Thursday 22nd September Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.
With only one week until the Charity Golf Day at Rockliffe Hall there is still a chance to come along as we have a couple of four-ball teams now available. The day is being held to raise funds for the Construction Industry Charity, The Lighthouse Club and we are pleased to be supporting such a fantastic organisation that gives to those in need in the industry. We are looking for donations towards raffle prizes and if you would be interested in offering a prize or taking one of the last available team places please contact us as soon as possible.
Last Friday afternoon Leanne and I attended the Howarth Lichfield Partnership Networking and Drinks at Hatfield College, it was lovely to catch up with so many of you and to view the showcased projects. Leanne was also lucky enough to have won the Champagne Draw!
This week has been exceptionally busy for CENE, with events everyday this week so far. On Monday evening we held a joint presentation and visit to Auckland Castle with CIOB North East. It was great to hear of the future plans for the regeneration of the Bishop Auckland area and the castle and we look forward to seeing it as it progresses over the next couple of years.
On Tuesday we held the North East Construction Summit at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel and what a fantastic turnout. We would like to thank each one of our speakers for their insightful presentations on the Government’s Review of the Construction Strategy. Thanks to John McGovern, NWG for Chairing the Summit and to Don Ward, CE; Cliff Jones, Dept of Health; Richard Waterhouse, NBS; Mark Crosby, CITB; Stuart Pollard, Thames Tideway Tunnel; Tim Whitehill, Project5 and Darush Dodds, Esh Group. Our thanks also go to Mark Thompson, Ryder Architecture and NELEP Board Member, who led a ‘Question Time’ style discussion with panellists Bex Gill, Arup; Natacha Redon, Identity Consult; Clive Belfield, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff and Pete Watson, Atlas Cloud for taking interesting questions from the audience on Brexit, Procurement, Skills and ‘the voice of industry’. And finally we would like to thank all our exhibitors for their support, which included Robertson Construction, Bradley O’Mahoney, NBS, RIFT, CIOB, ICE, CITB and NAWIC. If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the presentations, please let us know.
Yesterday was our Health and Safety – Regulatory and Sentencing Update with Jacksons Law Firm at Ramside Hall. Speakers included Mark Stouph who gave the Health & Safety update and Simon Catterall who spoke on recent Sentencing and how things have changed in recent months with to the larger amounts now being fined. We would like to thank Simon and Mark for their interesting presentations and Karen Robinson of Jacksons Law for helping arrange the event. If you would like further information on either of these please contact Lauren.
This afternoon we are holding the Construction Industry Networking in the Tees Valley which has been kindly sponsored by Muckle LLP.
If you want to register for any of our upcoming events or would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.  
Best wishes,

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
First Friday Club

Date: Friday 7th October
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Hawthorn Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA
Cost: Free to attend

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to welcome you to the October First Friday Club. 

Held at the Crowne Plaza, the event will take place in the restaurant area and light refreshments will be provided.

This first Friday Club has been Sponsored by Watson Burton LLP.

Spaces are limited so reserve your place now by completing our online booking form which can be accessed through this link

For further information about October’s event or to discuss sponsorship opportunities for the First Friday Club please contact Simone Bulmer on or 0345 901 2093.


5 A Side Tournament


Date: 11th October 2016  

Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm    

Venue: Gosforth Goals, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 5HP

Cost: £65+VAT per team  

Generation4Change North East are pleased to announce the 2016 Built Environment Cup, a thrilling 5-a-side tournament.

We’re looking for professionals from across the built environment, of all ages and ability to take part in what will be a hotly contested competition including group stages, semi finals and a final. A buffet is included while there is a fully licensed bar for post match hydration, as well as a number of prizes to play for.

Entry to the tournament is just £65+VAT per team and teams are asked to provide their own strips on the day. Teams should be made up of 5 players with two subs.

To take part please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or

Dispute Resolution

Date: 12th October 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 ‘Dispute Resolution’.

Roddy Gordon, Partner of Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will cover the following topics:
- Drafting dispute resolution clauses that help avoid/defer dispute
- 'Without Prejudice' negotiations
- 'Without Prejudice Save as to Costs' offers/'Part 36 Offers'
- Pre-Action Protocols
- Mediation (how and when to use)
- Adjudication (in particular jurisdiction and natural justice issues)
- Litigation
- Arbitration

To register for this event please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 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.
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  
Factory Tour
Date: 28th & 29th September 2016
Time: 9.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm – 4.00pm (28th Afternoon session now full)
Venue: EOS Facades manufacturing facility, County Durham
Cost: Free to attend
Following the recent acquisition of EOS Facades by leading dry construction solutions company Siniat, we are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a series of CPD Factory Tour events in September 2016.
Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, EOS Facades is a leading innovator in light gauge steel construction, specialising in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of steel solutions for the Steel Framing Systems (SFS) and offsite markets.
These tours are aimed at architects, contractors and engineers as well as clients. Lunch and refreshments will be available throughout the session.
The tours will include a demonstration by the estimating team of how the EOS ‘lump sum’ quote is generated and of the EOS’ design software, followed by a tour of the factory. The tour will demonstrate the new Howick FRAMA machine plus quality control, labelling, floor coding and traceability processes. To finish the tour there will be opportunity to see the EOS / Siniat external through wall system types and samples of the finished EOS product.
The topics covered in the EOS CPD presentation will include:
Cold Formed Section technology
SFS Infill Systems, stud & track, offsite pre-assembled panels/cassettes
Non-loadbearing & loadbearing solutions
Lattice joists & floor cassettes
Design & value engineering
Examples of best practice technology applications
To book onto this event please contact
ILM Management Courses
Date: Various
Time & Venue: TBC
Cost: Can be requested via email address below
Vital Fire Solutions Ltd, the Trading arm of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service are running a series of ILM Management qualifications.
There are various dates for the courses which can be found here;
ILM Level 3 – Course 1 will run on 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th of November and 2nd December 2016.
ILM Level 3 – Course 2 will run on 13th, 20th & 27th January & 3rd, 10th of February 2017.
ILM Level 3 – Course 3 will run on 24th February and 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March 2017.
ILM Level 5 - will run on 12th, 19th & 26th January and 2nd, 16th, 19th and 23rd February 2017.
For further information, including costings of the courses please contact

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