Thursday 31st March 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

I hope you all had an eggcellent Easter Bank Holiday weekend and didn’t eat too many chocolate eggs!

We would like to thank Portland Consulting Engineers for inviting us to their Easter Reception at Tiger Hornsby, we had a great afternoon and it was lovely to catch up with so many of you.

This week we have been exceptionally busy putting the finishing touches to the Generation4Change North East Awards and can’t wait to welcome you all to the Hilton NewcastleGateshead tomorrow evening. We would like to congratulate all those who have been shortlisted and wish you all a fabulous evening and the very best of luck! 

Tomorrow afternoon is the First Friday Club in association with Watson Burton at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and we look forward to seeing you all there. If you are interested in sponsoring a First Friday Club there are a few months available for the rest of the year so please contact us for further details.

Next week, we have yet another busy week. On Tuesday morning is the monthly Contract Law seminars in conjunction with DAC Beachcroft looking at Money Claims and the Causations. We do still have a few places left if you wish to register please contact Leanne. On Wednesday morning is the launch of the Construction Clients Group in the North East and we are delighted to have the Director from the CCG along with the Head of Health & Safety from Land Securities to discuss how the forum will work and how Constructing Excellence can support the clients in the region.

Then on Thursday Leanne and I are in London attending the Constructing Excellence National Clubs Day. We are looking forward to meeting up with the other regional Club committee members and regional representatives too. If anyone is interested in sitting on our Club committee please let me know.

Finally, we will be welcoming our new apprentice to the team on Tuesday 5th April, Lauren Proctor and hopefully many of you will get to meet her at our events shortly.

We would like to welcome Fore Consulting Ltd to the North East Club and look forward to seeing them soon.

Best wishes


Identity Consult Celebrate 10th Birthday
Leading project managers and quantity surveyors Identity Consult are celebrating their 10th birthday this week and are eyeing further growth in the coming years.The Sunderland-based development consultants was founded in April 2006 by managing director David Dent and has grown to a team of 25 people between its North East Head office and its Preston base, which opened in 2013. Since then, the firm has worked on a series of flagship projects, both in the North East and in the North West. Despite being set up on the eve of a recession, Identity Consult continued to grow throughout this period, bucking the trend at a time when many of its rivals were forced to reduce staff numbers.
Over the past decade, Identity Consult has worked on schemes including:
- University of Sunderland's landmark CitySpace building and the refurbishment of the Sciences building;
- The TunedIn! @ myplace youth centre in Redcar;
- The Place commercial and retail development in Sunderland City Centre;
- Low Grange Health Centre in Eston;
- The Elms Extra Care scheme in Chester-Le-Street;
- Seafarer's Way Dementia Care scheme in Sunderland.
The company, which has seen turnover grow to £1.75m, is now owned by David and two fellow Directors, Mark Doherty and Pete Johnson. The directors are also keen to "put something back" and its growth has allowed Identity Consult to set up and support the Shildon AFC Development Centre which, through the company’s partnership with the Foundation of Light, looks to use sport as a means of re-engaging young people with education. In addition to this, they also support the Percy Hedley Foundation, which provides a range of support for disabled people, with the younger members of staff tasked with an "Apprentice" style challenge of investing £500 each year to make as much money as possible for the charity.
Housebuilder Story Homes, which is currently enjoying significant growth in the North East, has scooped a five-star rating for customer satisfaction at a prestigious industry award ceremony for the third year in a row.
Over 80,500 house-buyers across the country took part in the survey by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the National House Building Council (NHBC). Story Homes received an outstanding satisfaction rate of over 90 per cent, compared with the industry average of just 86 per cent. More than nine in 10 customers said they would recommend Story Homes to a friend.
Story Homes surpassed many of its competitors with a five-star rating – the highest achievable accolade – which is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. Only 13 other national housebuilding companies were awarded five stars, while 17 picked up the four-star rating. After a record year of growth, Story Homes has more than doubled the number of staff at its North East base, Panther House, with five active schemes across the region - including award-winning development The Woodlands at Shotley Bridge - and a number of upcoming developments in the pipeline.
The award was presented to Story Homes on Thursday 17 March at an event in London held by the HBF and warranty provider NHBC. For more information, please visit  
** Last chance to book - few spaces remain** 
Money Claims and Causation

Date: 5th April 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. The seminars will take place at DAC Beachcroft’s Newcastle office and this one is entitled ‘Money Claims and Causation’.

