Thursday 15th September Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.
There are only a few more days to go before the North East Construction Summit and we are looking forward to hearing from our excellent line up of speakers and seeing all our exhibitors too. To ensure you don’t miss out please see below for further information and book your place now!
I would like to thank Storm Tempest for inviting me to their launch at Barluga on Friday evening and wish them all the best for the future.
This week has been full of events, beginning with the G4C event on Monday in conjunction with RIBA, RICS and Ryder Architecture which was held at their offices in Cooper Studios. The event was about the impact Brexit would have and the opportunities for young professionals.
On Tuesday we held our ‘Social Value in Construction’ event in association with NAWIC at the offices of Thirteen Group in Middlesbrough. It was a very informative morning and we would like to thank all of the speakers including Darush Dodds from Esh Group, Samantha Granger and Susan Borrow from Thirteen Group and MK Rallings-Adams from HACT for their presentations.
Yesterday we held the next in our seminar series in with DAC Beachcroft, ‘Assignment, Novation and Termination’, thank you to Roddy Gordon for presenting and DAC Beachcroft for hosting the event. Yesterday evening I attended the ADP 50th Anniversary at Seven Stories and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.
Tonight we have our G4C End of Summer BBQ in conjunction with the RTPI Young Planners at the Bridge Tavern in Newcastle. Our G4C group are looking forward to seeing many of you there and of course the delicious food!
We have another busy week coming up, starting with our Auckland Castle Visit in conjunction with CIOB on Monday. On Tuesday as previously mentioned we are holding our prestigious North East Construction Summit at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel and are looking forward to seeing many of you there. Wednesday next week we will be holding the ‘Health and Safety – Regulatory and Sentencing Update’ in association with Jacksons Law Firm at the Ramside Hall Hotel. And finally, on Thursday we are holding our Tees Valley Networking event at the Brasserie in Middlesbrough which has kindly been sponsored by Muckle LLP. For further information on any of these events or details on how to register please see below.
Finally, I would just like to congratulate anyone who took part in last weekend’s Great North Run events and add a personal thank you to everyone who sponsored me for my GN5K Run and my ongoing Running Down Dementia 100KM for Alzheimer’s Research UK. I am delighted to announce the total raised is almost £500 thanks to your generous support.
Best wishes,

Entrepreneur opens new Training Unit
Entrepreneur, Jeremy Middleton CBE, was the guest of honour and key note speaker recently at the official opening of NCT Skills for Life’s (NCT) newest training space.
NCT, one of the region’s fastest growing training providers and of Newcastle-based PTM Group, offers construction industry training. Further to the apprenticeship training NCT provides, the forward thinking company recently launched JEF- CEP, an Armed Forces JV 12-week pre-apprenticeship training programme offering 240 young people aged 16-19 the chance to gain extra skills in communication, self-discipline and team building as well as an insight into joinery, bricklaying, plastering and roofing before embarking on a full apprenticeship. 
The organisation was keen to attract Jeremy as its speaker because of his understanding of the importance of skills training to the region. During his recent mayoral campaign plan for the region, Jeremy was committed to introducing a £1bn ‘Jobs and Investment Fund’ for the North East which sought to deliver 100,000 new jobs locally by 2024.
Businesses that he himself has set up, or supported, currently employ more than 5,000, therefore he is well aware of how important job creation is for the region.

Auckland Castle Site Visit

Date: 19th September 2016

Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NR

Cost: £5.00 on arrival

Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with CIOB north East are delighted to invite you along to see how work is progressing on the Castle...

Simon Davis - Project Manager - Auckland Castle Trust, will provide this exciting visit.

A £2.5m Welcome Centre, featuring a 95ft (29m) tower, to be built in the centre of Bishop Auckland, has been backed by Durham County Council. It will be the gateway to a proposed £17m museum at Auckland Castle - home to the Bishops of Durham for 800 years. The modern and striking structure has been designed by the internationally renowned Niall McLaughlin Architects and is being funded by the Auckland Castle Trust.

It will be sited outside the castle walls on the edge of the Market Place and incorporate a timber framed building and the tower, with an observation platform 15m up offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The Welcome Building is part of a raft of ground breaking schemes that will breathe new life into Auckland Castle and the historic market town in which it stands.

This site visit is limited to 20, to book please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

North East Construction Summit

Date: 20th September 2016
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
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 the North East’s Construction Summit on Tuesday 20th September focussing on the Governments Construction 2025 Strategy along with the recent review for 2016-2020.

The Construction 2025 strategy is at the heart of our vision at Constructing Excellence, and we seek to speed up the rate at which engaged players achieve the targets for improvement. Those targets of improvement include 33% lower costs, 50% lower emissions, 50% faster delivery and 50% improvement in exports. These particular targets will be headlined by five core themes for People, Smart, Sustainable, Growth and Leadership plus the additional ones in the 2016-2020 strategy; Client Capability, Skills and the Supply Chain and Whole-Life approaches. 

