Thursday 18th February Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Thursday evening I was a guest of the Lord’s and Lady Taverners at their Wine Tasting evening with special guest Justin Urqhuart-Stewart. I had a brilliant evening and would like to thank Sophie Lacey, Chair of the Lady Taverners and Jamie Graham, Chair of the Lord’s Taverners for their very kind hospitality.

On Tuesday morning Leanne attended the monthly CECA North East and Watson Burton breakfast briefing on how to submit a quotation. This was delivered by Sarah Wilson, partner at Watson Burton and again it was a full house at the Durham County Cricket Club. The next one is on Tuesday March 15th and further details are below.

Then in the evening it was the G4C North East ‘What makes a good leader and how to become one?’ David Stitt, performance coach from DSA Building Performance delivered a very interactive workshop on the skills and attributes required to become a good leader. I would like to thank Dave for a fantastic session and Watson Burton for hosting the event. The next G4C event is taking place on March 22nd at the Tyneside Cinema looking at the current demands of the industry which will include talks from Atlas Cloud, Space Architecture, Turner & Townsend, Esh Group, Identity Consult and Bowmer & Kirland. Details of the event and booking procedure are below and online.

Next week we have one event taking place on Wednesday morning in association with DAC Beachcroft at their offices in Newcastle. Roddy Gordon, partner in Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will discuss payments terms, notices and certificates. If you haven’t yet booked we do still have a few places remaining so please check out the details in this newsletter.

We are delighted to have announced our shortlist for the G4C North East 2016 Awards earlier this week and if you haven’t already seen this please go to our website for details on those exceptional shortlisted candidates. The Awards ceremony is taking place on Friday 1st April and we have already sold just over 200 tickets but still have some places remaining if you’d like to join us for an evening which will be truly inspirational!

One final thing is our CENE 2016 Awards, there is only just over a week to enter (remember gentleman, this is a day you will not forget, Monday 29th February as it only comes every four years!). If you haven’t already yet thought about how your project is special or nominating that above and beyond client or individual, then please check out our website for details on the categories and how to enter. If you have any questions, please speak to me or Leanne about your entry.

Best wishes

Construction Company Inspires Change

Esh Construction has received national recognition for its work to inspire young people and give them employability skills. At a prestigious event at the Houses of Parliament, Esh Construction won the CECA Inspiring Change in Education Award for its Building My Skills programme, which provides structured employability skills to students across northern England.
The award winning initiative provided employability skills in 74 schools across three geographical areas to over 9,320 students ,totalling 49,396 learner hours in the last academic year. The scheme has gathered a host of awards, including a National Schools Partnership Award from Business in the Community and recognition from the Prince of Wales.
Commenting on the award Stephen Wilkie, Regional Managing Director of Esh Construction North East said: “This award is great recognition for the hard work the team at Esh, and the many businesses who support the programme with their time. Building My Skills provides young people with an invaluable insight into the workplace and helps to develop the key skills they will need to thrive.”
The award ceremony was held at the Houses of Parliament and hosted by Mims Davis MP. CECA aims to recognise and promote best practice in promoting fairness, inclusion and respect in the workplace, education and the wider community.
Building My Skills brings together more than 110 businesses from different sectors to work with Year 10 students over the course of an entire academic year. The programme has no cost to schools, clients or local authorities and promotes a range of job roles in different sectors.
Court of Appeal provides guidance on FIDIC provisions for “unforeseeable physical conditions”

In the case of Obrascon v Attorney General for Gibraltar [2015] 160 ConLR Court of Appeal, Obrascon discovered site contamination and applied for an extension of time and further payment on the grounds of unforeseeable physical conditions (clause 4.12, FIDIC).  The Government of Gibraltar countered by giving notice to terminate on the grounds of Obrascon’s failure to proceed with the works with due expedition and without delay (clause 15.2).
The Court of Appeal held:
  1. Clauses 1.1. and 4.12 of FIDIC require the contractor to make its assessment independent of the available information and to draw upon its own expertise and experience, not someone else’s interpretation of the data.  Although the information supplied by Gibraltar was inadequate, Obrascon was not entitled to rely upon it and therefore no extension was due.
  2. On the other hand Obrascon had basically done very little on the site for 6 months because of these ground condition problems and that was a serious breach of clause 8 of FIDIC giving rise to a right to determine under clause 15.2.  The Employer won.
This case is bound to worry civils contractors everywhere, and potentially increase the cost of tendering, if they are not able to rely upon the information the employer supplies at the tender stage.  The tenderer should consider asking the employer to warrant the information supplied so that he can rely upon it.
For more information, help or advice please contact Rob Langley on 0191 211 7975 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

Further information about what the topics will look at is available on our website or 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
- Dave Monswhite, Turner & Townsend 

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
Construction Clients Group 

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2016 
Time: 8.30am registration - 11.00am 
Venue: E-Volve Business Centre, Cygnet Way, Rainton Bridge South Business Park, DH4 5QY 

Further information will be available soon. We have Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health & Safety attending as well as our Chair John McGovern of Northumbrian Water Group. 

If you would like further information, please contact Catriona Lingwood 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!
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
Breathing Buildings, Natural Ventilation

Date: 17th May 2016
Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue: TBC, Newcastle
Cost: £62+VAT RIBA/CIAT Member, £89+VAT Non Member, £15+VAT RIBA Student Member, £49.60+VAT CPD Club Member

This seminar will start with an introduction to the use of enrrgy in buildings and critically explore the differences in the energy consumption arising from different ventilation strategies. You will learn when more traditional mechanical ventilation heat recovery systsems should be used, and more importantly when alternative systems are more efficient. The tipping point for the optimal system depends on a number of factors including internal heat gain, minimum ventilation requirements and the climate for the building in question. You will learn how to discern which type of system is most appropriate for their building.

The seminar will discuss the different types of natural ventilation strategy, and why certain types of stretgy should be used in warmer weather and other strategries should be used in colder conditions.
The seminar will then move onto a series of case studies where buildings have been deisgned, delivered and monitored. Comparing the predictions with findings in practice and learn some of the principles behind good design.

Speaker: Dr Shaun Fitzgerald FREng, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Sustainable Buildings.

To book please contact Kate Sankey on
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