Thursday 23rd June Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Thursday afternoon Leanne and I attended the GentooTolent Euro 2016 event at TigerHornsby in Newcastle and it was great to see so many of you there to cheer on England and Wales. I would like to thank GentooTolent for their kind invitation and hospitality.

On Friday evening the CENE team were guests at The Works Tenth Birthday Celebration at Ramside Hall Hotel and what a night we had! We would like to thank The Works for inviting us and wish them every success for the future.

This week has been pretty busy looking at our schedule of events for the autumn which we are delighted to announce we will be holding a Construction Summit on September 20th with two key speakers already confirmed which are Richard Waterhouse of NBS and Don Ward for Constructing Excellence. We will be announcing further speakers shortly and we do have a few sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available, so if you are interested in those please contact Leanne.

On Tuesday evening we held the second in the series of G4C and DAC Beachcroft seminars with this one looking at ‘Resolving Disputes’. Stephen McLellan, Associate at DAC Beachcroft discussed the issues surrounding disputes, how to avoid and the process of going through a dispute. We would like to thank Stephen for his excellent presentation and DAC Beachcroft for their hospitality. The third and final seminar is being held on Thursday 14th July with further details below.

This morning was the Constructing Excellence North East Club event which were held at the offices of Ward Hadaway. This event covered Asset Management with speakers Tom Cudmore from the CE National Asset Management group who spoke about the Whole Life Cycle project. Our second speaker Richard Farrey of Silverstone Building Consultancy looked at building acquisition surveys and statutory compliance issues. Finally Michael Anderson of Esh Facilities looked at the facilities management side of a project and the handover and planning. The event was brilliant and we would like to thank all three speakers for their contributions. If you were unable to attend but would like a copy of the presentation, please contact Leanne.

Next week is another busy week for the CENE Team, with Leanne and I in London and Leeds. On Monday I have a meeting with our Constructing Excellence Regions to discuss the themes and topics that Constructing Excellence partners will cover in the next year. On Thursday and Friday Leanne and I will be attending our London & South East and Yorkshire & Humber Awards in London and Leeds and would like to wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck!
Please don’t forget we have lots going on including a couple of social events which include our fantastic Raceday and Charity Golf Day so please see below for further details.

Best wishes


Non-Performance – Liability

Date: Tuesday 5th 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 & Insurance

To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Date: 13th July 2016
Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm
Venue: Bywell Grange Shooting Ground
Cost: £75+VAT CENE Members, £100+VAT Non Members
(Cancellation Policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East for a third year running is delighted to be working once again with Forum for the Built Environment North East for their Annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Day on Wednesday 13th July 2016.

We will meet at the clubhouse at 9:30am for tea/biscuits followed by individual instruction, practice sessions in groups of 6 then a coffee break followed by a light-hearted ‘competition’ with prizes… you don’t get to keep the pigeon!

Lunch will be at the close by, ‘Northumberland Arms’ in the village of Felton. Cost is inclusive of instruction, guns and cartridges, tea/coffee/biscuits and an excellent mouth watering buffet lunch (drinks extra), and the opportunity to meet colleagues in the construction industry.

The event is for both beginners and those who have shot before, ladies and gentlemen… with low recoil guns where appropriate (to avoid any sore shoulders the next day).

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Getting your Contract Right – Understanding the Basics
Date: 14th July 2016  
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

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

We are pleased to offer a series of seminars for G4C on conjunction with international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP.
This 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.
This event will be held at DAC Beachcroft LLP's offices in Wellbar Central, 36 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4TD.  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
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
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

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.

Details on how to register and price will be available very soon
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 Construction2025 agenda 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

** further details about this event will be announced shortly**
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.
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
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