Roddy Gordon, Partner of Construction & Engineering at DAC Beachcroft will take a look at the following: 
- The principles on which damages area awarded
- Consequential loss
- Mitigation
- Recovery of loss of profits and goodwill and wasted expenditure
- Interest
- Increased prelims
- 'Hudson formula'
- Global claims
- Defective work
- Inconvenience, discomfort and distress
- "But for" test
- Burden of proof
- Concurrent causes

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
Construction Clients Group 
Date: 6th April 2016
Time: 8.30 – 11.00
Venue: e.volve Business Centre, Cygnet Way,
Rainton Bridge South Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 5QY

Constructing Excellence in the North East are delighted to be launching the region’s own Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) and would be delighted if you would attend the launch event on Wednesday 6th April at the e.volve business centre at Rainton Bridge.

The Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) is at the heart of Constructing Excellence as the body for all public and private sector clients’ to improve the value for money they get. It is the only dedicated client body combining public and private sector clients promoting best practice and industry improvements.

Speakers for the launch include
- Clive Johnson, Chair of CE CCG National and Group Head of Health & Safety for Head of Land Securities
- Gren Tipper, CEO for CCG
- John McGovern, Chair of CENE and Head of Asset Delivery for Northumbrian Water Group.
The aim of the CCG is to
·         Enable clients to get better value from construction procurement
·         Provide a learning and sharing network for clients
·         Promote best practice and industry improvement
·         Influence government policy and forthcoming legislation
·         Provide a collective client voice in key representative groups for private and public sector clients and client representatives
·         To increase client competence in the procurement of built assets

To register a place please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or email
Getting paid in the Construction Industry – Key Issues and
Is It Easy Money? – The rise of the Smash & Grab Adjudication

Date: 13th April 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson, St Ann’s Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: FREE to CENE Members, £30+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East in association with Bond Dickinson are delighted to bring you this morning briefing on the rise of the ‘Smash and Grab Adjudications’.

The seminar will cover:  
  • Tales from the Battlefield – An Adjudicator’s perspective on payment notice obligations, presenting your case to the Adjudicator.
  • Payment Notice Opportunities and Pitfalls - Review of rights to interim payment and protecting your position on overstated applications
  • Latest Smash & Grab adjudication case law – Where are we now?
  • What to watch out for - Practical advice on prompt payment, payment notices, pay less notices and applications 
Andrew Clough FCIArb, Managing Associate, Bond Dickinson LLP
Len Bunton FRICS FCIArb, Consultant, Hardies DRSS

To register for this event please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or
BIM – The Legal Aspects
Date: 20th April 2016
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am
Venue: Offices of Bond Dickinson LLP, St Ann’s Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

Cost: £20+VAT CENE Members / £40+VAT Non Members (Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)
Constructing Excellence in the North East in conjunction with Bond Dickinson’s Construction department will provide a practical overview of BIM from a legal perspective.

Simon Lewis, Partner at Bond Dickinson in Newcastle has been involved with the development of BIM and related topics for a number of years and has written and lectured extensively on BIM issues will discuss:
-What is BIM?
-Why bother?
-Level 2 and Level 3
-The contractual framework
-What happens next?  

To register for this event please contact Leanne 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.

** Please reserve or book your table now to avoid disappointment as we have already sold over 350 tickets**

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!
Summer Networking & Canapes
Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016 
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm 
Venue:The Balcony, Sintons Law, The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Further details will be available shortly!
Temporary Works in Construction

Date: 19th April 2016
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: The Durham Centre, Belmont, Co. Durham, DH1 1TN
Cost: £15 per person (includes refreshments)

This is an event run by the industry for the industry as part of the UK-wide Working Well Together (WWT) campaign.
Temporary works (TW) are the parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works to be built, it is the link between design and construction. Usually the TW are removed after use, for example access scaffolds, props, shoring, excavation support, falsework and formwork, etc. TW may also include hoarding, signage, fencing and road plates.
This event aims to promote awareness and knowledge of the importance of managing temporary works and to improve contractors’ management arrangements of temporary works. The target audience is Supervisors, Managers, Directors and those responsible for TW.

To register please contact Callum at CECA North East on 0191 274 5567 or
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