Thursday 7th April 2016 Newsletter 
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

Last Friday afternoon was First Friday Club held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in association with Watson Burton. It was great to catch up with some of you and welcome many new faces to the networking group. If you would like to sponsor a future First Friday Club, please contact us for further details.

Then on Friday evening we held the Generation4Change North East Awards at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead Hotel and it was great to have over 250 of you there to help celebrate the achievements of young professionals within our industry. I would like to congratulate all who were shortlisted and especially those who were recognised as winners or received a commendation. We would also like to thank all the award sponsors including our headline sponsor the Northern Counties Builders Federation, Atlas Cloud, CIOB North East, Elliott Associates, Jacksons Law, Turner & Townsend, and drinks reception sponsor Northumbrian Water Group for their valued support.

This week has been both busy and exciting as on Tuesday we welcomed our new Administrator, Lauren Proctor, to the CENE team. More details about Lauren can be found in the news article below.

On Tuesday morning we held the legal briefing in conjunction with DAC Beachcroft. The seminar covering ‘Money Claims and Causation’ was delivered by Roddy Gordon, Partner in Construction & Engineering with DAC Beachcroft. The next in the series is on May 19th and details will be available shortly.

On Wednesday morning we launched the North East’s Construction Clients Group with guests Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety for Land Securities and Chair of the national CCG and Gren Tipper, CEO of Construction Clients Group. Clive and Gren presented on the history of CCG and what their currently doing. John McGovern, Chair CENE and Head of Asset Delivery at NWG discussed with those attending how the North East can replicate some of these activities.

Today Leanne and I are in London for Constructing Excellence National Clubs Day to discuss how the Clubs and regional networks can work better together and build links between the wider Constructing Excellence movement.

Next week we have two events taking place, on Tuesday we have CECA North East and Watson Burton monthly breakfast seminar and on Wednesday in association with Bond Dickinson, Andrew Clough, solicitor, will be discussing the rise of the ‘smash ‘n’ grab’ adjudications. If you would like to attend we do have a few places available and further details are below.

We will look forward to seeing you soon,

Best wishes


£96 million North East Highway Surfacing Framework Awarded
The North East Procurement Organisation in partnership with the North East Highways Alliance has entered into a four-year framework agreement with thirteen successful contractors, which signals a new more collaborative approach to highways construction.  The collaborative agreement which was led on behalf of NEPO by Darlington Borough Council covers sixteen specialist lots ranging from standard carriageway resurfacing to road markings. The framework, with an estimated annual spend value of £24 million across the region, will aim to implement all the Local Authorities’ annual planned maintenance to principal, non – principal and unclassified road networks.

A pipeline of works has been forecast from the Local Authorities programmes with both direct awards and further competitions emerging in various package sizes.  It is envisaged that the more joined up approach will drive benefits and efficiencies throughout the period of the framework.
The contract will be delivered under the NEC3 Form of Contract and specific KPI’s have been developed to deliver and monitor Social Value in key areas such as Employment & Skills.
The successful contractors are;
  • Bardon (aggregate industries) / Colas / Hanson / Henry Williams / Jointline / JPCS / Kiely Bros. / Miles Macadam / Northumbrian Roads / Rainton Construction / Road Techs / Tarmac / Textone Blast
Jeff Alexander, chair of Construction Alliance Northeast (CAN), an organisation which was recently formed to lobby for fairer procurement methods on behalf of its 500-plus SME member companies, welcomed the approach adopted by NEPO and Darlington Borough Council.  He said:
“It is encouraging to hear about the more collaborative approach to highways procurement which has been adopted in the case of this framework.

“By using local firms with local knowledge, it is possible to provide a greater range of value added benefits.  This is not only good news for the client, but for the regional economy as a whole.”
CENE are delighted to welcome our new member to the team Lauren Proctor who is our administrator and will be overseeing the general running of the office with support to Leanne and I on events. 

Let's hear a little bit about Lauren.
Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends either at the cinema or over a hot chocolate! When at work and also in her spare time she enjoys organising activities or events. She hopes she can be successful within this business and from her first impressions feel she will love working within Constructing Excellence with Leanne and Catriona. 

We are delighted to welcome Lauren to the team and feel she has settled in nicely especially last Friday evening at the G4C Awards as it was a bit of a baptism of fire! Having Lauren on board will expand Leanne's and my duties to bring further business in and also seeing our members to provide more benefits and services to the membership. 

We will be introducing Lauren to our events next week and if any of you are there please say hello!
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
Getting your contract right – understanding the basics
Date: 18th May 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 first 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.
To register please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or
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 

You're invited to!!

Sintons’ Construction team in conjunction with Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to invite you to their beginning of summer networking and drinks event.
This informal networking event will provide an opportunity for you to meet and catch up with professionals from the Built Environment.
Our Construction and Engineering team provides advice on all aspect of construction and engineering law, both contentious and non-contentious.

The event will be held at our office and a light buffet with refreshments will be provided.
If you would like to register please contact Leanne on 0191 5007880 or  
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
SSI Jobs Fair Redcar

Date: Tuesday 19th April 2016
Venue: Tuned In, Majuba Road, Redcar TS10 5BJ.

Start:10.00am / Finish 3.00pm
Jobcentre Plus and our partners are organising another SSI workforce & supply chain based Jobsfair. On this occasion we are trying to host employers from the industries related to the qualifications and training undertaken by the workforce, since leaving SSI.    

 Does your company intend to recruit staff within the following industry sectors: Logistics/ Distribution/Haulage, Engineering, Offshore Industry, Security, Chemical/Process Operations and Construction/Hire Industry? Those are the industries where the qualifications and training undertaken by the workforce would in the main, be used. If you have a number of vacancies, or expect to have some soon, and would like to attend the Jobsfair email your details to 

If you wish to discuss this invitation please contact us through the email address, or phone Angela Doody on 01642 398468 or Moira Routledge on 01642 398435.
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