactively supporting and leading innovation within the Built Environment and information on sponsorship can be requested from Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) or on the National website.

To book your tickets please request a booking form from Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or (This year tickets will be sent electronically to ensure you/yours guests receive those prior to the Awards dinner.)

The shortlist will be available to view shortly.  
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