We are extremely pleased to announce our headline speakers for the day are Don Ward, Chief Executive at Constructing Excellence, Richard Waterhouse, CEO for National Building Specification and Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety at Land Securities, Tim Whitehill, Managing Director for Project Five Consulting discussing Social and Whole Life Value, Darush Dodds, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Esh Added Value and Mark Crosby, Advisor for CITB . 

The session will conclude with a panel debate chaired by Mark Thompson, Managing Partner for Ryder Architecture discussing Skills, Collaborative Working and the industry as a whole. The angle of the debate will be from a Young Professionals perspective. 

Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available and if you are interested in those please email for 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.
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 an individual space please contact
 Lauren Proctor 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
Construction Mock Trial

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £20+VAT for CENE Members / £40+VAT for Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

The Sinton’s LLP Construction team, in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East, invite you to join them for a Construction mock trial.

The evening will begin with welcome drinks and canapes at 5:30pm followed by the Construction mock trial at 6:15pm. At 7:30pm there will be an opportunity for Q & A and networking.

To register your place please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 500 7880 or
Payment and Pay Less Notices – Getting it right!

Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016
Time: 8.00am – 10.30am
Venue: Emirates International Cricket Ground, Chester-Le-Street, Co. Durham
Cost: FREE

The ‘Construction Act’ (“the Act”) requires a paying party under a ‘construction contract’ to issue Payment and Pay Less Notices. The purpose of these notices is to inform the payee of the amount he will be paid by the final date for payment and the basis on which this amount has been calculated. This enables the payee to plan his cash flow and issue similar notices downstream to his subcontractors. 

The presentation considers recent case law and standard forms of contract. It will provide a practical demonstration as to how Payment and Pay Less Notices should be drafted and a commentary as to the circumstances in which an Interim Application may be considered a Payment Notice in default.

The presentation will cover the following points:
- Timing of Payment and Pay Less Notices.
- What information must a Payment Notice and Pay Less Notice contain and in what level of detail?
- Can a Pay Less Notice be treated as a late Payment Notice?
- Can invoices be treated as a Payment Notice?
- Submission of Payment Notices when there is no change in the amount due since the last payment.
- Do Payment Notices still have to be served when the payment due dates on a payment schedule expire due to the Completion Date being delayed?
- Payment Notices and Pay Less Notices after termination and repudiation.
- Guidance on how Interim Applications should be prepared to ensure that they can be treated as a Payment Notice in default.
- Claiming legal costs for pursuing an adjudication in the event the paying party refuses to pay the amount included in an Interim Application.

To register for the above event please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or Please note that our cancellation policy is within 48 hours’ notice.
Constructing Excellence National Awards
Date: Friday 4th November 2016     
Time: 6.45pm 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.)

To view this year's shortlist please click here -  
Big Quiz Night……RETURNS!!

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016
Time: 6.45pm registration, 7.15pm start, 10.30pm Close
Venue: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: £60+VAT per team of 5 (price includes a pie & peas supper)
Generation4Change North East with the support of RIBA North East and CIBSE Young Engineers Network are delighted to be holding their annual charity quiz night on Wednesday 9th November at The Centre for Life and we would be delighted if you were able to join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of themed rounds to test everyone’s ability.

We will be raising funds for Metro Radio's Cash for Kids a North East based Charity.

Cash for Kids is a local charity, and it is our mission to support local children who are disabled, disadvantaged, sick, or suffering from abuse or neglect, from the ages of 0-18. All the funds for the charity are raised locally, and redistributed locally, to individuals, families and other charities dedicated to improving the lives of young people.
We are proud to operate an 80% contribution across the UK, with clear visibility on where the money goes and who it is helping. However, at Metro Radio Cash For Kids, our last audit in 2015 showed that our contribution was much higher, with at least 90 pence in every pound donated going directly to the children we help to support.

A raffle will be held during the evening and would appreciate your support with donations. If you would like to donate a prize please email Leanne. (Your logo will be displayed on the quiz guest list on the evening)
There is no objection to entering more than one team so please encourage your clients and work colleagues to join in! **No more than 5 in a team**.
To book your team please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or  
 1st Birthday Celebration & Networking Event

Date: Friday 30th September 2016
Time: 1pm onwards
Venue: The Powerhouse, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Middleton Street George, DL2 1HW
Cost: Free

The Durham Tees Valley Training Services would like to invite you to join their 1st birthday celebrations at the Powerhouse in Durham Tees Valley Airport. Discount training vouchers to redeem on the Durham Tees Valley Training Services Courses will be handed out. 
This exciting event will include a tour of the multi-million pound facilities and showcase the new plant simulator and CSCS touchscreens. A display of the Wacker Neusen plant will be showcased by TS Plant Ltd. Following this there will be an Armed Forces Charity raffle.
Food and refreshments will be available at the event. 
To avoid disappointment book onto the event by contacting or by calling 0800 6126799. For further information, you can visit the website at
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