Thursday 2nd June Newsletter
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Welcome to this week’s e-news.

I hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend and for those of you who have been off for the half term break. I certainly made the most of it!

This week has been pretty busy in the CENE office putting the finishing touches to the CENE Awards and we are now counting down the days until the ceremony. With only 8 days left before the awards please contact Leanne as soon as possible if for any reason you haven’t received your electronic tickets, menu and wine list.

This morning we supported the NAWIC North East Wildlife in Construction: Issues and Implications event at Hardwick Hall Hotel. We heard from E3 Ecology, Durham County Council and Durham Bat Group on the different types of surveys to be carried out, how to conduct them and issues on surrounding sites. I would like to thank all the speakers for their enjoyable presentations and an interesting insight into this subject matter.

This evening G4C North East are holding ‘Managing Construction Contracts – A Lawyers Guide’ with Stephen McLellan, Associate from DAC Beachcroft at their offices in Newcastle. Stephen will be holding two further seminars in June and July covering different aspects of construction contracts and details of those are below.

I will then be attending MDA Consulting 65th Celebration and would like to thank them for their kind invitation.

Tomorrow is the First Friday Club in association with Watson Burton LLP being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There are still places available so if you haven’t yet registered please see below for the link on how to reserve your space.

We would like to welcome Aptus Shopfitting and AB Heritage who have both recently joined the North East Club and look forward to seeing them at our forthcoming events.

Best wishes


CENE 2016 Awards - Journal Supplement Opportunity


The Journal has again been commissioned to publish the CENE 2016 annual awards supplement both in print & online on Friday 17th June. The supplement will gain the benefit of the Journals 67,000 daily readers and 3.4 million unique users of their companion website The online version of the supplement will also be shared across a selection of the Journal's social media channels. 

This supplement will provide an excellent opportunity for companies and organisations associated within the construction industry to promote their own products, services and success stories.


For further information, please contact Darrin Rush on 0191 201 6220 or email 

First Friday Club

Date: Friday 3rd June 2016
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Cost: Free

Watson Burton and Constructing Excellence in the North East would like to invite you First Friday Club on Friday 3rd June 2016. The leading networking event for construction, architectural and built environment professionals in the North East, First Friday Club gives you the opportunity to catch up in an informal environment with others in the industry.

The event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3SA.The event will take place in the restaurant area and light refreshments will be provided.

Watson Burton is sponsoring this First Friday Club. Partner David Spires will be welcoming you to the event and saying a few words on behalf of Watson Burton and the Construction team.

To book for this event please go to


NE Referendum – Opportunities for the Young Professionals

Date: 13th June 2016
Time: 17:30 to 19:00
Venue: Cooper's Studios - 14-18 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3NN

We welcome Ross Smith, Director of Policy, NECC to chair the event which will also include a question and answer panellist discussion between 'Stronger In' and 'Vote leave take control' representatives.

Alongside a valuable networking opportunity and questions from the floor, this event aims to fully inform and engage with north east young professionals ahead of the EU Referendum vote on the 23 June.

ICE North East graduate and student and G4C debate 2016
Date: Tuesday 14th June 2016
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
Cost: £8.50 for ICE non-members

ICE North East G&S and G4C have teamed up to deliver a debate for 2016.
This year's question is;
 "Does the UK construction industry have, and implement, the policies to best achieve diversity?"
The panel will include representatives from across the North East civil engineering industry as well as guests from outside the industry who will share their opinions on the topic.
The evening will also give the attendees the opportunity to meet ICE Vice President Tim Broyd and network with professionals from across the region. The event will start at 18:30 with refreshments and networking from 18:00.

To book please go to  
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 Lauren on 0191 5007880 or 

Asset Management

Date: 23rd June 2016
Time: 8.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Offices of Ward Hadaway, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cost: Free to CENE Club Members, £40+VAT Non Members
(Cancellation policy is within 48 hours notice)

Constructing Excellence in the North East Club are delighted to be working with our Constructing Excellence Asset Management Group in delivering you this half day seminar surrounding Asset and Facilities Management on a construction project.

Some say the single most damaging mistake in industry today is the common practice of overlooking asset management concepts during the design, construction and start-up of major new facilities. The global cost of this poor management practice is truly astronomical. New facilities experience excessive unplanned downtime, resulting in excessive costs and loss of critical production due to quality and quantity issues. These losses can be avoided by implementing proper business processes and good operational planning prior to facility start-up.

But, where do we start? Operating practices? Maintenance practices? Design?

At this seminar we will hear from:
- Tom Cudmore of the Constructing Excellence Asset Management Group. In February Constructing Excellence joined Whole Life Plus (WLP+), a project which has secured Innovate UK and EPSRC funding to research how building performance can be improved to enhance worker productivity and well-being to create happier, healthier and more productive workplaces. Tom Cudmore from LCMB will talk about the details of the WLP+ project and share the initial research findings from the first quarter, which has looked at the impact of different environmental changes on workplace performance

- Michael Anderson of Esh Facilities
- Richard Farrey of Silverstone Building Consultancy

If you wish to register for this event please contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 5007880 or

'Non-Performance – liability, making good defects and excuses/exclusions for non-performance"

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 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.
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
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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